Monthly Archives: October 2011

Graduate Student Symposium

I’m happy to announce that the Institute’s 2nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium has been scheduled for March 16, 2012.

Last year, our inaugural event, which featured a single panel focused on Buddhist issues in the modern world, was great success, drawing interest from within the IBS community, the broader GTU student body, and grad students from the University of California, Berkeley. Building on that success, this year we plan to expand the program to a full day of panels and have released the following open call for papers.

Call for Papers 

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 2nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. Our theme this year is “Globalization, Tourism, Modernization, and Religions of Asia.” Both in Asia and in the West, religions are transformed by globalization, tourism, and modernization. This conference invites graduate students to submit proposals considering how one or more of these topics affect Religions of Asia, either in the US or abroad. Proposals should be between 150 to 200 words, and include the paper’s title and the author’s name, affiliation, and contact information. Please submit proposals to no later than January 1, 2012.

Symposia such as these are a great opportunity for professional development. They give grad students an opportunity to practice giving papers (an important aspect of a scholar’s professional life) and act as a way to get feedback on one’s writing and research from sympathetic peers and experienced faculty members.

If you’re in a graduate program studying Buddhism or Asian religions more broadly, I encourage you to submit a paper for consideration. And if you’re a faculty member, please forward this off to your students.

Looking forward to the symposium in March!