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Dynamic Encounters between Buddhism and the West

Call for Papers

Theme: Dynamic Encounters between Buddhism and the West
Type: Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference
Institution: University of Cambridge
Location: Online
Date: 21.–22.6.2021
Deadline: 9.5.2021

This conference seeks to explore historical and contemporary
dialogues between Buddhism and the West, while also contemplating
ways of opening up new conversations. With an appreciation of the
value of interdisciplinarity, we aim to bring together scholars from
diverse fields to both share and enhance their unique perspectives.
In today’s era of globalisation, dialogue between different cultures
is a daily occurrence. The last century in particular has produced a
dynamic exchange of ideas between Buddhism and the West. Important
exchanges have occurred in myriad areas of intellectual life, ranging
from spiritual endeavours to the pursuit of a scientific
understanding of the mind. In Western universities, Buddhist Studies
is a growing field, and thus there is a continuous interaction of
scholars. In addition, outside of academia, interest in Buddhism as a
religion and practice has been steadily growing, along with the
number of Buddhist institutions.

In the context of globalisation, the encounter between Buddhism and
the West is generally understood as a modern phenomenon. However,
throughout history, from distant antiquity to recent past, the
dialogue between Buddhism and the West has been pervasive and
dynamic. This conference intends to uncover some of these exchanges
and suggest possibilities for future dialogues.

Possible topics for papers can include, but are not limited to:

- views of Western intellectuals on Buddhism and of Buddhist
 intellectuals on the West over the course of history;
- similarities and differences between modern approaches to Buddhism
 and those of the past;
- mutual influence in philosophy;
- artistic expressions: genres, techniques and topics;
- Christianity and Buddhism;
- dynamic encounters in films;
- interculturality in literature;
- issues of comparative jurisprudence between Buddhist legal codes
 and Western doctrines.

This conference is aimed at postgraduate students. Since Buddhism is
an umbrella term that picks out and is associated with a plurality of
religious beliefs, politics, philosophical positions, arguments,
practices, and artistic works, this conference is very broad in
scope, with possible contributions ranging from philosophy, film
studies to law, this leaves the conference open to a wide range of
students to make a contribution from their own research field.

Please send abstract (500 words) and CV, by 9 May 2021, to:

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