15èmes Ateliers Jeunes Chercheurs de l’AJEI (Kolkata, mars 2013) : appel à contribution

Vous trouverez en pièce jointe l’appel à contribution des 15ème Ateliers Jeunes Chercheurs de l’Association Jeunes Études Indiennes (AJEI) « Frontières en Asie du Sud: territoires, identités, mobilisations. »qui se déroulera à Kolkata (Inde) du 4 au 7 Mars 2013. Ces ateliers sont organisés en collaboration avec le Center for Studies in Social Sciences de Calcutta

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Les propositions de communication doivent être envoyées (à l’adresse suivante: ateliers@ajei.org).

 

New Journal « Singaporean Journal of Buddhist Studies »

The Buddhist College of Singapore has just launched a new peer-reviewed Chinese & English journal of Buddhist Studies, the Singaporean Journal of Buddhist Studies. http://www.bcs.edu.sg/index.php/bcs_en/journal/ The first issue is to be published in a year or so, after that it will be published twice a year.

It accepts unpublished research papers on all aspects of Buddhist Studies.

Interested scholars can send their work to chuancheng@bcs.edu.sg

« Global higher education system and the knowledge hub in Sri Lanka: A Way forward » by Prof. Gamini Samaranayake, UGC Chairman

We are forwarding here a copy of a recent address by Prof. Gamini Samaranayake, Chairman, University Grants Commission, which was delivered at the Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Quantity Surveyors Association in Dubai.

Prof.  Samaranayake’s address speaks to large-scale conditions that affect Sri Lanka’s universities today, including conditions of higher education globally that also affect all of us who are in institutions of higher education.  As Prof. Samaranayake says, « The main objective of [his] speech is to examine the nexus between the Global Higher Education System and the changes and challenges of university education in Sri Lanka. More specifically, it examines the viability, potential and trajectory of the knowledge hub as a solution to existing higher education problem in the country. The basic argument of the presentation is that the modernization of higher education lies in implementing structural changes that are concurrent to changes that are taking place at the international level in higher education. »

Prof. Samaranayake’s address deserves our attention, of course, in so far as it is by the Chairman of Sri Lanka’s University Grants Commision, which is « the apex body of the University System in Sri Lanka »  ( see http://www.ugc.ac.lk/  and  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_Grants_Commission_%28Sri_Lanka%29).

The address was published in three parts in « The Island »:

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=66507
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=66651
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=66723

CFP: “Forced displacement in Southern Cities: Eviction, relocation, resettlement”

Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer la mise en ligne de l’appel à contributions thématique pour un futur numéro de  L’Espace Politique  :
« Déplacements forcés dans les villes du Sud : les déguerpissements en question ».

Pour consulter cet appel à contribution, rendez-vous sur cette page
Les articles sont à envoyer avant le 28 février 2013.
N’hésitez pas à transférer ce message à vos contacts.

Bien cordialement,
L’équipe éditoriale de L’Espace Politique

We are pleased to inform you that the thematic call for papers for a special issue of L’Espace Politique, online journal of Political geography and Geopolitics, is now open:

Forced displacement in Southern Cities: Eviction, relocation, resettlement
To have a look at this call for papers, please click on the following link.
You are welcome to send us papers in French or English or propose us to coordinate future issues of our Journal.
Do not hesitate to forward this message to your contacts.
Best regards

The Editorial board of L’Espace Politique

« Quelques notions sur l’Isle de Ceylan » Eudelin de Jonville

Eudelin de Jonville - Quelques notions sur l'Isle de Ceylan.

1798. Eudelin de Jonville rejoint l’île de Ceylan comme naturaliste et interprète au sein de la petite équipe qui accompagne Frederick Noth, le premier gouverneur anglais de cette toute nouvelle colonie. Jonville est français, mais il sert le gouvernement britannique en Asie, alors que l’Angleterre et la France sont une fois de plus en conflit. Eudelin est un hériter du siècle des Lumières ; cultivé et curieux de tout.

