CONFERENCE > UKABS 2019 conference at SOAS (University of London)

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Dear Colleagues,

We are taking bookings for the 019 UKABS conference at SOAS (programme below) on the 6th July. We have a really varied programme and great speakers, and we hope to see you there.  You can still register by following the instructions below: 

*Registration Fee for UKABS one-day conference*

UKABS members: £25 (£15 students/monastic members/retired)

Non-UKABS members: £35 (£25 students/monastic members/retired) 

Lunch is provided for those who book before Monday 24 June (please let us know any dietary requirements in advance).

To book, please email Dr Caroline Starkey ( Payment is by cheque, cash or PayPal (please use the 'donate' button at the bottom of our conference pages for PayPal: 

You can send a cheque/cash with your booking details (including dietary requirements) to Dr Caroline Starkey, School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, 3.09 Botany House, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS29JT.  If you decide to pay via PayPal, please email Dr Starkey with your dietary requirements.

If you would like to become a UKABS member, see the details on our website:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Emanuela Sala
PG representative


UKABS Annual Conference 2019

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London

Saturday 6 July 2019


9:00 am Registration starts
9:20-9:30 am Welcome: Peter Harvey (BSR Editor)

Morning Session 1: Current Research in Buddhist Studies

9:30-10:10 am Daniela de Simone (British Museum) Buddhist Art and Bodhagaya

Refreshments 10:10-10:30 am

Morning Session 2: Teaching Buddhism in Buddhist Studies

10:30-11:10 am Nick Swann (University of South Wales) Distance learning and Teaching Buddhism

11:10-11:50 am Elizabeth J. Harris (University of Birmingham) ‘But I didn't think Buddhism
was like this!'; A Personal Reflection on Teaching Buddhism in Inter-religious and Secular Contexts

Lunch 12:00-1:00 pm
AGM 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Afternoon Session: Postgraduate Students in Buddhist Studies

2:00-2:30 pm Nicholas Newton, (University of Edinburgh) In The Mind But Out of Sight: Visionary Rhetoric and Epistemology in the Early and Middle Indian Mahāyāna

2:30-3:00 pm Yunxia Wu (Lancaster University) The Worship of Kuan-yin in Vietnam: Divine, Gender and Cross-border Flow

3:00-3:30 pm Ronit Wang (SOAS) Ghostly Encounters: Peta Representations in Thai Cosmological Parks

Refreshments 3:30-3:45 pm

Late Afternoon Session: New Areas in Buddhist Studies

3:45-4:25 pm Valeria Gazizova (University of Cambridge, MIASU) ‘Secret Lamas’ of the Soviet Era, Their Popular Cults and A Renewal of Local Buddhist Lineages in Kalmykia

4:25-5:05 pm Paul Fuller (Cardiff University) Engaged Buddhism: Compassion, Power and Identity