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By Chris Lundry on November 2nd, 2016

The Theravada Civilizations Project announces:

A Doctoral and Post-doctoral Workshop, University of Toronto, March 15, 2017

DEADLINE for proposals: Jan.1, 2017

The Theravada Civilizations Project is pleased to announce plans for an intensive Doctoral and Post-doctoral workshop, which will be held on March 15, one day prior to the Association for Asian Studies, March16-19, 2012 at the University of Toronto. We will pay for roundtrip airfare and two nights in a hotel, March 14 and 15.

Theravada Buddhism is practiced throughout the world with over 150 million practitioners settled primarily in Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nepal, and Thailand. Diaspora communities from South and Southeast Asia as well as the global interest in Insight (vipassana) meditation has led to the growth of Theravada Buddhism in the Americas, Australia, Japan, and Europe. The scholarly study of Theravada Buddhism began with the scrutiny of Pali and Sanskrit literature, but now covers many disciplines including literature, ethics, anthropology, philology, philosophy, history, cultural studies, political science, urban studies, and art and material culture.

The Theravada Civilizations Project  is comprised of a group of scholars from numerous institutions including the University of London, The University of Chicago, Arizona State University, the University of Washington, the University of Vermont, Cornell University, the University of Wisconsin, Missouri State University, Western Kentucky University, the University of Toronto, the University of Louisville, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University in consultation with scholars from Asian and European institutions.  Since these members and other scholars in the field are based at many different locations, graduate students preparing their dissertations and post-doctoral students converting their PhD to a book do not have the opportunity to present and gain detailed feedback on their work from several experts in the field.

This workshop is intended to bring together doctoral students and post-doctoral academics in the humanities and social sciences who engage some aspects of Theravada classical and/or vernacular literature and/or research aspects of Theravada history and cultural practice among South or Southeast Asian communities.  Participants will be (i) developing dissertation proposals, or (ii) in the early to middle phases of research and dissertation writing, or (iii) revising recent dissertations for publication.

Applicants should send a current cv and a ten-page proposal to