Pendant son séjour, il voyage, arpente, mesure, enquête, rencontre, dessine, peint, et, pour notre plus grand plaisir aujourd’hui, rédige en français un étonnant manuscrit qu’il envoie en 1801 en Angleterre en demandant à son frère de le faire imprimer. Ce que celui-ci ne fera jamais C’est ce document exceptionnel que nous publions aujourd’hui Ecrit dans un style enlevé mais précis, d’une plume brillante qui n’exclut pas l’humour et où ne transparaît jamais quelque ironie malveillante, le journal d’Eudelin nous livre les premières descriptions détaillée du bouddhisme de Ceylan et une comparaison avec l’hindouisme à une époque où le occidentaux s’intéressaient fort peu à ces religions.
L’auteur nous parle de la fonction royale, du clergé, du rôle et de la vie des moines, des rites du mariage et de la mort, détaille les costumes et chacun de leurs éléments, énumère les castes, mentionne en passant la beauté exceptionnelle des femmes de la caste des Rodias. Il admire la finesse de la poterie cinghalaise, s’intéresse à la musique et à sa notation, retrouve les 7 notes de la gamme et décrit tous les instruments de musique qu’il a rencontrés avec dessins à l’appui.
Il relate ses voyages à l’intérieur de l’île. Une ambassade à Kandy auprès du roi, une expédition dans le sud en suivant les côtes, la description d’un lac dans l’est de l’île, une étude minéralogique poussée, le tout agrémenté de nombreux croquis et aquarelles dont nous présentons des reproductions en couleurs. Ce texte, enfin publié aujourd’hui, est issu d’un manuscrit oublié de la British Library à Londres et d’une copie délaissée dans un coffre du Musée de Colombo à Sri Lanka.
Ce texte, la première description exhaustive de l’île de Ceylan après celle de Knox, peut encore guider les pas du voyageur à travers un pays longtemps assimilé au Paradis Terrestre.

symposium on malaria in Sri Lanka and China, Whittier College, 28 November

Malaria in Sri Lanka and China:
Environment, Public Health and Development in a Historical Context
 
 
Lecture and Discussion Featuring:
Robert B. Marks
Deihl Professor of History and Environmental Studies
Kalinga Tudor Silva
Professor of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Join us as Professor Marks introduces the ecologies, overview and history of malaria and the development of a cure in China where the story forms links between malaria and war.
Professor Silva will give a historical overview of malaria in colonial Sri Lanka focusing on the linkages between malaria, economic development and war.
Wednesday, November 28th
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Villalobos Hall
Whittier College
Visitors and guests welcome
Refreshments will be served
For more information, call or email Robert Marks

« Still Counting the Dead: Survivors of Sri Lanka’s Hidden War » by Frances Harrison

The tropical island of Sri Lanka is a paradise for tourists, but in 2009 it became a hell for its Tamil minority, as decades of civil war between the Tamil Tiger guerrillas and the government reached its bloody climax. Caught in the crossfire were hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren, doctors, farmers, fishermen, nuns and other civilians. And the government ensured through a strict media blackout that the world was unaware of their suffering. Now, a UN enquiry has called for war-crimes investigations. Those crimes are recounted here to the wider world for the first time in sobering, shattering detail. 

Frances Harrison was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, as well as the School of Oriental & African Studies, and Imperial College in London. For many years she worked as a foreign correspondent for the BBC posted in South Asia, South East Asia and Iran. From 2000-4 she was the resident BBC Correspondent in Sri Lanka. She has worked at Amnesty International as Head of News and while writing this book was a visiting research fellow at Oxford University.

Frances Harrison discusses ‘Still Counting the Dead’ at the Trinity Centre, London

Former BBC foreign correspondent Frances Harrison covered the conflict in Sri Lanka from 2000 to 2004 and has written the first account of the end of the least reported major conflict of recent times. She is one of the few foreign journalists to maintain contact with those trapped inside the war zone until the very end. This event will be of interest to many people including students of human rights and South Asian issues, including members of the Tamil diaspora.
Trinity Centre, East Avenue, Manor Park, London, E12
www.newhambooks.co.uk

 source: http://portobellobooks.com/still-counting-the-dead

« Religious Internationals in the Modern World: Globalization and Faith Communities since 1750 » edited by Abigail Green and Vincent Viaene

