New Research Fellow in Tibetan Buddhism
27 September 2017
Susannah Deane to join the Department of Religion and Theology
Susannah Deane has been awarded a British Academy three-year postdoctoral research fellowship (October 2017-September 2020) for her project, ‘Madness, mental health and Buddhism: an examination of smyo nad (‘madness’) in the Tibetan context’, to be conducted within the Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. Her research will explore contemporary religious and medical perspectives on the Tibetan concept of ‘madness’, and will be based on ethnographic fieldwork as well as an examination of Tibetan religious and medical texts.
Susannah completed her BA(Hons) in Psychology at the University of Wales, Bangor in 1999, before studying and working in the field of alternative health for several years. Returning to academic study, Susannah received her MA in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol in 2008, before studying Modern Tibetan language at Tibet University in Lhasa in 2009-10.
Susannah’s PhD, completed in 2015, was conducted in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University, and a monograph based on this work, entitled ‘Tibetan Medicine, Buddhism and psychiatry: mental health and healing in a Tibetan exile community’, is forthcoming in 2017 from Carolina Academic Press. Susannah has taught at several institutions, most recently teaching undergraduate courses on Buddhism in the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow in 2016-17.