Call: Buddhism without Borders: Contemporary Developments in Buddhism in the West

Keynote Speaker: Thomas A. Tweed

The Institute of Buddhist Studies is pleased to announce the "Buddhism without Borders" conference and seeks papers that offer new, critical, and creative approaches to the study of Buddhism in the West, understood as part of a larger global religious movement.
This conference seeks to explore contemporary and historical developments of Buddhist thought and practice in American Buddhisms, Buddhisms in the West, or Buddhisms outside Asia. How has the Buddhist tradition been shaped by the transnational movement of peoples, diasporas, or immigration? How has the rise of global communication, tourism, and capitalism affected the way Buddhism is understood, taught, and practiced? How do we define "modern" Buddhism? The West? Or even "Buddhism" itself in an increasingly globalized
world?

These and other themes will be explored in a series of panels held at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA, March 19?21, 2010.

Tentative panels include: Modernity and tradition in Buddhisms in the West The adaptation of Buddhism in response to globalization, modernity, and new cultural environments
Buddhist practice and ritual in North America, the West, or outside Asia
Gender in Western Buddhisms Buddhist political movements, socially engaged Buddhism
Buddhism as commodity, popular Buddhisms The development of Buddhist organizations in the West Race, class, and Western Buddhisms
Please send abstract submissions by June 1, 2009 to the organizers:
Dr. Scott Mitchell (scott@shin-ibs.edu) Natalie F. Quli (natalie@shin-ibs.edu)