About Olivia Porter

Olivia Porter is a PhD candidate at Kings College London. Her research focuses on Tai Theravada Buddhism in Myanmar and its borders. She can be contacted at: olivia.c.porter@kcl.ac.uk

NBN Episodes hosted by Olivia:

Elizabeth J. Harris, "Buddhism in Five Minutes" (Equinox Publishing, 2021)

January 24, 2022

Buddhism in Five Minutes

Elizabeth J. Harris
Hosted by Olivia Porter

In Elizabeth J. Harris' Buddhism in Five Minutes (Equinox Publishing, 2021), academic specialists offer answers to 75 questions about Buddhism that pe…

Caroline Starkey, "Women in British Buddhism: Commitment, Connection, Community" (Routledge, 2019)

November 6, 2020

Women in British Buddhism

Caroline Starkey
Hosted by Olivia Porter

Based on detailed ethnographic research, this book explores the varied experiences of women who have converted to Buddhism in contemporary Britain and…

Sam van Schaik, "Buddhist Magic: Divination, Healing, and Enchantment through the Ages" (Shambala Publications, 2020)

September 30, 2020

Buddhist Magic

Sam van Schaik
Hosted by Olivia Porter

As far back as we can see in the historical record, Buddhist monks and nuns have offered services including healing, divination, rain making, aggressi…

Naomi Appleton, "Many Buddhas, One Buddha: A Study and Translation of Avadānaśataka 1-40" (Equinox, 2020)

August 13, 2020

Many Buddhas, One Buddha

Naomi Appleton
Hosted by Olivia Porter

Naomi Appleton's new book Many Buddhas, One Buddha: A Study and Translation of Avadānaśataka 1-40 (Equinox Publishing, 2020) introduces a significant …

Angela S. Chiu, "The Buddha in Lanna: Art, Lineage, Power, and Place in Northern Thailand" (U Hawaii Press, 2017)

July 20, 2020

The Buddha in Lanna

Angela S. Chiu
Hosted by Olivia Porter

For centuries, wherever Thai Buddhists have made their homes, statues of the Buddha have provided striking testament to the role of Buddhism in the li…