Subjectivity in Pure Land Buddhism:
17th Biennial Conference of the
International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies


第17回国際真宗学会大会が、アメリカ・カリフォルニア州バークレイ市の仏教大学院(Institute of Buddhist Studies)において、2015年8月7-9日に開催されることについて、先にご案内いたしましたが、大会の案内が本部に送られてきましたので、皆様にもお届けします。英文では、大会趣旨について英文で示されていますが、以下簡単に日本語に訳してお知らせします。発表申し込み締め切りは、少し早いですが、2014年12月1日となっています。久しぶりのバークレイでの学会大会です。今から準備をして、是非多くの方々が参加されることを願っています。

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The International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (IASBS) is pleased to announce the following call for papers.

Subjectivity in Pure Land Buddhism:

 17th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (IASBS)

Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, California

Friday, August 7 to Sunday, August 9, 2015

Abstracts due: December 1, 2014

Papers due: July 7, 2015

Studies of Pure Land Buddhism — which address the thought, practice, and iconography of Pure Land throughout the historical development of Buddhism generally— are often rooted in modern discourses of religious studies that take certain foundational concepts for granted: individuality, subjectivity, historicity. But how have the referents of these modern concepts been understood in relation to Pure Land Buddhist doctrine and praxis? How has subjectivity, the answer to the question of who “I” am or who “we” are, been understood across Buddhist cultures and histories? How does the “who” exist? How is it known? How is it experienced? The 17th Biennial Meeting of the IASBS invites individual paper and (four paper) panel proposals related to questions of subjectivity in Pure Land Buddhism.

 Papers might address questions such as:

– Does awareness of living in the declining age of the dharma (mappō) affect the way persons understand their relationship to Pure Land thought or practice? Is mappō necessary for Pure Land practice?

– How are notions of subjectivity understood, problematized, or described?

– Can subjectivity be understood as communal or collective or is it necessarily personal and individual?

– How have Pure Land Buddhist communities reframed subjectivity in relation to collectives as opposed to individuals?

– Who am “I” or who are “we” as scholars of Pure Land Buddhism?

– How do religious or spiritual experience, often presumed in Western religious thought to transcend the personal, undermine notion of individual subjectivity?

– How does subjectivity relate to language?

– Does subjectivity in Pure Land Buddhism necessarily include an awareness of history?

Papers and panels may address all aspects of Pure Land Buddhist studies from any Buddhist culture (Japan, India, China, Tibet, Vietnam, Korea, the West, etc.) or from any time period, historical or modern, and approached from a variety of methodological lenses.

Proposals should include a title, a 150-word abstract, author’s name and institutional affiliation. Panels should include all of the above for each member of the panel as well as a title for the panel and suggestions for moderators or respondents.

Please submit abstracts to by December 1, 2014.