The UK Association for Buddhist Studies organises at least one yearly conference, the next one to be hosted by to be hosted by the Edinburgh Buddhist Studies network on 1st and 2nd July 2021.

Here is the organisers’ call for papers:

Dear Colleagues,

We are seeking contributions for the next UKABS conference, to be hosted by the Edinburgh Buddhist Studies network on 1st and 2nd July 2021.

We are planning a “hybrid” conference, where online participation will be the norm, but – if possible – we will also gather a small group of UK-based participants in Edinburgh itself. Safety is our first priority, but we feel it is too early to completely rule out the possibility of gathering in person.

The theme of the conference is “Word, Image, Object, Performance”. As an event with a significant amount of online engagement, we are moving away from the traditional conference format, in order to mitigate against video-call fatigue. Instead of full papers we seek proposals for short papers (10 minutes) directly addressing the theme(s), which will be grouped appropriately into panels with an emphasis on discussion, as well as proposals for ready-made roundtable panels or cross-disciplinary dialogues.

In addition, we welcome PhD student proposals for participation in the form of either a poster or a short (5 minute) pre-recorded video introducing the thesis. These will be hosted in an online conference arena for viewing around the time of the conference, and there will be Q&A sessions scheduled, in which students can discuss their poster/video with other attendees. A prize will be offered for the best thesis poster/video.

If you are interested in participating please send a proposal (up to 250 words) to [email protected] by the end of February 2021. Further details can be found here

With all best wishes,


Dr Naomi Appleton (she/her)
Director of Undergraduate Studies / Senior Lecturer in Asian Religions
School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh