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

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Economics and Capitalism in the Study of Buddhism Seminar

Statement of Purpose: 

The seminar will allow an extended and focused examination of the historical background of Buddhism in networks of exchange, under colonialism—the previous global socio-economic system—and the present-day effects of global, or late, capitalism with its ability to transcend traditional national boundaries. In the same way that previous eras saw transcontinental and transoceanic patterns of trade as agencies in the transmission and transformation of Buddhism, there is an integral connection between the ability of contemporary consumer capitalism to make a presence in societies over the entirety of the globe and the technological changes that have contributed to increasingly globalized systems of communication and travel. There are two major areas of inquiry that the seminar explores. The first is the economic formation of Buddhism as an institution, such as the ways that Buddhism is represented, commodified, and marketed in capitalist society. The second area of inquiry is the ways that economic relations and capitalism have influenced the conception of Buddhism as an object of academic study.

Call for Papers: 

● Authenticity and Merit: Institutions and Economic Actors -
This session seeks to address the various aspects of the institutionalization of Buddhism, both within the tradition and in relation to surrounding societies. Presentation topics might therefore cover such matters as: taxes and legal systems, gender, management practices, varieties of economies: capitalist and non-capitalist, expectations and authenticity, Buddhist values and economic value.

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