Dr Hiroko Kawanami

Senior Lecturer

Current Teaching


RST 100 World Religions: Buddhism

PPR 252 Buddhism and Modernity in Asian Societies

PPR 364 Buddhism, State, and Political Monks


PPR 470 Studying Reliigon (MA core module)

Review of 'Gender and the Path to Awakening': Hidden Histories of Nuns in Modern Thai Buddhism
Kawanami, H. 23/07/2020 In: Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. 83, 2, 3 p.
Book/Film/Article review

The Culture of Giving in Myanmar: Buddhist Offerings, Reciprocity and Interdependence
Kawanami, H. 11/06/2020 London : Bloomsbury Academic. 224 p. ISBN: 9781350124189.

Review of 'The Immortals': Faces of the Incredible in Buddhist Burma
Kawanami, H. 12/2018 In: Asian Ethnology. 77, 1, 3 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Monastic Discipline and Communal Rules for Buddhist Nuns in Myanmar and Thailand
Lindberg Falk, M., Kawanami, H. 1/10/2018 In: Journal of Buddhism, Law & Society. 3, Special Issue 1, p. 39-68. 30 p.
Journal article

A modern-day Burmese Weikza: Bodaw Aungteza
Kawanami, H. 06/2016 In: Figures of Buddhist modernity in Asia. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press p. 130-132. 3 p. ISBN: 9780824858544.

Buddhism and the political process
Kawanami, H. 15/03/2016 New York : Palgrave Macmillan. 304 p. ISBN: 9781137573995.

U Nu's liberal democracy and Buddhist communalism in modern Burma
Kawanami, K. 15/03/2016 In: Buddhism and the political process. New York : Palgrave Macmillan p. 31-55. 25 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Kawanami, H., Cantwell, C. 25/01/2016 In: Religions in the modern world. London : Routledge p. 73-112. 40 p. ISBN: 9780415858816. Electronic ISBN: 9781315694443.

Religions in the modern world: traditions and transformations
Woodhead, L., Partridge, C., Kawanami, H. 25/01/2016 3rd ed. London : Routledge. 598 p. ISBN: 9780415858809, 9780415858816.

Buddhist monasticism and contemporary trends: from the viewpoint of Buddhist women and Buddhist nuns
Kawanami, H. 11/2015 In: Historia Religionum. An International Journal. 2015, p. 75-86. 12 p.
Journal article

Is there a future for Buddhist nuns in Myanmar?
Kawanami, H. 2/10/2015 In: Metamorphosis. Singapore : Nuss Press Singapore / IRASEC p. 291-319. 29 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Buddhism, international relief work, and civil society
Kawanami, H., Geoffrey, S. 18/12/2013 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. 240 p. ISBN: 9781137380227.

Implications of international relief work and civil society for Japanese Buddhists affiliated with traditional denominations
Kawanami, H. 18/12/2013 In: Buddhism, international relief work, and civil society. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 101-121. 21 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Renunciation and empowerment of Buddhist nuns in Myanmar-Burma: building a community of female faithful
Kawanami, H. 6/02/2013 Brill. 258 p.

Buddhism and globalization
Kawanami, H. 05/2012 In: Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Sage Publications 5 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Sangha and society
Kawanami, H. 04/2012 In: The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice. Oxford : WileyBlackwell p. 280-291. 12 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The politics of gender identity amongst Buddhist nuns in Myanmar.
Kawanami, H. 2010 In: Contested Spaces: Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary Times. Hyderabad, India : Orient Blackswan p. 212-229. 18 p. ISBN: 978 81 250 4092 7.

Bukkyo o hiraku Ajia no jyoseitachi: Taidan: Kawanami Hiroko x Majima Jokei
Kawanami, H. 01/2009 In: Gendai Shukyo. 2009, 9784870236318, 33 p.