Description

The central idea behind this book is that the globalisation and
politicisation of traditional religious identities is a historical
phenomenon with deep roots in the 19th-20th centuries. Tracing the
emergence of ‘Religious Internationals’ as a distinctive new phenomenon in
world history, it transforms our understanding of the place of religion in
the modern world. Leading historians and social scientists break new ground
by comparing the historical experiences of different faith communities in
an age of globalisation without comparing them as religions. In-depth case
studies focus on the internationalist dimensions of Buddhism, Christianity
(Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant), Hinduism, Judaism and Islam.
Individually, they illuminate the complex processes whereby communities of
believers became communities of opinion. Collectively, they shed new light
on the origins and nature of global civil society, highlighting the role of
religion as one of its motor forces from the start.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Rethinking Religion and Globalization
Abigail Green and Vincent Viaene

PART I: THE RELIGIONS OF THE BOOK: TRAJECTORIES, COMPARISONS

2. The Protestant International
Christopher Clark and Michael Ledger-Lomas

3. Old Networks, New Connections: The Emergence of the Jewish International
Abigail Green

4. Nineteenth-century Catholic Internationalism and its Predecessors
Vincent Viaene

5. The Islamic World: World System to ‘Religious International’
Francis Robinson

PART II: RELIGIOUS INTERNATIONALS IN TRANSITION

6. Nationalism versus Internationalism: Russian Orthodoxy in
Nineteenth-Century Palestine Simon Dixon

7. Muslim Internationalism between Empire and Nation-State
Amira K. Bennison

8. Religious Internationalism in the Jewish Diaspora – Tunis at the Dawn of
the Colonial Period Yaron Tsur

9. Transnational Buddhist Activists in the Era of Empires
Adam Yuet Chau

PART III: RELIGIOUS INTERNATIONALS IN THE MODERN WORLD: LIMITS AND NEW
HORIZONS

10. The Hadhrami Sada and the Evolution of an Islamic Religious
International, c. 1750s to 1930s William G. Clarence-Smith

11. A Religious International in Southeastern Europe?
Paschalis M. Kitromilides

12. Activism as Engine: Jewish Internationalism, 1880s-1980s
Jonathan Dekel-Chen

13. Protestant Ecclesiastical Internationals
James C. Kennedy

14. From State to Civil Society and Back Again: The Catholic Church as
Transnational Actor, 1965-2005 R. Scott Appleby

15. The Global Sangh Parivar: a Study of Contemporary International Hinduism
Christophe Jaffrelot and Ingrid Therwath

Reference: « Religious Internationals in the Modern World: Globalization and Faith Communities since 1750 » edited by Abigail Green and Vincent Viaene, Series: Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series, Palgrave Macmillan, 400p
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The Editors

ABIGAIL GREEN. Fellow and Tutor in History at Brasenose College, University
of Oxford, UK. She is the author of Fatherlands: State-building and
Nationhood in Nineteenth Century Germany (2001), and of Moses Montefiore:
Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero (2010), nominated a Book of the Year by
both the TLS and New Republic.

VINCENT VIAENE has published several edited volumes and 40 articles or book
chapters on Catholic internationalism, religious culture, Belgium’s foreign
relations and Belgian imperialism. As a Marie Curie Fellow at Oxford, UK,
he is currently working on a project entitled ‘Internationalism and the
Congo Question (1875-1914)’.

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Commandez vite votre nouveau calendrier 2013 pour soutenir InMaLanka

Les fêtes de fin d’année approchent et il sera bientôt temps de changer votre calendrier pour un tout neuf tout beau!

Suite au succès de l’opération calendrier 2012, InMaLanka récidive avec deux nouvelles versions au goût de tous: embellissez votre quotidien en découvrant les chats d’Asie ou passez une année solidaire et militante en compagnie des portraits des bénéficiaires de nos programmes.

