Alicia M. Turner
Alicia Turner is Associate Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at York University in Toronto and the Editor of The Journal of Burma Studies. 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. She specializes in the study of Buddhism in Southeast Asia with an emphasis on the period of British colonialism in Burma/Myanmar. Her research focuses on the intersections of religion, colonialism and nationalism. Her current projects include a collaborative project on Europeans Buddhist monks and a biography of U Dhammaloka, an Irish sailor turned monk and anticolonial agitator at the turn of the twentieth century. She is also beginning work on the study of Buddhist networks from the margins in colonial Southeast Asia and a digital archive of Buddhist publications from this period.
- Turner, Alicia. 2014. Saving Buddhism: Moral Community and the Impermanence of Colonial Religion, Southeast Asia—Politics, Meaning and Memory Series. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.
- Brac de la Perrière, Bénédicte, Guillaume Rozenberg and Alicia Turner eds. 2014. Champions of Buddhism: Weikza Cults in Contemporary Burma. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.
- Turner, Alicia. 2016. "Myanmar: Contesting Conceptual Landscapes in the Politics of Buddhism." Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia 19.
Keywords: Religion; colonialism; nationalism; Buddhism in Southeast Asia; Burma/Myanmar