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

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Economics and Capitalism in the Study of Buddhism Seminar

Statement of Purpose: 

This seminar examines the ongoing interactions between Buddhism and capitalism. These interactions take a variety of forms, influencing institutional organizations, doctrinal systems, styles and types of practices, and systems of authority. Capitalism has also affected the ways in which Buddhism is conceptualized as an object of scholarly inquiry. The seminar is devoted to examining this range of changes in contemporary Buddhism, while avoiding the presumption that capitalism is the active agent, while Buddhism is passive—being molded, or distorted, by capitalist forces. The socio-economic landscape on which these changes have been taking place is itself undergoing significant transformation as well. This moving background includes the collapse of older systems of direct political colonialism in the middle of the twentieth century, the collapse of the Soviet Union at the century’s end, and the rise of information technologies and new forms of globalization.

Call for Papers: 

For the inaugural year of this seminar, our theme is “Health Care Institutions and Economics: Transforming Buddhist Practice.” We will investigate such topics as the secularization of mindfulness, chaplaincy as a new kind of Buddhist professionalization, the medicalization and psychologization of Buddhist practices, and the transfer of authority from monastics to laity.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
ChairSteering Committee