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Dr Hiroko Kawanami

Dr Hiroko Kawanami

Senior Lecturer

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 592413
Office hours: Otherwise by Appointment

I am a social anthropologist and Buddhist studies scholar interested in gender and religion, dissemination of knowledge and moral values, social justice and wellbeing, charismatic power(s) of monastic practitioners, and more recently on how natural disasters have affected Buddhist communities and their interactions with both local and international humanitarian organisations in creating civil society. I am fluent in vernacular Myanmar and Japanese (my first degree was in Spanish though) and have conducted research on the Buddhist monastic community in Myanmar for the last 25 years. My most recent publication is Renunciation and Empowerment of Buddhist Nuns in Myanmar-Burma (2013 Brill) http://www.brill.com/renunciation-and-empowerment-buddhist-nuns-myanmar-burma

PhD Supervision Interests

Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Japan; Buddhist issues in the contemporary world; Buddhist nuns and female monasticism; Buddhism and political process; spiritual well-being and the application of mindfulness in Asian societies; anthropology of Buddhism

Current Teaching

Undergraduate Courses:

RST 100 World Religions: Buddhism

PPR 252 Buddhism and Modernity in Asian Societies

PPR 354 Reading Buddhism 

MA Courses:

PPR 475 Construction of Gender in Asian Religions 

PPR 478 Buddhism and Society

Research Grants

Career Details

I studied international relations and politics as an undergraduate student in Japan and then social anthropology as a postgraduate student in the UK. I spent a few years in Myanmar to study Buddhism and lived as a Buddhist nun for 16 months.

I taught at Sophia University in Japan before coming to the UK and was Evans Fellow at Cambridge University for three years before coming to Lancaster University.

Recent Activities and Grants

I was elected Secretary of UK Association for Buddhist Studies (July 2014).

I was awarded the Robert H N Ho Family Foundation Collaborative Grant in Buddhist Studies to conduct research on 'Communal jurisdiction of non-ordained female renunciants in the Southern Buddhist tradition.'

I gave an e-lecture on Women and Buddhism Initiative at Hamburg University, Germany (June 2014).

I organized a workshop titled: 'Gender, Buddhism, Development Actors and Civil Society (23-24 February 2013) in Sagaing, Myanmar, and hosted it with Dr Monica Lindberg Falk, Director of the Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies, Lund University, Sweden, and the Gender Equality Network (GEN) in Myanmar.

Office Hours

Otherwise by Appointment

2013

Buddhism, international relief work, and civil society

Kawanami, H. (ed.) & Geoffrey, S. (ed.) 18/12/2013 Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 240 p. (Contemporary Anthropology of Religion).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsScholarly edition

Implications of international relief work and civil society for Japanese Buddhists affiliated with traditional denominations

Kawanami, H. 18/12/2013 Buddhism, international relief work, and civil society. Kawanami, H. & Samuel, G. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, (Contemporary Anthropology of Religion).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Renunciation and empowerment of Buddhist nuns in Myanmar-Burma: building a community of female faithful

Kawanami, H. 6/02/2013 Leiden: Brill. 258 p. (Social Sciences in Asia; 33).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsMonograph

2012

Buddhism and globalization

Kawanami, H. 05/2012 Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Anheier, H. K. & Juergensmeyer, M. (eds.). Sage Publications, Vol. 1, p. 141-145 5 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Sangha and society

Kawanami, H. 04/2012 The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice. Palmer, M. D. & Burgess, S. M. (eds.). Oxford: WileyBlackwell, p. 280-291 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2010

The politics of gender identity amongst Buddhist nuns in Myanmar.

Kawanami, H. 2010 Contested Spaces: Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary Times. Thapan, M. (ed.). Hyderabad, India: Orient Blackswan, p. 212-229 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2009

Buddhism (revised 2nd edition)

Kawanami, H. & Cantwell, C. 2009 Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations. London and New York: Routledge, p. 67-102

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Power, Authority, and Contested Hegemony in Burmese-Myanmar Religion: Special Issue on Burma-Myanmar

Kawanami, H. (ed.) & Brac de la Perriere, B. (ed.) 2009 In: Asian Ethnology. 68, 2, p. 177-365 189 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Bukkyo o hiraku Ajia no jyoseitachi: Taidan: Kawanami Hiroko x Majima Jokei

Kawanami, H. 01/2009 In: Gendai Shukyo. 2009, 9784870236318, p. 131-163 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Religions in the Modern World (revised 2nd edition): Traditions and Transformations

Woodhead, L., Kawanami, H. & Partridge, C. 2009 London and New York: Routledge. 549 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Charisma, power(s), and the arahant ideal in Burmese-Myanmar Buddhism.