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« Nationalism as meaningful life projects: identity construction among politically active Tamil families in Norway » by Stine Bruland

We would like to announce the release of an article written by Stine Bruland on « Nationalism as meaningful life projects: identity construction among politically active Tamil families in Norway »

Abstract

This article explores the motivations for how and why national Tamil identity becomes so desirable for politically active Tamil parents in Norway. What leads them to socialize their children into an embodied understanding of what it means to be Tamil – closely related to the Tamil Tiger discourse and practice? The article discusses how private practices of relatedness become technologies of nationhood, and vice versa. I argue that in their transnational lives, the children’s Tamil identity offers a way for the politically active parents to ease nostalgia for their own childhoods and a way to create a meaningful life for themselves and their children in a transnational context.

Author biographies

STINE BRULAND is a research assistant at the Department of Ethnography at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo. From August 2011 she will be a PhD fellow at Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Reference of the article: Stine Bruland, « Nationalism as meaningful life projects: identity construction among politically active Tamil families in Norway », in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Volume 35, Issue 12, 2012

source: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/ref/10.1080/01419870.2011.599851#tabModule 

Call for Manuscripts EAA _Education About Asia_ « Cyber Asia and the New Media » for Fall 2013

Education About Asia (EAA) is the peer-reviewed teaching journal of the Association for Asian Studies. Our approximately 1,700 readers include undergraduate instructors as well as high school and middle school teachers. Our articles are intended to provide educators, who are often not specialists, with basic understanding of Asia-related content. Qualified referees evaluate all manuscripts submitted for consideration. Most of our subscribers teach and work in history, the social sciences, or the humanities.

We are in the process of developing a special section titled « Cyber Asia and the New Media » for the fall 2013 issue of EAA. In this special section, we invite authors to submit manuscripts that assist instructors and students in secondary school and college/university introductory survey courses in the humanities or social sciences to better understand this contemporary topic. Manuscripts are sought where authors depict the impact of recent innovations in digital technology and communications upon politics, entertainment, economics, entrepreneurship, social movements, youth culture, education, and globalization. We welcome manuscripts from teachers, scholars, journalists, or others who have expertise in the topic.

Prospective authors should be aware that approximately fifty percent of our readers teach at the undergraduate level and the rest are secondary or middle school teachers. Please consult the EAA guidelines, available on the website under my signature before submitting a manuscript for this special section. Pay particular attention to feature and teaching resources manuscript word-count ranges. Prospective authors are also encouraged to share possible manuscript ideas with me via email. The deadline for initial submission of manuscripts is March 10, 2013. Please send manuscript ideas to Lucien Ellington several weeks before the deadline.

Lucien Ellington
Editor, Education About Asia
302 Pfeiffer Stagmaier Hall
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone (423) 425-2118, Fax (423) 425-5441
email: l-ellington@comcast.net
Web Site: http://www.asian-studies.org/

International Conference « Buddhism & Australia 2013 » on 23-25 January 2013

Buddhism & Australia is pleased to inform you that the 2nd International Conference Buddhism & Australia will be held on 23-25 January, 2013 in Perth, Western Australia. Acknowledging the history of Buddhism in the region, the main goal of the conference is to research and investigate the buddhavacana, without the referene to any particular schools or disciplines such as Theravada, Mahayana or Vajrayana. The 4 working panels in 2013 will focus on followings: 1) History 2) Philosophy 3) Texts (Sutras, Tantras, commentaries, translations ) 4) Open topics related to Buddhism like Buddhism in Contemporary Society, Buddhism & Contemporary Astrophysics , » Buddhism in Europe etc.

All Buddhists, researchers, scholars, students and members of the general public interested in Buddhism, and other relevant subjects such as Archaeology, Buddhism History, Buddhist art, Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Literature, Manuscripts, Inscriptions, etc., are cordially invited to present their papers in this coming conference.

Working language will be English. The time for paper presentation is 30 min Papers to be presented in the conference will be published in conference website.

