Professor Martin Seeger
From 1997–2000 I was ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk in northern Thailand. During this time I studied the Thai language, Thai history and culture, Pali chanting, and meditation. At the same time a number of Thai Buddhist monks taught me Theravada Buddhist doctrine, using the textbooks of the traditional clerical examination for Thai Buddhist monks (Nak Tham) and numerous other important texts of the Thai Theravada tradition.
From 2000–2004 I studied Thai Buddhism, Thai history and culture, Pali language and early Indian Buddhism at the University of Hamburg, predominantly with my teachers and MA/PhD supervisors Professor Barend Terwiel and Professor Lambert Schmithausen.
I joined the University of Leeds in 2004 as a Teaching Fellow in Thai Language Studies before being promoted to Lecturer in Thai Language and Culture in 2006. In 2011 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer and from 2013–2019 I was an Associate Professor of Thai Studies. In 2019 I was promoted to a Chair.
- Director of East Asian Studies
In my research I often combine ethnographic with textual studies. Much of my research focuses on the life and work of the Thai Buddhist thinkers and practitioners Somdet Phra Buddhaghosacariya Jaroen Ñanavaro (1872–1951), Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (1906–1993), Somdet Phra Buddhaghosacariya (P. A. Payutto, b. 1939), Khunying Damrongthammasan (Yai, Wisetsiri, 1882–1944) and Khun Mae Bunruean Tongbuntoem (1895–1964).
I have also done research on Thai Buddhism and environmentalism, Human Rights in Thai Theravada Buddhism, development monks in the northeastern region of Thailand, and teaching Thai as a foreign language. In my book "Gender and the Path to Awakening: Hidden Histories of Nuns in Modern Thai Buddhism" I investigate understandings of female sainthood in Thai Buddhism, its expressions in material culture, and the importance of orality and memory in Thai Buddhism.
- [anonymous]. 2562 . Thongtham nangsue hok lem samai roo. 5 [Thongtham: Six Dhamma Books from the Reign of King Rama V], edited by Martin Seeger and Naris Charaschanyawong. Bangkok: Thammasapa. 156 pp.
- Seeger, Martin. 2018. Gender and the Path to Awakening: Hidden Histories of Nuns in Modern Thai Buddhism. Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books/Copenhagen: NIAS Press. 360 pp.
- Thammakathikajan. 2561 . Hattham Siangtham sattri samai roo. 5 [Practising the Dhamma: The Voice of Truth by Women from the Reign of King Rama V], edited by Martin Seeger and Naris Charaschanyawong. Bangkok: Thammasapa. 428 pp.
- Damrongthammasan, Khunying (Yai Wisetsiri). 2559 . Damrongtham, edited by Martin Seeger and Naris Charaschanyawong. Bangkok: Thammasapa. 428 pp.
- Documentary Films and Buddhist Performing Arts : innovative ways of engaging with Buddhist teachings and rethinking gender roles in modern Thai Buddhism
- PhD (University of Hamburg)
- MA (University of Hamburg)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Leeds
- Nak Tham Tri (Buddhist Expert of the First Level)
I have taught on the following modules:
- EAST1450 Foundations of East Asia
- EAST1500 Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia
- EAST1550 Introduction to East Asian Religions
- EAST1703 Basic Thai Language and Culture I
- EAST1704 Basic Thai Language and Culture II
- EAST2008 The Making of Modern Thailand
- EAST2704 Intermediate Thai Language and Culture I
- EAST2705 Intermediate Thai Language and Culture II
- EAST2708 Thailand: the Emergence of a Nation State
- EAST2709 Windows on Thai History
- EAST3732 Advanced Thai Language and Culture I
- EAST3733 Advanced Thai Language and Culture II
- EAST3707 Buddhism: A Lived Tradition
- EAST3710 Advanced Thai Language and Culture
- MODL3600 Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption
Research groups and institutes
- Asia Pacific Studies
- East Asian Studies