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Dr Naomi Appleton

Chancellor's Fellowship - Senior Lecturer

Willingness to take PhD 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. Seeking Perfection on the Path to Buddhahood

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

  2. Sutton Trust Summer School 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Schools engagement

  3. Discovery Day for RMPS Higher pupils

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Schools engagement

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