Buddhism and inter-disciplinary intersections: a one-day workshop

April 29, 2016
Deakin University

Sally Walker building, GCC (4th floor)
1 Gheringhap Street


  • Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation


Leesa Davis
Deakin University
Gillian Tan
Deakin University

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This one-day workshop aims to foster dialogue across the disciplines of anthropology, history, philosophy and sociology, among others, on the topic of Buddhism and contemporary societies. With the growing resurgence of religion – evidenced through Pentecostalism in most of the developing world, Islam in the Middle East, and mindfulness in the West – this workshop takes up the question of how to understand these resurgences through a detailed focus on the practices of Buddhism in contemporary societies. Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach, the workshop seeks to foster conversations not only on more traditional forms of Buddhism (Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana) but also on “modern Buddhism” and how and why this has become established in particular places.

We are especially interested in the practice-worlds of various strands of Buddhism and how they adapt and change across cultures, places and times. The workshop should be of interest to researchers working in an interdisciplinary manner on topics of religion as well as to HDR students interested in comparative perspectives on contemporary religions.

Presenters: Professor John Powers, Australian National University, Professor Geoffrey Samuel, University of Sydney, Professor Per Sorenson (via Skype), Leipzig University, Dr. Yangmotso, Nationalities University, Beijing, Dr. David Templeman, Monash University, Dr. Leesa Davis, Deakin University, Dr. Anna Halafoff, Deakin University, and Dr. Gillian G. Tan, Deakin University.

Please RSVP for catering purposes to: Adi-admin@deakin.edu.au

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