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

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Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China Seminar

Statement of Purpose: 

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.

Call for Papers: 

We welcome papers on any aspect of the life and work of Holmes Welch, as well as papers that discuss topics relating to modern Chinese Buddhism or another field within the context of Welch's work. As this is the final year that our seminar will meet, we particularly welcome papers that suggest future directions for the field of Modern Chinese Buddhism in the light of Welch's legacy. The format of the seminar meeting will be paper presentations followed by comments from a discussant. In the final section of the seminar meeting, we will have a brief postmortem discussion on the five-year seminar as a whole, and discuss possible future projects drawing upon the work that we have accomplished here.

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The review process went smoothly, and there was unanimity among the members of the Steering Committee, all of whom reviewed all the paper proposals.
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