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

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Buddhist Critical-Constructive Reflection Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

The Buddhist Critical-Constructive Reflection Unit explores how Buddhist thought and practice can address contemporary issues and how Buddhist modes of understanding can inform or be informed by academic studies (in Religious Studies, Philosophy, Ethics, Theology, Sociology, Economics, etc.).

Call for Papers: 

The Buddhist Critical-Constructive Reflection Group explores how Buddhist thought and practice can address contemporary issues and how Buddhist modes of understanding can inform or be informed by academic studies (in Religious Studies, Philosophy, Ethics, Theology, Sociology, Economics, etc.). We invite paper or panel proposals on the following topics (or other topics) as they pertain to our mission to engage in Buddhist critical and constructive reflection:

• Buddhist identity/ies and multiple belongings
• Beyond modernism--secularize or re-traditionalize? How do Buddhists reconcile with histories of orientalism, racism, sexism, etc. that become pronounced in the modernization of Buddhism?
• Nationalism, genocide, and antifascism
• Sex, power, and Buddhism: authority and sexual ethics
• David Loy’s works and the future of Buddhist activism
• Scholars' responsibility in bringing forth the voices of next Buddhist leaders
• Media and public understanding of Buddhist principles
• Buddhists in professions of care: MBSR, hospice care, and chaplaincy.

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