Deadline for Abstracts: 25 November 2012 Deadline for Full-Article: 25 December 2012

Organizers An author and organizer for Buddhism & Australia conference is Vello Vrtnu, the Head of Estonian Nyingma and Buddhism & Australia Inc , who has been organizing International Conferences Buddhism & Nordland in Europe since 2006 ( www.budcon.com). Vello Vrtnu is the founder of Buddhist tradition and the first Nyingma movement in Estonia (1982), builder of the first stupas in northern Europe, internationally recognized thangka master and author of an online Estonian Nyingma Buddhist Encyclopedia. In 2010 Vrnu started his activities in Austral-Asian region, organizing Buddhist conferences, an art exhibitions, an online Buddhist History of Australia, an online Buddhist Encyclopaedia of China etc. The first conference Buddhism & Australia took place from 2-4th of February 2012 in Murdoch university and was a great success. Participated academics and Buddhist scholars from 16 countries around the world and the conference covered a large variety of topics, which clearly indicated the direction for the next years http://mingkok.buddhistdoor.com/en/news/d/24337 http://www.perthnow.com.au/buddhism-could-enlighten-australia-and-asian-cultures/story-fn8ou527-1226252787624

To register To participate in the conference Buddhism & Australia 2013 please submit an abstract of your paper (max 500 words), CV (max of 2 pages) by the following e-mail: info@buddhismandaustralia.com Payment of the conference fee of 1800 AUD should be made by 25 December 2012. ! Earlybird registration fee of 1600 AUD is possible until 10 December 2012. Please find details: www.buddhismandaustralia.com

Presentations connected to Sri Lanka at the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion

Below you will find a list of presentations connected to Sri Lanka that are to be given next week at the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago.  More information about the meetings can be found here:

http://www.aarweb.org/

 

M16-113
University of Illinois, Chicago Institute for the Humanities and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Theme: The Holy War Conference: Modern Instantiations
Rachel Havrelock, University of Illinois, Chicago, Presiding
Friday – 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Offsite – University of Illinois, Chicago Institute for the Humanities, 701 South Morgan St

This conference is free and open to the public. For more information, or to register: huminst@uic.edu312-996-6354

Mahinda Deegalle, Bath Spa University
A Just War in Sri Lanka?

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M16-206
Dharma Academy of North America (DANAM)

Theme: Transmission, Innovation, and Identity Formation in Buddhist Communities
Karma Lekshe Tsomo, University of San Diego, Presiding
Friday – 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
McCormick Place South-501A

Natalie Quli, Institute of Buddhist Studies
The Relationship between Temple Ownership Patterns and Ethnic Identity in Four Sri Lankan American Buddhist Temples

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A17-105
North American Religions Section; Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group; Hinduism Group; North American Hinduism Group; Religion and Migration Group; and Space, Place, and Religious Meaning Group

Theme: E Pluribus Pluribus: Transnational Hinduism in North America
Corinne Dempsey, Nazareth College, Presiding
Saturday – 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
McCormick Place North-426B

This collection of papers explores the diverse landscape of North American Hinduism as conceived, experienced, and practiced by immigrants. Members of each community studied re-conceptualize identities and practices both locally and within larger, transnational contexts. The first paper addresses the transformation of a local Tamil goddess into a universal goddess through the activities of a Michigan temple. The second paper examines transnational protest campaigns against offensive uses of Hindu imagery. The next paper explores the re-construction of “Indianness” in an Indo-Caribbean immigrant-run temple in Florida. From a macro-level perspective, the fourth paper enumerates the reasons why “trans-national” is the most appropriate term to apply to Hindu communities in Canada. The final paper analyzes a poem to demonstrate the Toronto-based author’s expression of Hindu identity that is simultaneously universal and Garhwali. Hindu diversity is maintained yet re-configured as Hindus cross national borders and establish themselves in North America.

Paul Younger, McMaster University
Trans-national Hinduism in Canada

There are approximately 500,000 Hindus in Canada worshipping in a couple hundred different temples. Because this community developed quietly with little controversy there has not been an effort to date to define the nature of the community. This paper is a preliminary attempt to initiate that process. The community is not usually thought of as a “diaspora” because it did not come from a single homeland and did not come unwillingly. Immigrants from Guyana, East Africa and Sri Lanka play a prominent role, and the community developed a large number of separate temple communities by following the local tax regulations for religious organizations. Because of the strong local temple organizations “global” forms of Hinduism have played a minor role. It is argued here that the term “trans-national” best describes the self-conscious modifications of tradition characteristic of the Canadian temple scene.

