We are delighted to announce our Fall '21 talk series. This talk series is generously co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies and Philosophy; the Society for the Humanities; the South Asia Program; and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. All talks with Zoom links are open to the general public. Times are in Eastern Time (US).
- Friday 24 September, 12pm. Laura Guerrero (William & Mary), "Are Conventional Entities Real? Ontological Pluralism in Abhidharma Debates About What Exists."
- Wednesday 6 October, 6pm. Bruno Shirley (Cornell), "Theorising 'Gender' in Medieval Indian Ocean Buddhism." Hosted by Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies; in person only (Rockefeller 190).
- Friday 5 November, 12pm. Gray Tuttle (Columbia), "The Lifespans of Lamas: Mining Biographical Data to Examine Tibetan Longevity."
- Friday 29 October, 12pm. Jiang Wu (U of Arizona), "The Beginning of Modern Buddhist Canon Compilations: Ａ History of the Ōbaku Canon 黃檗藏 in East Asia and the West."
- Monday 1 November, 12:15pm. Geethika Dharmasinghe (Cornell), "Whose Force is Violence? Sangha Sovereign and Authority of the Tradition." Hosted by the South Asia Program; in-person only (Uris G08).
- Friday 12 November, 12pm. MK Long (Cornell), "Reconsidering Renunciation: Models of Practice and Devotion in the Biography of a Buddhist Woman." In-person only (Asian Studies Faculty Lounge, Rockefeller level 3).
- Friday 3 December, 12pm. James Robson (Harvard), "Strange Parallels: Consecrated Chinese Buddhist Images in Context".
Our Spring '21 talk series was generously co-sponsored by the Departments of Asian Studies, History, Anthropology and Philosophy; the South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia and Religious Studies Programs; and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. Prof. Gleig's talk was additionally co-sponsored by the Society for the Humanities.
- Tuesday 16 February, midday. Eviatar Shulman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Creative Dimensions of Early Buddhist Textuality: The Practice of Scripture.”
- Friday 26 February, 9am. Peter Skilling, “Early Buddhist Multilingualism.”
- Friday 5 March, 4pm. Ann Gleig (University of Central Florida), The Dukkha of Racism: Racial Justice Work in American Convert Buddhism.
- Tuesday 16 March, 4pm. Lucinda Ramberg (Cornell), “‘We Were Always Buddhist:’ Dalit Historiography and the Temporality of Caste.”
- Friday 2 April, 4pm. Joseph A. Marino, III (University of Washington), Hell as a Metaphor in Early Buddhist Literature.
- Friday 9 April, 2pm. Alexey Kirichenko (Moscow State University), “Navigating Between the Law and a Distant Place: Judicial Procedures for non-Burmans and Legal Ethnography in the Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Burma.”
- Friday 16 April, 10am. Jack Meng-Tat Chia (National University of Singapore), “Toward a History of South China Sea Buddhism.”
- Friday 23 April, 4pm. Kristin Scheible (Reed College), "Epic Work: Readings of the Mahāvaṃsa."
- Friday 30 April, 4pm. Jay L. Garfield (Smith College), “Cognitive Illusion and Immediate Experience: Perspectives from Buddhist Philosophy?”
- Friday 7 May, 4pm. Matthew William King (UC Riverside), talk from Ocean of Milk, Ocean of Blood.
- Monday 10 May, 4pm. Sara L. McClintock (Emory), “Is Truth a Story? A Buddhist Inquiry.”