Call for Papers: Translating Buddhism Conference, York St John University, UK, 30th June – 2nd July 2016

The Centre for Religion in Society at York St John University with the UK Association for Buddhist Studies invites proposals for this 2016 conference, Translating Buddhism. The theme of translation, for the conference, is interpreted in a broad, comparative sense. Paper proposals are invited that fit into the three sub-themes of the conference:
  •  Translating Texts
  • ‘Translating’ Buddhism across different Asian contexts
  • ‘Translating’ Buddhism from Asia to the West
This conference, therefore, offers an opportunity for scholars and research students to come together to examine a theme that is central to Buddhist Studies in Asia and the West, namely how Buddhist traditions have been and continue to be translated, transposed, interpreted, and adapted across linguistic, cultural, social, political and geographical borders. The aim of the conference is to explore differing and repeating issues with all types of ‘translation’; whether that is the need for detailed exegetical analysis of one single word or a reinterpretation of doctrine that spans centuries.
The three keynote speakers for this conference are: Professor Collett Cox (University of Washington), Dr Lori Meeks(University of Southern California), Professor Jonathan Walters (Whitman College).
We expect proposals to fall into the above categories but will not discount other relevant papers. Each paper will be allocated thirty minutes. Proposals should include: your name, address and academic position/affiliation; title of paper; a synopsis of the content of the paper that demonstrates its relevance to the theme of the conference (not more than 400 words).
Proposals should be emailed to [email protected] by the 30th October 2015. Those who have submitted a proposal will be informed by December 2015 whether their paper has been accepted.
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This Call for Papers has been issued on behalf of the Conference Planning Group: Dr Alice Collett:  York St John University, Matt Coward: York St John University, Dr Elizabeth Harris: Liverpool Hope University, Dr Caroline Starkey: University of Leeds