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P17-108
Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies

Theme: The Ethics of Wealth in a World of Economic Inequality: Buddhist and Christian Perspectives
Alice A. Keefe, University of Wisconsin, Presiding
Saturday – 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
McCormick Place West-182

Joerg Rieger, Southern Methodist University
Alan Jay Richard, Realistic Living
Carol S. Anderson, Kalamazoo College

 

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A18-102
Buddhism Section

Theme: Blurred Borders: Pan-Asianism, Transnationalism, and Buddhist Identities
Scott Mitchell, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Presiding
Sunday – 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
McCormick Place West-187B

How does contemporary Buddhism challenge or complicate identity formation in the modern nation state? To answer this question, the papers in this panel explore the pan-Asian and transnational identities of the groups/individuals standing at the intersection between two or more traditionally Buddhist cultures. Looking at Buddhist figures and groups in Sri Lanka, Sikkim, Korea, China, and Japan, the comparative lens used to examine this topic reveal a pan-Asian transnational Buddhism that both challenge established identities and construct new ones. These new identities challenge colonialism, unite groups of people, and legitimate minority communities and new religious groups. Though not always successful, the vision produced by these new identities undoubtedly complicates our notion of a Buddhism restricted to the borders of the modern nation-state.

Kalzang Dorjee Bhutia, University of Delhi
The First Vajrayana-turned-Theravada Monk: Rediscovering Anti-colonial and Pan- Asian Modernities in the Life of S. Mahinda Thera

This paper will explore a forgotten moment of pan-Asian anti-colonialism where Buddhism played a key role in creating links between vastly different cultural and geographical territories through focusing on the life of Jathika S. Mahinda Thera (b. 1898?-d.1951). S. Mahinda Thera was a famous Buddhist monk, intellectual and poet who made important contributions to the Ceylonese freedom movement in the 1930s and -40s. Originally hailing from the Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim, Mahinda Thera arrived in Sri Lanka in the early 1910s. His subsequent education in Theravadin traditions of the island make him the first recorded example of a Vajrayana-turned-Theravadin Buddhist monk in history. More importantly, his life story bound together two distinct South Asian experiences of colonialism, and provides new insight on the way that Buddhism cultivated anti-colonial sentiment in different areas of Asia through contributing to pan-Asian identity while also leading to two very divergent postcolonial trajectories.

Jeffrey Samuels, Western Kentucky University
Pan-Buddhist, Pan-Asian: Religious and Social Conflict in the Making of a Theravada Identity in Malaysia

Given the multi-ethnic, pan-Buddhist, and pan-Asian nature of most Theravada temples in Malaysia, this paper uncovers the dynamic processes through which religious institutions and leaders navigate conflicts that surround competing ideas about religious practice, and how a world religion such as Buddhism provides minority communities with a flexible sense of citizenship to coexist with and/or challenge the dominant nation state. In particular, this paper promises to increase our understanding of how Buddhism, when envisioned as a pan-Asian identity, may function as strategies of legitimation for minority religious communities, particularly when ideas about religion, culture, and the nation remain in flux.

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A19-205
International Development and Religion Group

Theme: Varieties of Response: Intersections of International Development and Religion in Global Contexts
Nathan Loewen, Vanier College, Presiding
Monday – 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
McCormick Place North-126

This session explores diverse interactions between international development and religion in a variety of global contexts. Through a consideration of a literacy program in Egypt, faith-based responses to rape and torture in the Congo, alliances between World Vision International and the government in Sri Lanka, and religious and development constructions of land among Palestinians and Christians, the session focuses on the difference context can make for the ways in which religion and development interact, as well as the challenges this presents for academic analysis.

Oshan Fernando, Chicago, IL
World Vision International and the Politics of Development in Sri Lanka

The global proliferation of new Christian movements has generated renewed anxiety in some contexts about their (in)compatibility with local cultural formations. In Sri Lanka, such concerns found expression in efforts by emerging political formations to introduce laws to control religious conversions. Despite prevalent concerns about Christian movements, several global faith-based organizations (FBOs) work alongside government apparatuses to provide a range of local-level development programs. Drawing on ethnographic research in southern Sri Lanka, this paper considers the activities of one such global FBO—World Vision International. Active in Sri Lanka since 1977, WVI’s relative success has emerged from its ability to present its projects through a « secular » developmentalist veneer. Moreover, it was understood by government officials as operating `below’ the state when apprehended from within the familiar logic of the state’s spatiality. Yet, an analysis of its local interventions illuminate the far-reaching implications it has on local and national configurations of power.

