Graduate Theological Union

Call for Papers, "Buddhist Ritual, Buddhist Culture" Graduate Student Symposium

IBS is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 3rd Annual Graduate Student Symposium at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. 

The theme this year is Buddhist Ritual, Buddhist Culture

Buddhist ritual practices are shaped by their location and are affected by the ritual objects. How does the material world determine the ways that Buddhism is practiced? How do Buddhists use ritual objects? In turn, how does Buddhism shape these objects and transform the physical world? What is the impact, for example, on the physical world as a result of religious pilgrimage or tourism? How do Buddhists transform physical objects in the process of ritualization? This symposium will focus on these themes and will consider both historical and contemporary uses of material objects in Buddhist ritual, Buddhism's impact on cultural materials, and the relationships between Buddhism and sacred objects. 

IBS invites graduate students to submit proposals considering one or more of these topics, either historically or contemporarily. Proposals should be no more than 200 words, and include the paper's title and the author's name, affiliation, and contact information. Please submit proposals to Courtney Bruntz at courtney.bruntz@gmail.com no later than January 7, 2013. 

This year's keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Justin McDaniel of the University of Pennsylvania. His talk is generously supported by the Yehan Numata Foundation. 

Important Dates:

  • Submission of Abstract: January 7, 2013
  • Notification of Proposal Result: February 1, 2013
  • Submission of Full Paper: April 1, 2013 
  • Conference Event: April 13, 2013

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