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
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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 (group of) recent publication(s). 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 Religions Medicines, and Healing Unit; and the Class, Religion, and Theology Unit.
The Unit is particularly interested in responding to the 2022 AAR Presidential Theme: Religion and Catastrophe. What is the role of the study of Buddhism in non-Asian locales in the times of climate catastrophe, globe pandemics, and political unrest? How have Buddhists and Buddhist communities responded to catastrophes both ecological and political?
Other topics that have been suggested include:
- Buddhism and healthcare in the West (Pierce Salguero, email@example.com)
- Asian American virtual sanghas and their Buddhist response to the pandemic in North America (Xiao Han, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Multiple Methodologies and Disciplinary Formations in the Study of Buddhism (Ann Gleig, Ann.Gleig@ucf.edu)
- Class in the study and practice of Buddhism outside Asia (Caroline Starkey, email@example.com)
Several scholars have offered to coordinate with others to develop possible topics, as indicated below. If interested in one of those topics, please contact the convener(s). Additional suggestions follow.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Nalika Gajaweera, University of Southern California1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027
Kim Lam, Deakin University1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Adeana McNicholl, Vanderbilt University1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026
Sharon A. Suh, Seattle University1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025