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AAR Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
November 21-24, 2015

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Buddhism Section

Statement of Purpose: 

This Section is the largest, most stable, and most diverse forum for Buddhist studies in North America. We embrace the full historical range of the Buddhist tradition from its inception some two-and-a-half millennia ago to the present and span its entire geographical sweep — the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Tibet, Mongolia, China, Korea, Japan, and the West. In addition to being historically and geographically inclusive, we have made efforts to encourage methodological plurality. Papers presented in recent years reflect, in addition to the philological and textual approaches of classic Buddhology, the methods of intellectual history, institutional history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, gender and cultural studies, art history, literary theory, and postcolonial studies. We will continue to encourage cross-disciplinary exchange. This Section is the forum of choice for many established scholars. For some years now, we have also striven to provide a forum for younger scholars to aid them in establishing their careers. Under normal circumstances, at least one session at the Annual Meeting is devoted to four or five individual papers; often many or all of these are from graduate students or younger scholars making their first academic presentation at a national conference. In recent years, a growing number of foreign scholars have come to recognize this Section as a valuable forum to submit proposals, including scholars whose primary language is not English. We wish to continue to promote communication with scholars abroad and to provide opportunities for younger scholars.

Call for Papers: 

The Buddhism Section welcomes proposals for panels, individual papers, and roundtables in all areas of Buddhist studies. To facilitate greater exchange among the various subfields within Buddhist studies, we are particularly interested in sessions that confront enduring problems in the study of Buddhism, raise important methodological issues, or bring fresh materials or perspectives to bear on themes of broad interest. Proposals that adopt innovative formats and/or take advantage of options such as ninety-minute sessions are also of particular interest.

The Section participates in the AAR’s Full Paper Submission Pilot Program and would like to host at least one session in this format this year. For such sessions, the full text of the papers will be made available to members (only) on the AAR website in advance of the Meeting; at the session, presenters will only briefly summarize their arguments, with the bulk of the time given over to discussion. Panel submissions that intend to follow this format should note this clearly and prominently in the proposal.

Individual paper proposals are also encouraged. Each year, the Section hosts at least one session composed of the best individual paper submissions. Sometimes this takes the form of an omnibus panel, though these are as often thematized by the Steering Committee, insofar as it is possible.

All proposals are welcome and given careful consideration. The following themes have been proposed for the 2015 meeting. Please contact the listed organizers if you wish to contribute.

• Authorship of Mahayana Sutras (Jeff Schroeder,
• Buddhist Love Stories (Vanessa Sasson,
• Esoteric Buddhism in Medieval Japan (Eric Proffitt,
• The Scientific Educations of Tibetan Monks (John Dunne,
• Formations of Doctrine in Buddhist Modernity (Jimmy Yu,
• S.N. Goenka's Movement and Legacy (Daniel M. Stuart,
• Radical Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia (Roy C. Amore,
• "The Dos and Don'ts of Mindfulness Meditation" or "The Ins and Outs of Mindfulness Meditation" (Caifang Zhu,

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
ChairSteering Committee