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UG Essay & Dissertation Prize

Undergraduate Essay Prize

A prize of £ 50 is offered for the best UG essay written at SOAS on any subject related to Jainism.

Previous Winners
Samantha Stapleford 2005

Explore the status of women in Jainism with particular reference to the contrasting codes of conduct for Jain nuns and laywomen

Zsofia Gyurka 2006

Discuss the principal features of the theory of Karma in Jainism

Mankiran Riyait 2007

Discuss the nature of liberation and the means of achieving it with reference to the Tattvartha Sutra of Umasvati

Alexis Berko 2008

Karmic exploration of Jain & Ajivika doctrine

Brigita Molnarova 2009

Compare the reasons for the Digambara – Svetambara split that are given by both traditions 

Corinne Smith 2010

Discuss fasting unto death in terms of Jainism and brahmanical custom

Zeid Hardiman 2011
Outline and assess the role of ahimsa in Jain soteriology with comparison to contemporary Jain portrayals of ahimsa

Vaishali Shah 2012
Continuities and the differences between Early and Classical Jaina Doctrines on Karma and Bondage

Dissertation Prize

Hugh St Aubyn: winner of the 2007 dissertation prize

Hugh St Aubyn: winner of the 2007 dissertation prize

A prize of £ 50 is offered for the best PG dissertation or ISP essay at SOAS on any subject related to Jainism.

Previous Winners
Samani Pratibha Prajñā 2006

The human body as a means of liberation in Jain literature

Zipporah Weisberg 2007 

A comparative analysis of nonviolence to nonhumans in Svetambara Jain doctrine and ascetic practice and animal liberation philosophy and practice

Hugh St Aubyn 2008

Sallekhana: its place within the Jain religious tradition and the context of its status as voluntary death or suicide

Ken Ishikawa 2010
Buddhist/Jain Sculptures in Gujarat

Aleksandra Gordeeva 2011
 
The Role of Jainism in Max Weber's sociology (Joint Dissertation) 

Elisabetta Marabotto 2011
Returning to the Absolute: a study of Jain cosmological diagrams, cloth and metal yantras (Joint Dissertation)

Contact:

Dr Peter Flügel
Jainstudies@soas.ac.uk