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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Buddhism in the West Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit seeks to:

• Provide a venue for new studies on Buddhism in non-Asian locales
• Facilitate communication and exchange between scholars working on Buddhism outside of Asia
• Offer a forum within which to collectively clarify the intellectual and methodological underpinnings of research on Buddhism in the West, and consider new possibilities in methods and approaches

Call for Papers: 

This unit invites papers or session proposals on the following (but is open to other possibilities):

• Buddhism and secularism, secularity, and secularization
• Buddhism and politics, political activism in the West
• Buddhism and material culture in the West
• Postmodern and/or post-meditation-centered Buddhisms
• Sexual abuse scandals among Buddhist teachers
• Buddhism and healing, drugs, addiction
• Buddhist pedagogy in the secular classroom
• Buddhism and transnationalism

• Revitalizing Buddhism in the Modern World
With regards to shifting demographics, laicization, and institutional reform. Jeff Schroeder (University of Oregon). Co-sponsorship with the Buddhism in the West Unit, the Buddhism Unit, and the Japanese Religions Unit. Contact:

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