CFP > International Conference “Monk Wears Prada? The Doctrinal and Moral Controversies in and about Buddhism” (21-22 April 2018)

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Dear Colleagues,

The Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations of the Jagiellonian University has the honour to invite you for the 2nd edition of the International Conference “Monk Wears Prada? The Doctrinal and Moral Controversies in and about Buddhism”.

The conference will take place on 21-22 April 2018 in the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Krakow (Marii Konopnickiej 26, 30-302 Kraków).

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Prof. Rupert Gethin (University of Bristol), Prof. Jonathan Silk (Leiden University).

The first edition of our conference, held in 2015, engaged with the wide array of controversies and debates that arise at the intersections of Buddhism with contemporary politics, secular thought and other religious traditions. In recent years controversies of this kind have received increasingly more attention from the academic community, while some have gained increased exposure in the media worldwide. By organizing the second edition, we would like to provide an even more comprehensive platform where scholars of various Buddhist traditions could discuss doctrinal and moral controversies related to Buddhist teachings, practice or institutional identity. Since contemporary controversies cannot be properly understood without investigating their historical background, we are also looking forward to the participation of scholars specializing in pre-modern Buddhism.

We welcome submissions related (but not limited) to the following topics:

1. Buddhism vis-à-vis contemporary ethical issues
2. Buddhism and politics
3. Buddhism and the Arts
4. Buddhism and Western philosophy – mutual contributions and points of conflict
5. Buddhism and other religions – tensions and perspectives for dialogue
6. Buddhism and medical science
7. Secular interpretations of Buddhism
8. (Mis)representations of Buddhism in the mass media

The conference is organized by student research circles associated with the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations and the Institute of the Middle and Far East of the Jagiellonian University. It will be hosted by the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology – an institution at the forefront of academic events related to Buddhist studies in Central Europe, located directly opposite the historical Wawel Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming fellow scholars (including graduate students) from all over the world to share their insights and establish new academic contacts.
The preferred language of the conference is English. Each paper will be allotted 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

Please send your abstract (1200-1500 characters) or any inquiries concerning the conference to

DEADLINE for submitting the abstracts is 15 March 2018.

Conference fees: 100€/450 zł. Participation as a listener is free.

On behalf of the organizers,

Jarosław Zapart

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