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Dr Naomi Appleton

Chancellor's Fellowship - Senior Lecturer

Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Oxford
Biography and Buddhahood: Jātaka Stories in Theravāda Buddhism
Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Cardiff University
Seduced by Saṃsāra, Saved by a Flying Horse: A Study of the Aśvarāja and Siṃhala Stories
Bachelor of Arts, Cardiff University

Professional Qualifications

Fundamentals in University Teaching and Learning (40 credits level 7)

Research Interests

My primary research interest is the role of narrative in the construction and communication of religious ideas in early South Asia, within and between Buddhist, Jain and Brahmanical Hindu traditions. I research how stories are used to explore and express religious ideas such as karma and rebirth (for example through multi-life stories) and relationships to religious others (for example through the adaptation of a character, story or motif from another religious tradition or from a shared narrative pool).

Research activities & awards

  1. Approaching Religion through Story: New Resources from Hinduism and Islam

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Business and Community - Continuing Professional Development (CPD)/Training

  2. Approaching Religion through Story: Stories from Buddhist, Christian and Hindu Traditions

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. How to Live a Good Life: Tales of Kings and Sages in Ancient India

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

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