Monthly Archives: March 2015

The passing of UK Buddhist scholars

The UK Buddhist studies community has lost two great scholars in the past months. Just before Christmas Ian Harris, expert in Buddhist ethics and Cambodian Buddhism, and founding member of UKABS (the UK Association for Buddhist Studies), passed away. And … Continue reading

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Biography and the study of religion

Last week we (here at the School of Divinity) held a panel discussion on the theme ‘Religious Biographies’. This was an idea that came from the ‘Story and Religion’ network, which was formed last year to bring together colleagues across … Continue reading

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More thoughts on method and methodology

I have been re-reading the works of Wendy Doniger that explore myth and gender, as part of some research I am doing into the characterisation of the mothers of Indian religious heroes. I love Doniger’s work – the clarity, the … Continue reading

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Misogyny, Buddhism, and International Women’s Day

It is International Women’s Day on Sunday, and we have marked it this week with a photograph of female staff and students at New College. But, ironically, this week I have also reached a little cluster of misogynous stories in … Continue reading

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