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Henry Albery M.A.

Lebenslauf

Education

April 2014 - July 2017:
Dr. Phil (Des.) Indologie und Religionswissenschaft, 
Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München. 
Thesis Title: Betwixt Two Empires: The Institutions, Individuals and Practices of North and Northwest Indic Buddhism, 1st Century BCE-3rd Century CE.

September 2012 - September 2013:
MA Religions of Asia and Africa,
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

September 2007 - July 2010:
BA(hons) Study of Religions,
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Awarded: 2:1 (Upper Second Class).

 

Academic Positions

April 2018 (current):
Postdoctoral Fellow (Habilitation) 
Distant Worlds Graduate School, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.
- Fortnightly discussions on Gender Studies and Identity.

February 2018 (current):
Lecturer (Dozent) in Sanskrit (Grammatik, Linguistik und Semantik)
Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.
- Teaching grammar, linguistics and translation. 

October 2017 - February 2018:
Lecturer (Dozent) in Buddhist Studies
Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München. 

July - September 2017:
Postdoctoral Scholarship
Distant Worlds Graduate School, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.
- Fortnightly discussions on Myth, Ritual Studies, Semiology and Sociology.

 

Academic Teaching

April - July 2018:
Sanskrit 4 (Linguistik und Semantik)
Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.

April - August 2018:
Sanskrit 2 (Grammatik und Semantik)
Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.

February 2018:
Sanskrit 1 (Grammatik und Semantik) 
Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.

February 2018:
Sanskrit 5, (Linguistik und Semantik)
Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.

October 2017 - February 2018:
A Social-History of Buddhism in Greater Gandhāra 
Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.

July - August 2013:
An Introduction to Buddhism 
School of Oriental and African Studies Students Union, University of London.

Publications

Articles:
Albery, Henry, ‘Astro-Biographies of Śākyamuni and the Great Renunciation in Gandhāran Art’, in From Local to Global. Papers in Asian History and Culture. Prof. A. K. Narain Commemoration Volume., ed. by Kamal Sheel, Charles Willemen, and Kenneth Zysk, 3 vols (Delhi: Buddhist World Press, 2017), II, 346–82. 
Albery, Henry, Lohmann, Polly, and Zurharke, Laurien, ‘Preface: Continuities and Changes of Meaning’, Distant Worlds Journal, 1 (2016), 1–4.

Edited Volumes:

Albery, Henry, Lohmann, Polly and Zurharke, Laurien, eds, Distant Worlds Journal, 1 (2016).

Conferences and Presentations

23-25/04/2018:
Co-Organiser and Presentation: Destruction, Division and Distribution Relic (re-)establishments in the Indic Northwest, 1st century BCE-2nd century CE 
Rituals for Power: Rituals of Prosperity,
Alexander von Humbolt Foundation, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München,
in conjunction with Prof. Dr. Jens-Uwe Hartmann (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München) and Prof. Himanshu Prabha Ray (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi).

24-25/03/2017:
Co-Organiser: Evolving Through Context: The Transformations and Legitimations of Buddhism,
Doctoral Programme in Buddhist Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.

25-27/01/2017:
Presentation: The Introduction of Astronomy into the Art-Historical and Textual Biographies of Śākyamuni
Research Forum, Distant Worlds Graduate School, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.

20-23/10/2016:
Presentation: The Politics of Soteriological Aspirations in Some Buddhis Donative Epigraphs of the Indic Northwest, 1st-2nd Centuries CE 
South Asian Epigraphy Panel, 46th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

12-13/09/2016:
Presentation: Some Nexuses between Buddhist Donative Epigraphs and the Avadānaśataka 
Current Research into Buddhist Texts and Traditions: 3rd Joint Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität – University of California, Berkeley Buddhist Studies Workshop, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.

15-18/09/2016:
Attendee: Sutra Transmission and Translation Conference,
Woodenfish Foundation, Dunhuang, Gansu Province, China. 

03-05/12/2015:
Presentation: Wombs(?) and Buddhist Funerary Mounds in Greater Gandhāra (Pakistan), 1st Century CE 
Research Forum, Distant Worlds Graduate School, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.

16-17/01/2015:
Presentation: Ritual Practice and Social Groupings in Buddhist Donative Inscriptions of the Indic North and Northwest 
Research Forum, Distant Worlds Graduate School, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.

06-09/9/2014:
Presentation: Higher Cognitive Processes and Buddhist Ritual Practice
Interdisciplinas: Interdisziplinarität als Chance und Problem in der altertumswissenschaftlichen Forschung, 
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.

07-08/03/2014:
Presentation: Skill in Means (upāyakauśalya) and the Pedagogic Function of the Optative in Seven Narratives of the Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtra
Nineteenth Joint Postgraduate Conference on Religion and Theology: Spiritual Exercises, 
University of Bristol.

28/02-03/03/2014:
Presentation: The Cognitive Function of Ritual Practice in the Hevajra Tantra in Light of Buddhist Hermeneutics
Buddhist Meditation: History, Culture, Development, Science, Buddhist Studies Graduate Conference, 
University of Virginia.
 

Forschungsprojekt

Ritual Practices of Ancient Indic Buddhism
Whilst ritual in the Indic context has enjoyed a wealth of treatment, in the case of Buddhism it is an under researched, and hence poorly understood phenomenon. This lacuna may be attributed to two factors. First, is the enduring scholarly predilection of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which envisaged Buddhism either as a rehashing of a mytho-naturalistic system, or as a rational philosophy and antithesis to the sacrifice based Vedic society from whence it emerged in the c. 4th century BCE – any ritual elements in Buddhist literature were hence rejected as degradations of a supposedly philosophical rationale. Second, and notwithstanding firm revisions to the above positions, is the notable dearth of evidence in this regard – no single source type, material or textual, provides a comprehensive picture of ritual practice, an issue compounded by the majority being devoid of context and historicity. That is not to say we hold a tabula rasa – there are sporadic forays into Buddhist ritual practice to be found dotted throughout scholarship. But the majority of studies are biased to a single source group, often divorced from socio-historical circumstances.
Seeking to concurrently address these lacunae and methodological issues, this project represents the first attempt to classify and conceptualise the ritual practices of ancient Indic Buddhism. Following the principle that ritual cannot be understood apart from context, it advances a methodological framework, which utilises all the above sources in conjunction. Therethrough the fragments of ritual practice offered by each may be arranged into something more akin to a whole, and the historical manifestations of ritual practice, witnessed by material remains, may serve to contextualise and balance their highly standardised illustrations in textual sources. The central thrust of this project is to examine Indic Buddhist rituals as both normative systems of practice, mechanisms of radical change, dependent on localised economic, gendered, social and political structures, and structured by distinct behavioural, cognitive, causal, social, spatial and temporal conditions.