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Networks and Religious Difference in Asian Buddhist Traditions

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Conveners. 
Rob Campany, Professor and Director, Asian Studies Program, Vanderbilt University
Nancy G. Lin, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University
Bryan Lowe, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University


FRIDAY 3 APRIL
The Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room 129 

Introductions and the Mapping of the Intellectual Project

9:00-9:15   Nancy G. Lin, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University
                 Bryan Lowe, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University

Networks Across Land and Sea

9:15-10:00  “Lankan Royal Landscapes in Trans-regional Perspective”
Anne Blackburn, Professor, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University

10:00-10:45  “Shinra Myōjin in the ‘East Asian Mediterranean’ Network”
Sujung Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, DePauw University

10:45-11:00  Coffee Break

11:00-11:45  “Overland and Maritime Networks of Early Buddhist Transmission: Case Studies of Transregional Interaction and Exchange from the Northwest and Southeast Asia”
Jason Neelis, Associate Professor, Department of Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University
 
11:45-12:00  Discussion on panel moderated by Bryan Lowe, Assistant Professor, Department of
Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University
 

12:00-13:00  Lunch

Regimes of Knowledge Through Monastic Networks

13:00-13:45  “The ‘Tiantai Four Books’ (天台四書): Protocols of Buddhist Learning in Late-Song and Yuan China”
Daniel Stevenson, Professor, Religious Studies, The University of Kansas
 
13:45-14:30  “Religious Difference in Tibetan Buddhist Letter-writing Networks: An Analysis of Strong and
 Weak Ties”
Christina Kilby, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
 

14:30-14:45  Coffee Break

14:45-15:30  “The Medicine Buddha Across Borders: Negotiating Ritual Frameworks of Medical Knowledge in Tibetan Buddhist Medical Colleges, 17th-early 20th Centuries”
Stacey Van Vleet, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Chinese Studies, University of California-Berkeley
 
15:30-15:45  Discussion on panel moderated by Nancy G. Lin, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious
Studies, Vanderbilt University

15:45-16:00  Break

Overcoming Buddhist Difference Between South and East Asia

16:00-16:45  “Networks and Identity in Dali-Kingdom Buddhism”
Megan Bryson, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
 
16:45-17:30  “Emerging Networks between Ambedkarite and East Asian Buddhists: Prospects and Challenges for Inter-sectarian Collaboration”
Jon Keune, Sushila & Durga Agrawal Postdoctoral Fellow in India Studies, Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Houston
 
17:30-17:45  Discussion on panel moderated by Rob Campany, Professor and Director, Asian Studies Program,
 Vanderbilt University
 


SATURDAY 4 APRIL
The Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room 129

Translocal Objects, Sites, and Structures
 
9:00-9:45  “Flexibility of Architectural Language: Twin Pagodas from China to Korea”
Youn-mi Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of the History of Art, Yale University
 
9:45-10:30  “Creating Continental Counterparts for the Fujiwara no Kamatari Cult in Kamakura Japan,
(1185-1333)"
Susan Andrews, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Mount Allison University

10:30-10:45  Discussion on panel moderated by Tracy Miller, Associate Professor, Department of History
of Art, Vanderbilt University
 
10:45-11:00  Coffee Break

Closing Remarks and Discussion

11:00-12:00  Rob Campany, Professor and Director, Asian Studies Program, Vanderbilt University

 

The workshop was made possible through generous support from the Fant Fund, Office of the Dean, the College of Arts and Science; Department of Religious Studies; Department of History of Art; and the Asian Studies Program.