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Buddhism in the West Unit

Call for Proposals

The Buddhism in the West Unit is seeking to fill two 90-minute sessions and strongly encourages proposals for fully developed panels, roundtable discussions, or other formats focused on a single theme, question, or recent publication. The Unit is happy to support co-sponsorships with other Units including, but not limited to: the Buddhism Unit; the Buddhist Critical-Constructive Reflection Unit; the Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Unit; the Space, Place, and Religion Unit; and the Class, Religion, and Theology Unit.


The Unit is particularly interested in responding to the 2023 Presidential Theme: La Labor de Nuestras Manos (The Work of Our Hands) which is concerned not only with religious labor but the labor we do as scholars of religion. In particular, Scott Mitchell and Courtney Bruntz are interested in organizing a roundtable discussion on labor in the academy and the various ways Buddhist studies scholars may contribute to the field beyond the tenure track.

Other topics that have been suggested include:

AAR membership is not required to submit a proposal for the 2023 meeting. Please contact the unit co-chairs with questions.

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


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

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