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

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Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China Seminar

Statement of Purpose: 

This seminar will celebrate the significant scholarly contributions made by Holmes Welch (1924-1981) to the study of twentieth-century Chinese Buddhism, and also explore how we might advance the field beyond the boundaries and scope of his original ideas through the use of new sources and methodologies. Revisiting and expanding Welch's scholarship is urgently needed, since his work continues to function as both a standard resource for specialists and as an authoritative summary of Chinese Buddhism during this era for non-specialists. The final goal of this seminar is to produce a critical collected volume covering the major aspects of Welch's work, in which contributors will update his findings and approaches with their own cutting-edge scholarship. The publication of this volume will roughly coincide with the upcoming fiftieth anniversaries of the publications of Welch’s volumes The Practice of Chinese Buddhism and The Buddhist Revival.

Call for Papers: 

We invite papers on any aspect of Welch's work on early modern Chinese Buddhism, but are especially interested in papers that complement those presented at previous meetings of the seminar. Topics we would especially like to see this year include lay Buddhism, women and gender in Chinese Buddhism, regional differences in Chinese Buddhism, transnational Chinese Buddhist networks in SE Asia, and the impact of Welch's writings on scholarship in China or Japan. Papers will ideally combine an analysis of Welch's research work and approach to the study of Chinese religions with new research that points to new directions in the field.

Seminar participants will complete their full papers in advance of the annual meeting and upload them to the AAR website, where registered members will be able to read them in advance of the seminar. The meeting will be devoted to a brief summary of participant papers followed by an open discussion of their contents.

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