Dr Vincent Tournier
Seiyu Kiriyama Lecturer in Buddhist Studies
Member, Centre of Jaina Studies
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
- Dr Vincent Tournier
- Email address:
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- SOAS, University of London
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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.
PhD Students supervised
- Ronit Wang, Buddhist Hells in Thai Popular Culture
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.
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.
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.