Alexander (alexander.oneill @ mail.utoronto.ca) joined as an MA student at the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Toronto in Fall. He will be receiving his BA (Hons.) at the University of Toronto in 2014, with a Specialist in History of Religions and a Minor in Philosophy. He is studying Sanskrit, Pāli, and Newar and is interested in Newar religion and anthropology. His projected thesis is on Buddhist Prajñāpāramitā literature and it’s relationship with paratexts and the cult of the book in Mahāyāna, particularly as they manifest themselves in modern Newar Buddhism. He has also worked in Taiwan, collaborating on an encyclopaedia of Buddhist visual culture.
Currently, Alexander is Research Assistant in the SSHRC-funded project “Once the Buddha Was a Girl. Girl Children and Young Women as Religious Agents between Burma/Myanmar and Nepal”.
In March 2015 Alexander was admitted to the Department for the Study of Religion’s doctoral program, which he will be joining in fall.