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Call For Papers: 2021 Institute of Buddhist Studies Graduate Student Symposium

The Graduate Student Symposium at the Institute of Buddhist Studies has been scheduled for October 22, 2021. The theme for the virtual event is "Authority and Normativity In and Between Buddhist Traditions." The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ann Gleig, associate professor of religion and cultural studies at the University of Central Florida and author of American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity (Yale University Press, 2019).

From the IBS news posting (partially):

"Not only is there significant disagreement between Buddhist traditions as to what the buddhadharma consists of, the academic study of Buddhism offers its own perspectives, both normative and descriptive, of Buddhist history, thought, and practice, perspectives sometimes at odds with the tradition itself. Who has the authority to define what Buddhism is and is not? Who gets to stay in the proverbial circle, and who gets drawn out?"

The Symposium invites papers that address, "What is Buddhism?" Graduate students at any level and from a variety of disciplines are encouraged to submit. An abstract of no more than 300 words should be sent to Dr. Thomas Calobrisi ( by August 15th, 2021.

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