Research Interests: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences
Discipline: History and Religion
Pillar / Cluster: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Alastair Gornallgained his Ph.D. in Asian Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2013. He is currently an Assistant Professor in History and Religion at the Singapore University of Technology and Design and a Research Associate in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia at SOAS, University of London. His research focuses on the intellectual and cultural history of Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia. He teaches courses on Asian religion and history and helps lead the digital humanities minor programme.
2014. Ciotti, Giovanni, Alastair Gornall and Paolo Visigalli, eds. Puṣpikā: Tracing Ancient India Through Texts and Traditions. Contributions to Current Research in Indology Volume 2. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
(with C. Hallisey and P.B. Meegaskumbura). “‘May It Always Be About Adding Beauty to Beauty’: The Story of the Mirror in Sri Lanka.” In A Lasting Vision: Dandin’s Mirror in the World of Asian Letters, ed. Yigal Bronner. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (in print)
2022. “Pali: Its Place in the Theravada Buddhist Tradition.” In The Routledge Handbook of Theravada Buddhism, ed. S. Berkwitzand A. Thompson. London: Routledge.
2020. “The Sources of the Sidat Saňgarā, the First Grammar of Sinhala.” In Multilingualism in South India: Patterns of Language Interaction, ed. G. Ciotti and E. McCann, 411–28. Puducherry: Institut Français de Pondichéry, École Française d’Extrême-Orient.
2019 (with Aleix Ruiz-Falqués). “Scholars of Premodern Pali Buddhism.” In Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism, ed. by Jonathan A. Silk, Richard Bowring, Vincent Eltschinger and Michael Radich, 420–36. Leiden: Brill.
2018 (with Amal Gunasena). “A History of the Pali Grammatical Traditions of South and Southeast Asia by Vaskaḍuvē Subhūti (1876): Part One: The Kaccāyana-vyākaraṇa and its commentaries.” Journal of the Pali Text Society 33: 1–53.
2018 (with Aleix Ruiz-Falqués).“Verses of a Dying Arahant: A Revised Edition and Translation of the Telakaṭāhagāthā.” Journal of the Pali Text Society 33: 55–100.
2017 (with Justin Henry). “Beautifully Moral: Cosmopolitan Issues in Medieval Pali Literary Theory.” In Sri Lanka at the Crossroads of History, ed. by Alan Strathern and Zoltán Biedermann, 77–93. London: University College London Press.
2015. “Fame and Philology: R.C. Childers and the Beginnings of Pāli and Buddhist Studies.” Contemporary Buddhism, vol. 16, no. 2: 462–89.
2014. “How Many Sounds Are in Pāli? Schisms, Identity and Ritual in the Theravāda Saṅgha.”Journal of Indian Philosophy, vol. 42, no. 5: 511–50.
Recorded Lectures and Talks
Online lecture for Shan State Buddhist University/ King’s College, London, 7 August 2020.
Conference paper for A Lasting Vision: Dandin’s Mirror in the World of Asian Letters, Jerusalem, Israel, 13–17 December 2015.
2009 – 2012, PhD, South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge
2009, MA, Study of Religions, SOAS, University of London (Distinction)
2008, BA, Study of Religions, SOAS, University of London (1st Class Hons.)
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
2018 Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowship in Buddhist Studies
2014 SUTD Pedagogy Research Grant
2009 - 2012, Rapson Scholarship, University of Cambridge
2008 - 2009, AHRC Research Preparation Masters Award, SOAS