School of Divinity

Asian Religions

Applications are welcome from students with a strong academic background in Religious Studies, Asian Studies, or another relevant Humanities or Social Science discipline. Depending on the research project that is envisaged, you may need to demonstrate linguistic qualifications appropriate for your chosen field of study.

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While we welcome proposals on a wide-range of topics within the field of Asian Religions, our own expertise lies primarily in the following key areas:

  • The intersections between indigenous religions, Hinduism and local Christianities in South and Southeast Asia
  • The ethnographic study of South Asia, with particular expertise in Northeast India and the Himalayan region
  • The intersection between religion, politics and nationalism in South and Southeast Asia
  • Religious narrative in early India, including the Hindu epics and Buddhist and Jain narrative
  • Buddhism in India, particularly early Buddhism and Buddhist literature in Sanskrit
  • Theravada Buddhism, including Pali literature

In addition to these areas of expertise, we can also offer joint supervision with colleagues from elsewhere in the School, or from other parts of the University, for example Anthropology, Asian Studies, and South Asian Studies. For a list of University staff with a research interest in Asian Religions, see the Asian Religions Network webpage.

The Asian Religions Network circulates information about relevant research seminars taking place across the University, as well as hosting public lectures, work-in-progress workshops, and social events.


Dr Naomi Appleton

Senior Lecturer in Asian Religions

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Dr Arkotong Longkumer

Lecturer in Religious Studies

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