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A20-101
Buddhism Section

Theme: Buddhist Canons in Context: Compilation, Devotion, and Transformation
Jiang Wu, University of Arizona, Presiding
Tuesday – 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
McCormick Place West-176A

This proposed paper session seeks to break new ground in Buddhist studies by analyzing the structure and significance of the canon in various contexts. We will consider the canon as a practical creation for a particular religious community through presentations on four unique cases in Theravada, Tibetan, Japanese, and Chinese traditions. Topics include medieval Theravada anthologies as “fossilized canons,” the interplay between patronage and authority in Tibetan canonic traditions, the instability of eighth century Japanese editions, sectarian transformation of sacred texts in the Japanese Shingon and True Pure Land schools, and public self-immolation dedicated to the creation of the Zhaocheng canon carved in twelfth century China. Although each paper focuses on a specific cultural region and time period, all treat Buddhist canons as living entities that respond to the religious, political, and social needs of the individuals involved in their creation.

Jonathan Young, College of the Holy Cross
Fossilized Canons: Reevaluating Medieval Pāli Anthology Texts

The Pāli canon has rarely been available in its entirety among the Buddhist communities of South and Southeast Asia. Even when available, Buddhists have generally opted to employ a limited number of canonical texts, passages, and their commentaries as part of a shared repertoire that scholars have referred to as a practical canon. While we may observe such practical canons in use among contemporary Buddhist communities, it is far more challenging to assess what such practical canons may have looked like for Buddhists of the medieval period. This paper examines Pāli anthologies, particularly the Sārasaṅgaha and theUpāsakajanālaṅkāra, as fossilized canons that help us to reconstruct the ways in which medieval Buddhists understood and utilized the canonical and non-canonical texts that would have formed the practical canons of their day.

CFP CHAM Internacional Conference | Colonial (Mis)understandings: Portugal and Europe in Global Perspective, 1450-1900 | July 17-20, 2013 – Lisbon

Since the 15th century, an extended geographical, natural, scientific and
political reality has posed a continuous challenge to the ways in which the
world has been understood historically. And misunderstood. The aim of this
conference is to address the processes of interpretation, both explicit and
implicit, recognized and obscured, that were initiated by European
Expansion. Imperial spaces, whether governed by the Portuguese, Spanish,
Dutch, English, French or other Europeans, set the stage for contact,
confrontation, and conflict in colonized spaces such as Brazil, Mexico,
Indonesia, India, or Martinique where regimes of translation, circulation,
and resistance emerged. How many implicit misunderstandings or tacit
silences characterized human interactions in the face of a new, shared, and
connected reality?

In recent years concepts such as the ‘first globalization’, ‘global
history’ and ‘world history’, have attempted to connect these multiple
realities. But how have these approaches been understood and put into
practice? And what challenges do they pose to scholars today? Intellectual
production has been prolific and this is an opportune moment to reflect
upon these questions, and assess what has been achieved and what strides
are yet to be made.

*We invite scholars from all humanities and social science disciplines to
submit panel proposals on the following themes:*

1. Methodological challenges to global/world history
2. New directions in historiography
3. Classical traditions: fostering and impeding new understandings
4. Religion and moral order
5. Language, communication, and translation
6. Making sense of the globe: space and territory
7. Commercial networks and the rise of capitalism
8. Imperial power dynamics and local political realities
9. Circulation and consumption of material and visual culture
10. Law, legal regimes and the practice of justice
11. Socio-cultural interactions and the construction of colonial societies
12. Colonial cities and urban landscapes
13. Nature, science, and empire

The Call for Panels closes on November 30, 2012. A Call for Papers will
open on December 20, 2012.

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*To learn more about the conference and propose a panel, please go to:*
http://www.cham.fcsh.unl.pt/CHAMInternacionalConference.html