CFP> Sīmās: Histories, Practices, and Politics.

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Dear Colleagues,


Erik Davis, myself, and several contributors are in the process of completing a collection of essays dealing with sīmās. We have eight essays and would ideally like to have two or three more. If you are working on sīmās, and have interest in participating in the volume, please be in contact with us. Women and authors from Asia would especially be welcome.


Here is the call for papers:


Sīmās: Histories, Practices, and Politics.


Jason A. Carbine, Whittier College,

Erik Davis, Macalester College,


Prompting critical reflection across disciplinary boundaries (e.g., religious, historical, legal, political, art, economic, and ritual studies), as well as regional (e.g., South and Southeast Asian) and global distances, this collection addresses the topic of sīmās. Common in the Theravāda and Sāsana Buddhist cultures of Sri Lanka and mainland Southeast Asia, sīmās are traditionally consecrated boundaries for ordinations and other monastic rituals. Sīmās are thought to legitimate lineage, and function in many other social, religious, cultural, and political ways. The focus of a growing body of scholarly inquiry (from the seminal studies by Petra Kieffer-Pülz, to essays, dissertations, masters theses, etc.), a great deal of research remains to be done on this crucial, “local” category of Buddhist thought and practice. Papers may adopt any disciplinary or interdisciplinary method and mode of analysis (e.g., text-comparative, historical, ethnographic, art-historical, and political-analytical methods), and examine sīmās anywhere in the world, past or present. Papers that address ordination structures other than sīmās, such as kaidans, would also be welcome for consideration.


With best wishes,




Jason A. Carbine

C. Milo Connick Chair of Religious Studies

Whittier College

13406 Philadelphia Street

Whittier, CA 90601

562-907-4200, x4339

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