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Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit, College of Asia and the Pacific
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Phone: + 61 2 6125 3179
Room: e424 Baldessin Precinct Building


Test-drive my beautiful new eText 'The Joy of Sanskrit' (Weeks 1-4)
(epub format - runs best on iPad or iPhone)

View our 35-min documentary film, 'Mountain God and Sacred Text',
on a seven-day recital of the Bhāgavatapurāṇa

Sanskrit at the ANU

International and Professional Organisations

  • 2012-, Consultative Committee, International Association for Sanskrit Studies
  • 2012-13, Co-Director, Pan-Asia Institute, ANU-Indiana University

Awards and Nominations

  • 2013 William Jones Visiting Fellow, Cardiff University, UK
  • 2013 'Australia's Top Five Innovators in Higher Education' Campus News
  • 2012 ANU Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Education
  • 2012 ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2012 Nominated for OLT Australian Award for University Teaching
  • 2011 ANU CAP Award for a Program that Enhances Student Learning
  • 2010 ANU CAP First Wattle Oscar for best LMS sites
  • 2010 ALTC National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student learning
  • 2008 ANU VC's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2008 ANU Students' Award for Excellence in Teaching Distinguished dozen: Students name the best at Festival of Teaching
  • 2008 College of Asia and the Pacific Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007 (two nominations)
  • College of Asia and the Pacific Teaching Awards, 2007 (three nominations)
  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006 (nomination)
  • Nominated for ANU Dean of Student's 'Last lecture', 2010
  • Nominated for ANU Dean of Student's 'Last lecture', 2008
  • Nominated for ANU Dean of Student's 'Last lecture', 2007

PhD Supervision

  • Successful completions: Ros Matthews (2012)

  • In progress: Annie McCarthy, Patrick McCartney

Curriculum vitae

Research interests

  • The construction of truth in the Sanskritic episteme
  • The ideas of social division in Sanskrit narrative literature
  • Purāṇic narratives and their empowerment
  • Role of Sanskrit texts in contemporary Hindu practice
  • Flexible delivery of small-enrolment languages

Teaching responsibilities

Recent media

General Outreach


  • 2013, Member, CAP IT review committee
  • 2012, Chair, India History Post Search Committee
  • 2012, Chair, Hindi-Urdu Post Search Committee
  • 2012, ARC Expert Assessor
  • 2010-, Chair, South Asia Board of Studies
  • 2009--, ANU Wattle Reference Committee
  • 2009-, FAS Schools and Community Outreach Program
  • 2008-09, ANU LMS selection committee
  • 2008 Academic Skills job selection committee
  • 2007--, Faculty of Asian Studies Dean's Advisory Group/Faculty Management Group
  • 2007,Faculty of Asian Studies Education Committee (Tutor liaison)
  • 2007, Faculty of Asian Studies Workloads Committee
  • 2006-07, Asian Studies Graduate Affairs Committee
  • 2006--, Asian Studies Library Advisory Committee
  • 2006--07, Faculty of Asian Studies Heads of Centres Committe


  • Taylor, M. In press. 'From web-based learning to eText learning: Teaching Sanskrit with an electronic textbook'. Internaional Journal of Mobile Learning (Accepted 9 Jan 2014). Read draft online
  • Taylor, M. In press. 'How to do things with Sanskrit: Speech act theory and oral performance of sacred texts'. (Accepted Numen, 2 May 2013). Read draft online
  • Taylor, M. 2013. 'Stories of God: Contemporary performance of  Bhāgavata-kathā'.  International Journal of Hindu Studies 17(3): 262-288. Read online
  • Taylor, M and Ye Shaoyong (translators). 2013. Ji Xianlin: 'My heart is a Mirror' and 'Life in the Cattle Yard'. Asian Literature and Translation 1(1): 1-64. Read online
  • Taylor M. 2013. Purāṇic masculinities and transgender adventures in the garden of the Goddess. International Journal of Hindu Studies 17(2): 153-179.  Read online

  • Taylor M. In press. 'Textual strategies, empowerment and 'true' discourse in the Bhāgavatapurāṇa'. DICSEP 5. (accepted 16 Aug 2011) read draft online
  • Taylor, M. 2012. 'Heavenly carrots and earthly sticks: How phalaśruti paratexts empower purāṇic discourse'. Journal of Hindu Studies 5:92-111. Read online
  • Taylor, M. 2012 'Rādhe, Rādhe! -- Continuity and change in the contemporary oral performance of the Bhāgavatapurāṇa. Religions of South Asia 6(1):83-101. Read online
  • Taylor, M. 2012. 'Empowering the Sacred: How a text creates discourse in a contemporary oral performance of the Bhāgavatapuāṇa' In. Orality and Literacy: Composition and Performance: Brill: 129-149. Read online.
  • Taylor, M. 2011. 'Village deity and sacred text: Power relations and cultural synthesis at an oral performance of the Bhāgavatapurāṇa in a Garhwal community'. Asian Ethnology 70(2): 197-221. Read online
  • Taylor, M. 2011. 'Purnabhadra's Pancatantra: Jaina tales or Brahmanical outsourcing?' International Journal of Jaina Studies 7(1): 1-17. read online
  • Taylor, M. 2011. 'Mythology Wars: The Indian Diaspora, 'Wendy's Children' and the Struggle for the Hindu Past'. Asian Studies Review 35(2): 149-168  Read online
  • Taylor, M. 2010. Indian idol: Narrating the story of Krishna in Globalising contexts. Report to POSCO TJ Park Foundation read online here or here
  • Taylor, M. and Beckmann. E. 2009. 'Skilful methods can achieve what power cannot': Flexible Delivery of Sanskrit at the Australian National University as a Model for Small-enrolment Languages. Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching 6(1): 245--253 read online
  • Taylor, M. 2008. 'What enables canonical literature to function as 'true'? The case of the Hindu purāṇas'. International Journal of Hindu Studies 12(3): 309-328. read online
  • Taylor, M. 2008. 'This is the truth, the truth without doubt': Textual authority and the enabling of 'true' discourse in the Hindu narrative tradition of the Śivapurāṇa. Religions of South Asia 2.1: 65-82. read online
  • Taylor, M. 2007. The Fall of the Indigo Jackal: The Discourse of Division in Purnabhadra's Pancatantra. Albany NY: SUNY Press.
  • Taylor M. 2007. "Perfumed by golden lotuses: literary place and textual authority in the Brahma- and Bhāgavatapurāṇa". Acta Orientalia Vilnensia 8(1): 69-81. read online
  • Taylor, M. and Lama Choedak Yuthok (translators). 1996. The Clear Mirror: A Traditional Account of Tibet's Golden Age. Snow Lion. order online

Conferences and Workshops Organised

Contributions to Innovation in Teaching and Learning at ANU

General Sanskrit Links

Spoken Sanskrit Videos

Documents Online

Sanskrit Documents

Tibetan Documents

  • The Precious Key: An introduction to literary Tibetan for Dharma Students, by McComas Taylor and Lama Choedrak Yuthok Rinpoche (download now)

Chinese Documents


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