Raphaël Voix holds an MA and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Paris West Nanterre la Défense where he has been a part-time lecturer, and also an MA in Bengali from the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Paris) where he teaches Hinduism. He is an associate member of the Centre d’Études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud (CEIAS : http://ceias.ehess.fr).
He specialises in the study of contemporary Hindu asceticism and has conducted extensive fieldwork on Bengali sects. His research deals mainly with tantric practices, violence and utopia in Hindu India. He is currently involved in the project ‘Just-India’ (http://just-india.net) coordinating the section on Religion and the State. In previous research he studied interactions between modern yoga and Sufism in Morocco.