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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

-Buddhist modernization - Asia vs. the West (possible co-sponsor with Buddhism or Japanese Religions Units - contact Jeff Schroeder,

-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

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
ChairSteering Committee