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Department of the Study of Religions

Dr Vincent Tournier

PhD (Paris)

Overview

Vincent Tournier
Department of the Study of Religions

Seiyu Kiriyama Lecturer in Buddhist Studies

Centre of Jaina Studies

Member, Centre of Jaina Studies

Centre of Buddhist Studies

Chair

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Name:
Dr Vincent Tournier
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4753
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
343
Office Hours:
Thursdays 11am-1pm

Biography

Vincent Tournier studied History and Anthropology at the University of Strasbourg, and Buddhist Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, where he obtained his PhD. Before joining SOAS, he worked as a research fellow at the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology (Tokyo), at the International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden), and as Post-doctoral researcher at the Leiden Institute for Area Studies.

Research

Vincent Tournier’s main field of interest is the history of Buddhism in Ancient and Early Medieval South Asia. His research includes investigations of models and figures of human perfection; the history of Buddhist schools, lineages, and centres; the processes of scriptural formation and authentication; narrative representations of the past; Buddhist cosmology; and monastic life and regulations.

Employing philological and historical methods, he works with a wide range of texts, from literary compositions to scholastic treatises, employing manuscripts and epigraphical materials from the Indian subcontinent (including present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan), Sri Lanka, and Nepal.

Publications

Book Chapters

Tournier, Vincent (2012) 'Matériaux pour une histoire de la légende et du culte de Mahākāśyapa: une relecture d’un fragment inscrit retrouvé à Silao (Bihār).' In: Autour de Bāmiyān. De la Bactriane hellénisée à l'Inde bouddhique. Paris: De Boccard, pp. 375-413.

Articles

Tournier, Vincent (2014) 'Mahākāśyapa, His Lineage, and the Wish for Buddhahood: Reading Anew the Bodhgayā Inscriptions of Mahānāman.' Indo-Iranian Journal, 57 (1-2). pp. 1-60.

Tournier, Vincent (2012) 'The Mahāvastu and the Vinayapiṭaka of the Mahāsāṃghika-Lokottaravādins.' Annual Report of the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology , 15 . pp. 87-104.

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