Buddhist Modernities Conference

On December 3rd and 4th 2013, the conference "Buddhist Modernities" will be held at Oslo University, organized by faculty of the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages.

Preliminary list of speakers and respondents:

Jens E. Braarvig, Halvor Eifring, Iselin Frydenlund, Valeria Gazizova, David Gellner, Hanna Havnevik, Theresia Hofer, Astrid Hovden, Ute Hüsken, Kim Hwansoo, Richard Jaffe, Fabio Rambelli, Aike Rots, Nicole Schneider, James Shields, Axel Strøm, Marcus Teeuwen, Antonio Terrone, Vladimir Tikhonov, Koen Wellens.

The project "Buddhist Modernities" is run by members of the Oslo Buddhist Studies Forum, reflecting on Buddhism, and Buddhist histories, in different geographical regions and historical periods. 

The topic of the conference brings together the actual fields of research of the main members of this working group in Oslo, and opens the possibility to include contributions with considerable thematic breadth and historical depth.

In this conference we address the impact of and responses to various aspects of modernity, in all its forms, within different corners of the Buddhist world. Modernity here encompasses all kinds of historical junctures when new ideas, practices and developments impacted on the old and traditional, both contemporary and in the less recent past. In this conference, we aim to bring together a number of very concrete case studies of such junctures as examples that enable us to address much wider issues.

Of special interest is Buddhism’s response to or interaction with such aspects of modernity as capitalism, socialism, feminism, individualism, science, consumerism, militarism,  fundamentalism, or mission and religious competition.

In the longer run, we plan to publish a volume on the topic in the form of an edited volume that can be used as classroom reading (for graduates and undergraduates). An important aim of this volume will be to get students interested in the study of Buddhism, especially in its modern forms. The volume will be designed to appeal not only to fellow academics, but also to students and interested members of the general public, and it is our express aim to publish it in an easily accessible format.

The working group consists of Hanna Havnevik (Tibetan and Mongolian studies), Mark Teeuwen (Japanese studies), Vladimir Tikhonov (Korean studies), Koen Wellens (Chinese society and culture, folk religion and Buddhist practice, religious policies), and Ute Huesken (early Indian Buddhism, Sanskrit and Pali). 

 

Preliminary Program (27.11.2013):

Time

Name

Paper

Respondent

DAY 1 – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3rd

10:00-10:30

Ute Hüsken

Introduction

 

10:45-11:30

Fabio Rambelli

Confronting Modernity, Embracing Modernity: Sada Kaiseki and Itō Shōshin

Mark Teeuwen

11:30-12:15

Richard Jaffe

Global Waves on Ōmura Bay: The English Translation of the Vimuttimagga and Japanese-Sri Lankan Buddhist Exchange

Aike Rots

LUNCH

 

 

 

13:15-14:00

Kim Hwansoo

Seeking Political Favors: The Korean Buddhist Nationalist Paek Yongsŏng’s (1864-1940) Relationship with the Japanese Colonizer Abe Mitsuie (1862-1936) in the mid-1910’s

Vladimir Tikhonov

14:00-14:45

Iselin Frydenlund

Buddhist pacifism: a modern construct?

Theresia Hofer

14:45-15:00

Break

 

 

15:00-15:45

Vladimir Tikhonov

Militarized Masculinity with Buddhist Characteristics – Buddhist Chaplains and their Role in the South Korean Army

Halvor Eifring

15:45-16:30

Film pre-screening

Saving Mes Aynak, by filmmaker Brent Huffman

 

CONFERENCE DINNER

DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4th

10:00-10:45

David Gellner

Buddhist Belonging as Political Statement in Nepal and Beyond

Axel Strøm

10:45-11h30

Nicola Schneider

Negotiating education for Tibetan nuns: the issue of geshema degree (“female doctor in Buddhist philosophy”)

Koen Wellens

11:30-12:15

James Shields

Warp and Woof : Japanese New Buddhist Reconfiguring of Buddhism and/as “Religion”

Valeria Gazizowa

LUNCH

13:15-14:00

Antonio Terrone

Xiang gen Khandro and the New Chinese “Journey-ing to the West”: Ethnicity, Colonialism, and Hybrid Modernities

Astrid Hovden

14:00-14:45

Hanna Havnevik

New Buddhist temples and "self-made" religious leaders in contemporary Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Mark Teeuwen

14:45-15:00

Break

 

 

15:00-15:45

Ute Hüsken

Buddhist women confronting Buddhist modernities

Jens Braarvig

15:45-17:00

Mark Teeuwen

Discussion about book project

 

 

       
 
       
       
       
       
 
       
       
       
 
 
       
       
       
 
       
       
       
       
Published Nov. 14, 2012 11:35 AM - Last modified Nov. 27, 2013 2:16 PM