Buddhism in the Global Eye, August 10-12, 2016

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Buddhism in the Global Eye: Beyond East and West

University of British Columbia • August 10-12, 2016

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The 6th Annual Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Conference (Hosted by the The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society, Jessica L. Main, director) at UBC, and co-sponsored by The Modernization of Buddhism in Global Perspective Project (SSHRC Insight Grant, John S. Harding, Victor Sogen Hori, Alexander Soucy, co-investigators)

This conference has been called to re-examine the widely held assumption that modern Buddhism is Buddhism with Western characteristics, and to attempt to map out a better paradigm for explaining the modernization of Buddhism. It takes seriously the concept of globalization: Buddhist transformation in Asia and in the West are not seen as distinct but as related, taking place in communication across multiple nodes that cross East-West lines.

Venue: St. John’s College
2111 Lower Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z4


Schedule

  • Basic conference schedule:
    – August 10: registration opens at noon, afternoon panels, evening keynote #1
    – August 11: full day of panel presentations, evening keynote #2
    – August 12: morning panels, end by noon, farewell luncheon

Abstracts

Call For Papers

Access and Accommodations

To Register:

Please visit https://tlkyannualconference.sites.olt.ubc.ca to register for this conference. The registration fee is $140 (payable by credit card, single day and half day rates also available). Registrants will receive a delegate package, as well as meals and refreshments during the event.


Keynote Addresses:

Professor Richard M. Jaffe: 10 August, 7:30–9:00  |  Asian Centre
“Japanese Buddhism’s ‘Western Turn’: South/Southeast Asia and the Forging of the Japanese Buddhist Modern”

Professor David L. McMahan: 11 August, 7:30–9:00  |  Asian Centre
“Buddhism and Global Secularisms”


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The first keynote address this year will be given by Professor Richard Jaffe of Duke University. A specialist of Japanese Buddhism and modernity, Richard Jaffe is currently working on a study of travel and encounters between Japanese and other Buddhists during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as overseeing the publication of five volumes of the writings of D. T. Suzuki. His faculty profile may be viewed here.

The second keynote will be given by Professor David McMahan of Franklin and Marshall College. With his research on Buddhism, modernity, and Buddhism modernism, David McMahan has pushed the field beyond earlier east vs. west paradigms. His faculty profile may be viewed here.


Abbreviated Schedule

Wednesday, August 10:
11:30 AM onwards REGISTRATION

1:30 – 3:00 PM PANEL 1     East/West–West/East
Victor Sōgen Hori (McGill University)
Jeffrey Schroeder (University of Oregon)
Sebastian Musch (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg, Germany)
Jingjing Li (McGill University)

3:30 – 5:00 PM PANEL 2     Asian Agency
Paride Stortini (University of Chicago)
Mick Deneckere (Ghent University, Belgium)
Rev. Soorakkulame Pemaratana (University of Pittsburgh)
Lina Verchery (Harvard University)

7:30 – 9:00 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Japanese Buddhism’s ‘Western’ Turn: South/Southeast Asia and the Forging of the Japanese Buddhist Modern”
Richard Jaffe (Duke University)
Asian Centre Auditorium 1871 West Mall, V6T 1Z2

Thursday, August 11:
9:00 – 10:30 PM PANEL 3     Tradition and Authenticity
Shou Jen Kuo (University of California, Riverside)
Christopher Emory-Moore (University of Waterloo)
Christopher Hiebert (University of Virginia)
Casey Collins (University of British Columbia)

11:00 – 12:30 PM PANEL 4     Nationalism and Politics
Barb Clayton (Mount Allison University)
Douglas Ober (University of British Columbia)
Justin Stein (University of Toronto)
John Nelson (University of San Francisco)

2:30 – 4:00 PM PANEL 5     Gender, Race, and Power
Isabel Essebag (McGill University)
Ryan Anningson (Wilfrid Laurier University-University of Waterloo)
Marybeth White (Wilfrid Laurier University)
Alexander Soucy (Saint Mary’s University)

*4:30 – 5:40 PM PANEL 6     Monastics and Modernity
Jack Chia (Cornell University)
Ven. Sirinanda Bandagiriye (Saint Mary’s University)
Silong Li (Peking University)

*4:30 – 5:40 PM PANEL 7     Interpretations and Translations
Jessica Zu (Princeton University)
Haema Sivanesan (Art Gallery of Victoria)
Elizabeth Williams-Oerberg (University of Copenhagen)

7:30 – 9:00 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Buddhism and Global Secularisms”
David McMahan (Franklin & Marshall College)
Asian Centre Auditorium 1871 West Mall, V6T 1Z2

Friday, August 12:
*8:50 – 10:00 AM PANEL 8     Transnational Networks
Yulianti (University of Leiden / Universitas Gadjah Mada)
Rev. Jue Qian (Independent Scholar) & Janet McLellan (Wilfrid Laurier University)
Jason Ellsworth (Dalhousie University)

*8:50 –10:00 AM PANEL 9     Intra-Asian Communications
Lei Ying (Harvard University)
Elsa Ngar-sze Lau (Lancaster University)
Erik Hammerstrom (Pacific Lutheran University)

10:30 –12:00 AM PANEL 10    Local Histories and Global Forms
Victoria Montrose (University of Southern California)
Jessica L. Main (University of British Columbia)
John Harding (University of Lethbridge)
Kai Sheng (Tsing-Hua University)

12:00 PM CLOSING

***Please note that, due to the very small size of our organizing committee, we can only assist international attendees who require visa letters and other documents if their papers are selected for presentation at the conference. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.