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Faculty Activities

Harvard Law School
May 20th, 2016
“Animal Accusers and the Rhetoric of Suffering: Troubling the Human/Animal Divide”
Workshop: Animals, Law, and Religion
Richard McGregor


New York University, Abu Dhabi
May 10th, 2016
“The Cosmopolitan Figure as Ethical Exemplar in Tenth-Century Basra”
Workshop: Global Gulf Studies
Richard McGregor


Leiden University
Netherlands
11 May 2015
Guest Lecture: “Ghastly Hauntings and Divine Justice: A New Approach to Ritual, Ethics and Kingship in Ancient Japanese Buddhism.” 
Bryan D. Lowe


Center for Buddhist Studies
University of California--Los Angeles 
6 March 2015
Guest Lecture: "Composing the Cosmos: Prayer, Poetics, and Cosmology in Ancient Japan." 
Bryan D. Lowe


Association for Asian Studies 2015 Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
26-29 March 2015
"Poetics of Prayer: The Intersection of Literature and Ritual in Early Japanese Buddhist Mortuary Practice." 
Bryan D. Lowe


ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop
Columbia University
6-8 March 2015
"Establishing Yonghegong as an Imperial Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in 1744."
Workshop: "Tibetan Buddhist Networking in the 18th Century: Lives and Letters."
Nancy G. Lin
Merits of the Book: Buddhist Manuscript Traditions Across Asia
Workshop on Buddhist Manuscripts
University of Chicago
26-28 February 2015
"Writing Societies: Colophons and Communities in Ancient Japanese Buddhism." 
Bryan D. Lowe
For more information, please visit:
https://divinity.uchicago.edu/sites/default/files/imce/conferences/merits/conference%20abstracts.pdf

Veritas Forum
"Encountering Evil: Vanderbilt Faculty Discuss Suffering"
18 February 2015
Vanderbilt University
Langford Auditorium
Moderator: Paul Lim
Panelists: Scott Aikin, Sandra Barnes, Nancy Lin, Keith Meador, David Weintraub

Canceled due to inclement weather; may be rescheduled for a later date.


Colonization, Race, and Disease: Ebola in Context
Center for Medicine, Health, and Society
Vanderbilt University
13 December 2014
Panelist: Dianna Bell

American Academy of Religion 2014 Annual Conference
San Diego, California
22-25 November 2014 
"Condensing Indic Buddhist Narratives."
Multi-year Seminar: "Religion and the Literary in Tibet"
Nancy G. Lin
American Academy of Religion 2014 Annual Conference
San Diego, California
22-25 November 2014 
"Composing Kingship and Cosmos: Prayer, Genre, and Ritual in Early Japan."
Bryan D. Lowe
Lady Sriram College, Delhi University
Delhi, India
31 October 2014
Guest Lecture: "History in a City without Literature: Some reflections on Delhi and Urdu."
Anand V. Taneja
Indian Institute of Habitat Studies
Bangalore, India
20 October 2014
Guest Lecture: "Jinnealogy: Archival Amensia and Islamic Theology in Post-Partition Delhi." 
Anand V. Taneja
17th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies
University of Vienna, Austria
22 August 2014
“Instituting Transcription: Laborers, Administrators, and Scriptoria and the Emergence of a Textualized Buddhist Tradition in Japan.”
Bryan D. Lowe 
Asian Studies Conference
Japan
21 June 2014
“Restoration or Reform: Meiji Writings on Buddhism in the Nara Period (710-784).”
Bryan D. Lowe
Association for Asian Studies 2014 Annual Conference
Philadelphia, PA
30 March 2014
"Networks of Practice: Early Japanese Buddhism through the Lens of the Shōsōin Corpus"
Bryan D. Lowe
Association for Asian Studies 2014 Annual Conference
Philadelphia, PA
29 March 2014
"The Return of the Cakravartin: Poetry and Portraiture at the Lhasa Court of Polhané"
Panel: The Aesthetics of Power and the Power of Aesthetics In Buddhist South Asia
Nancy G. Lin
East Asia Center Lecture Series
East Asia Center at the University of Virginia 
28 February 2014
"Haunted by Demons, Watched by Kings: Buddhism, Politics, and the Sutra Transcription in Early Japan" 
Bryan D. Lowe
Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
Chicago, IL
24 November 2013
“Apotropaic Mnemonics: Forgetful archives, everyday life, and the post-colonial condition in Delhi”
Panel: "The Bureaucratic and the Profane: Conceptualizing the Metaphysics of Governance"
Anand V. Taneja
Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion
Baltimore, MD
23-26 November 2013
Multi-year Seminar: "Religion and the Literary in Tibet."
Nancy G. Lin (participant)
Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion
Baltimore, MD
23-26 November 2013
"The Evils of Buddhist Politics: National History (kokushi) and the State Buddhism Model."
Bryan D. Lowe
42nd Annual Conference on South Asia
Madison, Wisconsin
18 October 2013
“Of Stones, Birds and Other Muslim Saints: The Shifting Moral and Ecological Landscapes of Urban North India”
Panel: "Other Than Human: Affective Spaces and Animals in Contemporary India"
Anand V. Taneja (Panel Organizer)
Thirteenth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS)
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
21-27 July 2013
"In Layman's Terms: The Politics of Poetry at the Fifth Dalai Lama's Court" by Nancy G. Lin
Panel on The Secular in Tibet and Mongolia
For more information, please visit the conference homepage:
http://www.iats.info/the-thirteenth-seminar-of-the-iats-–-ulaanbaatar-2013/
The Cult of the Healing Buddha in East Asia
Sponsored by Columbia University Center for Buddhism and East Asian Religions
Donghwasa Temple, South Korea
29-30 May 2013

Bryan Lowe, discussant


Research Group on Buddhism and Modernity
Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
25 May 2013

Bryan Lowe, discussant
For more information, please visit the event's homepage:
http://d.hatena.ne.jp/ma-tango/
American Academy of Religion Seminar
"Religion and the Literary in Tibet"
Spring meeting hosted by Harvard University
19-21 April 2013
Nancy G. Lin (participant)
For more information, please visit the seminar homepage:
http://tiblit.wordpress.com/about/
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference
San Diego, CA
21-24 March 2013
"Behula's Healing Power: A Narrative of Tantrika Corpse Revivification?" by Tony K. Stewart
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Harvard Buddhist Studies Forum
Harvard University
7 March 2013
4:15 PM
"Complex Agencies and the Formation of Buddhist Courts in Lhasa" by Nancy G. Lin
For the complete forum schedule, please click this link.

Symposium on the Tibetan Reincarnation System
The Tulku Institution in Tibetan Buddhism:
Past, Present, and Future Prospects of the Reincarnation System
University of San Francisco
15-16 February 2013
"Birth-Stories of the Fifth Dalai Lama" by Nancy G. Lin
For more information, please visit the symposium homepage.
Aesthetics of the Sublime: Religious Text and Rhetorical Theory
International Workshop
Cairo
15-17 December 2012

"Grappling with the Bengali Imaginaire: Making Sense of Informal Aesthetic Decisions
in Religious Fold Genres" by Tony K. Stewart
"A Quick Look at the 'Gaze' in Premodern Islamic Visual Culture" by Richard McGregor
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