Buddhist Pedagogy Seminar of 2020 AAR

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Call for Papers
March 5, 2020
Washington, United States
Subject Fields: 
Teaching and Learning, Religious Studies and Theology

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Buddhist Pedagogy Seminar call for papers for the 2020 AAR is open, and can be found here:


The deadline for submission is Monday, March 2, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Based on participants’ suggestions, we will have one paper session (submit proposal through Papers system) and one round table discussion (submit through email). We are looking forward to receiving your proposals for either format and to seeing you in Boston!

Best Regards,

Gloria Chien

Call for Papers

The Buddhist Pedagogy Seminar welcomes papers on any aspect of pedagogy for teaching Buddhism. In our second year, we plan to have one session for regular paper presentations and one session for roundtable discussion.

The paper session will focus on investigating how our choice of textbooks influences the way we present historical complexity and contemporary diversity to our students. We invite scholars who are currently teaching Buddhism or related subjects to share their current research and teaching insights about the offering of textbooks on Buddhism. In addition, we also welcome paper proposals that examine but are not limited to these topics: syllabus design, Buddhism and film or popular culture, decolonizing pedagogies based on non-Western voices, teaching Buddhism along with other religions in a survey course in higher education, application of pedagogies in a Buddhist studies classroom, pedagogy in contemporary Buddhist monasteries, and teaching Buddhism in K-12. Please send your paper proposal through AAR’s PAPERS System.

The roundtable discussion aims to offer a platform that scholars can use to exchange critical reflections on teaching Buddhism in higher education. Each presenter will have approximately ten minutes to present a specific assignment, assessment method, class activity, or other strategies that help students understand Buddhism. Please send your proposal in 350 words to Gloria Chien at chien@gonzaga.edu. Label your file as RoundtableFirstnameLastname, such as RoundtableGloriaChien.




       Gloria I-Ling Chien

       Trung Huynh

Steering Committee

       Ben Van Overmeire

       Beverley Foulks McGuire

       Jonathan Young

       Todd T. Lewis


Contact Info: 

Gloria (I-Ling) Chien, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 

Department of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University 

Spokane, WA 99258


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