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Biography

Stephanie Majcher is a Sanskritist with research interests in Vedic perspectives of language as an instrument of self-transformation and contributing factor in the development of personhood. Her work focuses on the intersection between traditional worldviews and textual dynamics, with particular attention to the way that concepts of truth are attested or demonstrated through style, structure, grammar, and other non-translatable dimensions of language and textuality. Stephanie also works in the analysis and translation of ancient Buddhist manuscripts from Gandhara (present-day Afghanistan and Pakistan); since 2017, she has been closely involved in the digitization of the Robert Senior collection of Gandhari manuscripts and is the lead designer and developer of digital glossaries and Indic language glossary standards for the READ Workbench digital corpus collaboration platform.

Stephanie received her PhD from the University of Sydney, where she has held numerous roles as a lecturer (Sanskrit, Asian Studies), tutor (Buddhist Studies), and research consultant and specialist for the Buddhist Texts Research Group, Greater Angkor Project, Pali Kuthodaw Dhammapada Project, and Upper Indus Valley Inscriptions Project (with Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario).

Research interests

Perspectives on language, embodiment, and revelation in Vedic texts; translation and digitization of Gandharan Buddhist manuscripts; religious cultures and histories of South Asia; Sanskrit and Gandhari languages; innovative pedagogies in language education and research training

Qualifications

BA Hons (University Medal), PhD, University of Sydney

Researcher's projects

Stephanie’s current projects include a digital edition and translation of a Gāndhārī Buddhist manuscript and ongoing research into Vedic texts and textuality.

At present (2021), Stephanie is co-organiser of the CHL Flagship Project Identity & Ways of Knowing.

Teaching

Sanskrit 3, Sanskrit 4, Sanskrit 7, Sanskrit 8

Sanskrit Reading Group

Convenor: Indian and South Asian Studies Major

Education/Academic qualification

Indian Studies, PhD, University of Sydney

Award Date: 4 May 2017

External positions

Editorial Team, Journal of Gandhāran Buddhist Texts

2020 → …

Governance and Management Collective, READ Workbench

2019 → …

Australian Specialist, Buddhist Texts Research Group - USYD

2018 → …

Expertise Areas

  • Vedic Studies
  • Sanskrit Language
  • Gandhari Language
  • Gandharan Buddhist Manuscripts
  • Digital Humanities
  • Religious Studies

Keywords

  • PA Classical philology
  • Sanskrit
  • Old Indo-Aryan
  • Middle Indo-Aryan
  • BL Religion
  • South Asian Religious Traditions

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