Now You Can See the Tentative Schedule and Presentation Abstracts for the Upcoming Academic Conference on Buddhism and Social Justice

Last summer, I brought you news about the upcoming academic conference on Buddhism and social justice that will be held at Leiden University from April 23-25. The conference program is now online along with you abstracts for each presentation. The schedule is below, and you can find/download the rest here.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (TENTATIVE PROGRAM)

Wednesday 23 April

9:30-10:30
*Jonathan Silk *- *Buddhism and Social Justice: What are we doing?*

10:30-10:45
Coffee break

10:45-11:15
*Claudio Cicuzza *- *Buddhist notions of justice and modern concepts of
Human Dignity*

11:15-11:45
*Paulus Kaufmann *- *Roles of Justice in Kūkai’s Ethical Theory*

11:45-12:00
Coffee break

12:00-12:45
*Eugin Ciurtin *-* Flat and Curved Universes: On Exceptional Agency and
Ordinary Social Justice in Indian Buddhism*

13:00-14:30
Lunch break

14:30-15:30
*Steve Collins *-* On the ‘gentle violence’ of a stable social order*

15:30-15:45
Coffee break

15:45-16:15
*Berthe Jansen *- *The Impact of the Monastic Institution on Society and
Social Justice in Pre-modern Tibet*

16:15-16:45
*Johan Elverskog *-* Buddhism as Colonialism: Mining and Social
Exploitation on the Commodity Frontier*

Thursday 24 April

9:30-10:30
*Nam-Lin Hur *-* Buddhism and War: Senriji’s Monthly Newsletters and
Shinshū Teachings in Modern Japan, 1929-1944*

10:30-10:45
Coffee break

10:45-11:15
*Vincent Breugem *- *Ghosts Under the Bridge: Famine and Segaki Rituals in
Medieval Japan*

11:15-11:45
*Pu Chengzhong *-* Justice for Different Species: the Ethical Treatment of
Animals in Early Chinese Buddhism*

11:45-12:00
Coffee break

12:00-12:30
*Thomas Kim *- *Temple Slaves and Monks as Landlords: Issues of Doctrinal
Allegiance and Institutional Pragmatism in the Joseon Period*

12:30-14:30
Lunch break + *afternoon visit to Keukenhof*

Friday 25 April

9:30-10:00
*Joanna Gruszewska *- *The rhetorics of the caste criticism in Vajrasūcī*

10:00-10:30
*Jonathan Silk *- *What Remains: Anti-caste Rhetoric and Anti-Outcaste
Rhetoric in Indian Buddhism*

10:30-11:00
*Vincent Tournier *-* Cosmogony, Anti-caste Arguments and Royal Epics: the
Aggañña Myth and Its Scriptural Contexts*

11:00-11:15
Coffee break

11:15-11:45
*Iselin Frydenlund *- *Religious minorities in Buddhist majority states*

11:45-12:15
*Jacques Leider *- *Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingyas in Arakan -
Historical grief and ethnic tensions*

12:15-13:30
Lunch break

13:30-14:00
*Chris Lammerts *- *Contested histories of Buddhist law in Burma,
c.1200-1800 C.E.*

14:00-14:30
*Daniel Webster Kent *- *Thinking Karmically About War in Sri Lanka:
Evaluating Actions and Ameliorating Consequences in a Time of Declining
Dharma*

14:30-15:00
Coffee break

15:00-15:30
*Chris Wilkinson *- *Political Revolution and the Commoners’ Cause in the
Transmission of the Cakrasaṃvaratantra*

15:30-16:00
*Ian Harris *- *Kingship, colonialism and republic: Rethinking issues of
social justice in modern Cambodia*

16:00-16:15
Coffee break

16:15-17:30
*Round table discussion*

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