Buddhism without Borders: Call for Papers

Call for papers deadline is June 1, 2009. The actual conference is scheduled for March of 2010.

This isn’t an event, really. It’s a deadline. It’s a deadline for the call for papers for a conference that the Institute of Buddhist Studies is hosting and that I (along with the formidable Natalie Quli) am organizing. Even though it’s not an event, and even though it’s exactly a year from now, I’m going to start promoting it because I can. This is my website, and I’m one of the co-organizers, so I’m going to start talking about it!

Call for Papers

Buddhism without Borders: Contemporary Developments in Buddhism in the West
Keynote Speaker: Thomas A. Tweed

The Institute of Buddhist Studies is pleased to announce the “Buddhism without Borders” conference and seeks papers that offer new, critical, and creative approaches to the study of Buddhism in the West, understood as part of a larger global religious movement.

This conference seeks to explore contemporary and historical developments of Buddhist thought and practice in American Buddhisms, Buddhisms in the West, or Buddhisms outside Asia. How has the Buddhist tradition been shaped by the transnational movement of peoples, diasporas, or immigration? How has the rise of global communication, tourism, and capitalism affected the way Buddhism is understood, taught, and practiced? How do we define “modern” Buddhism? The West? Or even “Buddhism” itself in an increasingly globalized world?

These and other themes will be explored in a series of panels held at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA, March 19–21, 2010.

Tentative panels include:

  • Modernity and tradition in Buddhisms in the West
  • The adaptation of Buddhism in response to globalization, modernity, and new cultural environments
  • Buddhist practice and ritual in North America, the West, or outside Asia
  • Gender in Western Buddhisms
  • Buddhist political movements, socially engaged Buddhism
  • Buddhism as commodity, popular Buddhisms
  • The development of Buddhist organizations in the West
  • Race, class, and Western Buddhisms

See our listing on the H-Buddhist listserv for contact information.