Kawanami, H. 2009 In: Asian Ethnology. 68, 2, p. 211-237 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Introduction to the Special Issue on Myanmar-Burmese Religion.

Kawanami, H. 2009 In: Asian Ethnology. 68, 2, p. 177-183 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Buddhism, is there better balance in the East?

Kawanami, H. 09/2008 The Edge of Reason: Science and Religion in Modern Society. Bentley, A. (ed.). London: Compendium, p. 145-152 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2007

Jenda to Bukkyo

Kawanami, H. 10/2007 Studying Gender in Religious Studies. Kawahashi, N. & Tanaka, M. (eds.). Kyoto: Sekai Shisosha, p. 22-36 15 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Myanmaa bukkyo to seiji

Kawanami, H. 10/2007 In: Zenbutsu. 533, p. 3-8 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The bhikkhunī ordination debate: global aspirations, local concerns, with special emphasis on the views of the monastic community in Burma.

Kawanami, H. 11/2007 In: Buddhist Studies Review. 24, 2, p. 226-244 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Women in Buddhism: understanding the struggle

Kawanami, H. 2004 Meeting Buddhists. Harris, E. J. & Kauth, R. (eds.). Leicester: Christians Aware, p. 240-250 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2002

Property holdings and vicissitudes of Burmese nunnery schools.

Kawanami, H. 1/12/2002 In: Kokuritsu Minzokugaku Hakabutsukan Kenkyu - Hokuku. 26, 4, p. 575-601 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Religions in the Modern World (1st edition): Traditions and Transformations

Woodhead, L., Fletcher, P., Kawanami, H. & Smith, D. J. 2002 London and New York: Routledge.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Buddhism (1st edition)

Kawanami, H. & Cantwell, C. 2002 Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations. Woodhead, L., Fletcher, P., Kawanami, H. & Smith, D. J. (eds.). London and New York: Routledge, p. 41-69 29 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2001

Can women be celibate?: sexuality and abstinence in Theravada Buddhism.

Kawanami, H. 2001 Celibacy, culture and society: the anthropology of sexual abstinence. Sobo, E. J. & Bell, S. (eds.). Madison, Wisc.: University of Wisconsin Press, p. 137-156 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations

Woodhead, L., Fletcher, P., Kawanami, H. & Smith, D. 2001 London: Routledge.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2000

Female renunciants.

Kawanami, H. 2000 The Life of Buddhism. Reynolds, F. E. & Carbine, J. A. (eds.). Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, p. 85-95 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Patterns of renunciation.

Kawanami, H. 2000 Women's Buddhism Buddhism's Women. Findly, E. B. (ed.). Boston: Wisdom Publications, p. 159-171 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1999

Japanese nationalism and universal Dharma.

Kawanami, H. 1999 Buddhism and Politics in Modern Asia. Harris, I. (ed.). London: Pinter, p. 105-126 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1997

Jyosei to Bukkyoshugyo [Women and Buddhist practice]

Kawanami, H. 1997 Myanmar: Culture and Tradition of Compassion. Okudaira, R. (ed.). Tokyo: Fujita Vente, p. 68-73 6 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Biruma Bukkyo ni okeru jyosei: shukke to sezoku

Kawanami, H. 01/1997 History of Asian Women: An Attempt for a Comparative History. Hayashi, R. & Yanagida, S. (eds.). Tokyo: Akashi Shoten, p. 267-274 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Buddhist nuns in transition.

Kawanami, H. 1997 Indian Insights: Buddhism, Brahmanism and Bhakti. Connolly, P. & Hamilton, S. (eds.). London: Luzac Oriental, p. 209-224 16 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1996

Women in Buddhism revisited.

Kawanami, H. 1996 Women, Power and Resistance. Cosslett, T., Easton, A. & Summerfield, P. (eds.). Buckingham: Open University Press, p. 69-78 10 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1995

Waiting for doomsday: the rise and rise of the Japanese cult

Kawanami, H. 1995 In: Demos Quarterly. 6, p. 42-44 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1994

Shakai to kyoiku

Kawanami, H. & Ito, T. 12/1994 Myanmar in Description. Tokyo: Kobundo, p. 184-200 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1990

The religious standing of Burmese Buddhist nuns (thila-shin): the Ten Precepts and religious respect words.

Kawanami, H. 1990 In: The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies. 13, 1, p. 17-39 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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