Alicia M. Turner
Alicia Turner is Associate Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies. She is interested in the intersections of religion, colonialism, secularism and nationalism in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Buddhism in Burma (Myanmar) over the past 150 years. Her book Saving Buddhism: The Impermanence of Religion in Colonial Burma explores the fluid nature of the concepts of sāsana, identity and religion through a study of Buddhist lay associations in colonial Burma. Her current projects include a jointed written biography of U Dhammaloka, an Irish sailor and agitator turned Buddhist monk, work on the history and concept of Buddhist secularisms and a genealogy of religious difference and tolerance in Burma (Myanmar).
Saving Buddhism: Moral Community and the Impermanence of Colonial Religion, Southeast Asia—Politics, Meaning and Memory Series (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2014).
“The Bible, the Bottle and the Knife: Religion as a Mode of Resisting Colonialism for
U Dhammaloka” Contemporary Buddhism, 14, no. 1 (May 2013): 66-77.
“Religion Making and Its Failures: Turning Monasteries into Schools and Buddhism into a Religion in Colonial Burma” in Markus Dressler and Arvind Mandair eds., Secularism and Religion Making (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 226-42.
“Pali Scholarship ‘in it Truest Sense’ in Burma: The Multiple Trajectories in Colonial Deployments of Religion,” The Journal of Asian Studies, accepted for publication, no date.
“Myanmar: Contesting Conceptual Landscapes in the Politics of Buddhism,” Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, 19 (March 2016).
Keywords: Religion; colonialism; nationalism; Buddhism in Southeast Asia; Burma/Myanmar