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Conference: Buddhist Modernities
December 3, 2013 - 09:30-December 4, 2013 - 18:00
The project “Buddhist Modernities” is run by members of the Oslo Buddhist Studies Forum, reflecting on Buddhism, and Buddhist histories, in different geographical regions and historical periods.
The topic of the conference brings together the actual fields of research of the main members of this working group in Oslo, and opens the possibility to include contributions with considerable thematic breadth and historical depth.
In this conference we address the impact of and responses to various aspects of modernity, in all its forms, within different corners of the Buddhist world. Modernity here encompasses all kinds of historical junctures when new ideas, practices and developments impacted on the old and traditional, both contemporary and in the less recent past. In this conference, we aim to bring together a number of very concrete case studies of such junctures as examples that enable us to address much wider issues.
Of special interest is Buddhism’s response to or interaction with such aspects of modernity as capitalism, socialism, feminism, individualism, science, consumerism, militarism, fundamentalism, or mission and religious competition.
Preliminary list of speakers and respondents:
Jens E. Braarvig, Halvor Eifring, Iselin Frydenlund, Valeria Gazizova,David Gellner, Hanna Havnevik, Theresia Hofer, Astrid Hovden, Ute Hüsken, Kim Hwansoo, Richard Jaffe, Fabio Rambelli, Aike Rots, Nicola Schneider, James Shields, Marcus Teeuwen, Antonio Terrone, Vladimir Tikhonov, Koen Wellens.
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