Vincent Tournier (Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient)
Narratives describing the Śākya clan are ubiquitous in Indian Buddhist literature and art. This study examines such narratives from the "Middle Period" of Indian Buddhism with narratological and philological tools, as a mirror of Buddhist identity and discourse of self-representation.
September 2016, 'The Śākyas as an Instrument of Self-representation in Middle Period Indian Buddhist Narrative', paper presented at the UKABS Annual Conference 2016, SOAS.
August 2017, 'Revisiting the Śākya clan as a marker of Indian monastic Self-Representation in the Buddha’s Hagiographies: The case of the Śākya temple', paper presented at the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 2017, University of Toronto.