Call for Proposals (Due by Nov. 1, 2022)
Ritual and Materiality in Buddhism and Asian Religions
International Conference at Princeton University, June 13-15, 2023
Co-organizers: Stephen F. Teiser (Princeton Univ.), Shih-shan Susan Huang (Rice Univ.)
In-person conference hosted by Princeton University, Buddhist Studies Workshop. Sponsored by the Glorisun
Global Buddhist Network.
Performance, ritualized actions, and praxis are central to Buddhism and the religions of Asia, and recently,
scholarship has begun to appreciate the importance of objects and the human body in ritual. This conference is
intended to foster work that explores the connections between ritual and different forms of materiality, including
manuscripts, printed liturgies, paintings, images, statues, talismans, other ritual implements and technologies, and
Subject: Papers may deal with any religious tradition across Asia, premodern or modern. Approaches: We seek a
mix of disciplinary perspectives, including history and history of religions, philology and text-critical research,
art history, literary studies, and anthropology. Proceedings: Conference proceedings will focus on discussion and
critique of papers (pre-circulated one month in advance). Demographics: Priority will be given to younger
scholars (Ph.D. recipients including independent scholars, assistant and associate professors) and those who have
not recently participated in Princeton-based conferences. Language: Papers and discussion will be in English.
Expenses: Lodging, meal, and travel expenses will be provided by the organizers. Graduate attendance: Ph.D.
students are welcome to attend; special forums will be held; meals and a partial subvention for travel and lodging
will be provided by the organizers for those who apply early. Graduate registration/application will open in 2023.
Call for proposals: Paper proposals should be sent to email@example.com; please include “Ritual and Materiality
Conference Proposal” in the subject line. Proposals should include a title and 250-word abstract. Proposals are
due by Nov. 1, 2022. We aim to send acceptances by Dec. 15, 2022.