Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Nicholas Witkowski

Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Asst Prof Nicholas Witkowski

Nicholas Witkowski received his PhD in 2015 in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University in the field of Indian Buddhism. Before joining NTU, he was a JSPS postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at Tokyo University. At NTU, Dr. Witkowski teaches courses on religions of South, East, and Southeast Asia, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism, Islam as well as a wide range of indigenous traditions.
Research Interests
Dr. Witkowski is engaged in two research projects, one belonging to the ancient world of South Asia and a second which deals with contemporary South Asian religious communities. The first is a multi-stage project that draws primarily on the Buddhist law codes (Vinaya) to demonstrate the centrality of ascetic precepts (dhūtaguṇas) to the Buddhist monastery of the middle period (0-500CE) in Indian Buddhism. Dr. Witkowski's recent publications have focused on the cultures of everyday life in the Indian Buddhist monastery. A second project focuses on the ascetic practices of South Indian communities, both within India, and across Indian diaspora communities in Southeast Asia.
Current Projects
  • The Quotidian Ascetic: A Historical Study Demonstrating the Integration of Austerity Practices into the Everyday Lives of Indian Buddhist Monks (100 BCE-500 CE)
Selected Publications
  • Witkowski, Nicholas.(2017). "Pamsukulika as a Standard Practice in the Vinaya". Rules of Engagement: Medieval Traditions of Buddhist Monastic Regulation(269-316). Hamburg: Projekt Verlag.

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