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January 12, 2012

Buddhist Traditions: New Directions

2012 North American Graduate Student Conference in Buddhist Studies
September 14-16, 2012

The Buddhist Studies Group at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce a conference to be hosted on the UVa Grounds September 14 -16, 2012. Our interdisciplinary graduate student conference, entitled “Buddhist Traditions: New Directions” (see conference website), seeks to elicit a robust diversity of approaches to Buddhist Studies. In addition to approximately 15 paper presentations, for which this announcement serves as a call for proposals, we will also host two special events — an introduction to UVa Buddhist Studies faculty initiatives in the digital humanities and a workshop on teaching Buddhism to undergraduates. UVa’s more than thirty graduate students in Buddhist Studies look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be an enriching collaborative experience.

Paper Proposals
We are seeking paper proposals from students currently enrolled in M.A. or Ph.D. programs in Buddhist Studies or related fields. The fifteen papers selected for presentation will be organized into panels, each chaired by a faculty respondent. Presentations will not exceed twenty minutes. Please submit your proposal of 500 words, along with your name, university and department affiliation, and a brief bio, to uvabuddhiststudies@virginia.edu by April 1, 2012. You will be notified in May of the status of your proposal, after which we will publish a detailed schedule of the conference.

Funding
University of Virginia entities have allocated generous funding to cover the costs of all lodging and meals for students presenting papers. Travel funds, however, should be obtained from the students’ home institutions or other sources. We also invite non-presenting students to attend at their own cost.

Contact
Please submit your proposals and any questions to uvabuddhiststudies@virginia.edu. Graduate students Manuel Lopez (mal5f@virginia.edu), Matt Zito (mjz3pm@virginia.edu), and Christie Kilby Robinson (cak9pn@virginia.edu) are the conference organizers whom you may also contact with questions.

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Christina Kilby Robinson
Ph.D. Student, History of Religions
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia USA

Posted by katemw at January 12, 2012 01:18 PM

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