Alicia Turner is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Humanities at York University in Toronto. An expert in Buddhism in Burma/Myanmar, she is interested in the intersections of colonialism, nationalism, and secularism. Her first book Saving Buddhism: The Impermanence of Religion in Colonial Burma explores concepts of sāsana, identity, and religion through a study of Buddhist lay associations. She has also co-authored The Irish Buddhist: The Forgotten Monk Who Faced Down the British Empire (Oxford 2020), which tells the story of an extraordinary Irish sailor who became a Buddhist monk and anti-colonial activist in early twentieth-century Asia in order to explore multi-ethnic plebeian Asian networks at the heart Buddhist reform.
Lunch will be provided.
Please RSVP to Marielle at firstname.lastname@example.org by 11/1 if you would like to attend.
Monday, November 4, 2019 – 12:00pm