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

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Buddhism in the West Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group seeks to:

Provide a venue for new studies on Buddhism in non-Asian locales

Further 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

Call for Papers: 

The Buddhism in the West group provides a venue for new studies on Buddhism in non-Asian locales and further communication and exchange between scholars working on Buddhism outside of Asia. It offers a forum within which to clarify the intellectual and methodological underpinnings of research on Buddhism in the West and consider new possibilities in methods and theoretical approaches.

Possible topics for this year include:

Development versus distortion in Western Buddhism
Buddhist diaspora
Monasticism in the West
Developments and transformations in Buddhist institutions in the West
Contemplative studies
Buddhism and secularism
Ethics in contemporary mindfulness movements
Buddhist chaplaincy and care in hospitals, prisons, etc.
New models, conceptions, and interrogations of authority
Revisioning the history of Buddhism in the West
Particular field studies
Rethinking theoretical models of American Buddhism
The history and impact of Asian religions and the religions of Asian Americans in the Pacific Rim and the North American West (for possible quad-sponsorship with the American West, Japanese Religions, and North American Hinduism Group program units)

Other appropriate topics will be considered.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
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Leadership: 
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