Buddhist Studies: Past, Present, Future

April 6, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Kiva Auditorium (Student Union Building)

Abstract:

Defining Buddhist Studies has become more difficult as disciplinary structures are being questioned for relevance and accountability. Where should Buddhism be studied in a time when the literature is filled with “obituaries” of established practices and institutions? How important is it for the field to become a clearly mapped knowledge “territory”? Is it possible to conceive of an approach between scholars that is collaborative and even interdependent? Can knowledge produced in the context of application within the digital realm be accepted? Is there information that will be suppressed in the ensuing debate?  Will the future bring a broader system of quality control? Is this a moment of singularity where potentials are available to signal an era of creativity?