AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This seminar will celebrate the significant scholarly contributions made by Holmes Welch (1924-1981) to the study of twentieth-century Chinese Buddhism, and also explore how we might advance the field beyond the boundaries and scope of his original ideas through the use of new sources and methodologies. Revisiting and expanding Welch's scholarship is urgently needed, since his work continues to function as both a standard resource for specialists and as an authoritative summary of Chinese Buddhism during this era for non-specialists. The final goal of this seminar is to produce a critical collected volume covering the major aspects of Welch's work, in which contributors will update his findings and approaches with their own cutting-edge scholarship. The publication of this volume will roughly coincide with the upcoming fiftieth anniversaries of the publications of Welch’s volumes The Practice of Chinese Buddhism and The Buddhist Revival.
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2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Welch’s seminal work The Practice of Chinese Buddhism, 1900-1950, which was followed in 1968 by The Buddhist Revival in China. Together these works remain foundational for the field of Buddhist studies. Over the past three years, this seminar has served as both a venue for the work of a number of up and coming scholars of modern Chinese Buddhism, and as an opportunity to reflect on the continuing influence of Welch’s ideas on our field. On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Practice, the Seminar will expand this conversation by holding a pre-arranged roundtable discussion with scholars of Buddhist studies who do not specialize in Chinese Buddhism to reflect on the impact that Welch’s writings have had on their own scholarly lives.