Buddhism (revised 2nd edition)
Kawanami, H., Cantwell, C. 2009 In: Religions in the Modern World. London and New York : Routledge p. 67-102.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Charisma, power(s), and the arahant ideal in Burmese-Myanmar Buddhism.
Kawanami, H. 2009 In: Asian Ethnology. 68, 2, p. 211-237. 27 p.
Journal article

Introduction to the Special Issue on Myanmar-Burmese Religion.
Kawanami, H. 2009 In: Asian Ethnology. 68, 2, p. 177-183. 7 p.
Journal article

Power, Authority, and Contested Hegemony in Burmese-Myanmar Religion: Special Issue on Burma-Myanmar
Kawanami, H., Brac de la Perriere, B. 2009 In: Asian Ethnology. 68, 2, 189 p.
Special issue

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. ISBN: 9780415458917.

Buddhism, is there better balance in the East?
Kawanami, H. 09/2008 In: The Edge of Reason. London : Compendium p. 145-152. 8 p. ISBN: 978-1847062185.

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.
Journal article

Jenda to Bukkyo
Kawanami, H. 10/2007 In: Jyenda de Manabu Shukyogaku. Kyoto : Sekai Shisosha p. 22-36. 15 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Monastic economy and interactions with society: in the case of Burmese Buddhist nuns.
Kawanami, H. 10/2007 Hiroko Kawanami, 24 p.
Discussion paper

Myanmaa bukkyo to seiji
Kawanami, H. 10/2007 In: Zenbutsu. 533, p. 3-8. 5 p.
Journal article

Women in Buddhism: understanding the struggle
Kawanami, H. 2004 In: Meeting Buddhists. Leicester : Christians Aware p. 240-250. 11 p. ISBN: 187337223X.

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.
Journal article

Buddhism (1st edition)
Kawanami, H., Cantwell, C. 2002 In: Religions in the Modern World . London and New York : Routledge p. 41-69. 29 p. ISBN: 9780415217842.

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. ISBN: 9780415217842.

Can women be celibate?: sexuality and abstinence in Theravada Buddhism.
Kawanami, H. 2001 In: Celibacy, culture and society. Madison, Wisc. : University of Wisconsin Press p. 137-156. 20 p. ISBN: 0-2991-7164-7.

Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations
Woodhead, L., Fletcher, P., Kawanami, H., Smith, D. 2001 London : Routledge. ISBN: 9780203398494 0203398491.

Female renunciants.
Kawanami, H. 2000 In: The Life of Buddhism. Berkeley, CA : University of California Press p. 85-95. 11 p. ISBN: 0520223373.

Patterns of renunciation.
Kawanami, H. 2000 In: Women's Buddhism Buddhism's Women. Boston : Wisdom Publications p. 159-171. 13 p. ISBN: 0 86171 165 3.

Japanese nationalism and universal Dharma.
Kawanami, H. 1999 In: Buddhism and Politics in Modern Asia. London : Pinter p. 105-126. 22 p.

Biruma Bukkyo ni okeru jyosei: shukke to sezoku
Kawanami, H. 01/1997 In: Ajia Jyoseishi. Tokyo : Akashi Shoten p. 267-274. 8 p. ISBN: 9784750309392.

Buddhist nuns in transition.
Kawanami, H. 1997 In: Indian Insights: Buddhism, Brahmanism and Bhakti. London : Luzac Oriental p. 209-224. 16 p. ISBN: 1 898942 15 3.

Jyosei to Bukkyoshugyo [Women and Buddhist practice]
Kawanami, H. 1997 In: Myanmaa. Tokyo : Fujita Vente p. 68-73. 6 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Women in Buddhism revisited.
Kawanami, H. 1996 In: Women, Power and Resistance. Buckingham : Open University Press p. 69-78. 10 p. ISBN: 0 335 19390 0.

Waiting for doomsday: the rise and rise of the Japanese cult
Kawanami, H. 1995 In: Demos Quarterly. 6, p. 42-44. 3 p.
Journal article

Shakai to kyoiku
Kawanami, H., Ito, T. 12/1994 In: Mottoshiritai Myanmaa. Tokyo : Kobundo p. 184-200. 17 p. ISBN: 4335510810.

The religious standing of Burmese Buddhist nuns (thila-shin) : the Ten Precepts and religious respect words.
Kawanami, H. 1990 In: Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies. 13, 1, p. 17-39. 23 p.
Journal article