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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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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: 

The Buddhism in the West Unit seeks to provide a venue for new scholarship on Buddhisms in non-Asian locations and to explore critical methodologies in such studies. The Unit invites papers or session proposals on the following topics (but is open to other possibilities):

● Buddhism and the Public Sphere -
Individual papers or panel that speaks to the 2019 AAR Presidential theme, possibly focused on engaged Buddhism.

● Books under Discussion -
Several important works on Buddhism in the West have been published in the last few years or will be published in 2019; the Unit is open to panels which critically engage any one book or bring several into conversation.

● Other Wests, Other Modernities: Theorizing Modern Buddhism beyond North America

● Secularism, Secularisms, and the Performance of Secularism in Western Buddhism

● Decolonial and/or Antiracist Interventions in Buddhist Studies, Contact Natalie Avalos: Natalie.Avalos@Colorado.edu

● Textbook Buddhism, Contact Thomas Calobrisi: tcalobrisi@ses.gtu.edu -
A critical evaluation of standard textbooks used in university classrooms and how these books construct, both positively and problematically, Buddhism as a religion. (Possible co-sponsorship with a proposed seminar on Buddhist pedagogy.)

● We are partnering with the Innovations in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Unit for a co-sponsored session on Buddhist theological education and pedagogy.

● The Buddhism in the West Unit is also interested in co-sponsorships with the: Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Unit; Buddhist Critical-Constructive Reflection Unit; Yoga in Theory and Practice Unit among others.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee