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- PASSING> Henry Rosemont Jr. (1934-2017)
- CFP> Traditional Religions, Secularisms, and Revivals: Buddhism and Shamanism in Northern Eurasia
- NEW BOOK> Imagination and Narrative: Lexical and Cultural Translation in Buddhist Asia
- RESOURCE> The Annotated Corpus of Classical Tibetan (ACTib)
by Charles MullerDear Colleagues,
Prof. Rosemont was a scholar of Confucianism, but those of you who work in the area of East Asia may have had the opportunity (as I was lucky to do) to be involved with this fine scholar and gentleman.
by Ivan Sablin
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Call for Papers
March 9, 2018 to March 10, 2018
Area Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Religious Studies and TheologyThe Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Dynamics in the History of Religions” of the Ruhr-University Bochum (http://khk.ceres.rub.de/en/) invites paper proposals for the Workshop “Traditional Religions, Secularisms, and Revivals: Buddhism and Shamanism in Northern Eurasia” to be held on March 9–10, 2018.
Focusing on Buddhism and Shamanism in Mongolia, Siberia, Central Asia, Tibet, and the Himalayas, the workshop will trace the introduction of Eurocentric secular projects of defining and limiting religion to cultural contexts in which religions, philosophies, and worldviews fundamentally challenge these secular definitions. The categories of “religion” and “secularism” are both products of European modern intellectual history, but they developed out of European perceptions of Christianity and its contrast to non-European “others” and their religions. Scholarship on secularism and its effects, however, has focused overwhelmingly on monotheistic contexts, largely ignoring the role of secularism and the category of religion in socialist secular projects and non-monotheistic religious traditions. The concept of “religion” was not merely imposed from above. It was appropriated and redefined by Buddhists and Shamanists in the twentieth and twenty-first century creating new hierarchies and stimulating new asymmetrical power relations. Since the early twentieth century Buddhism was increasingly used in the processes of nation-building, while Shamanism was continuously marginalized. The socialist secular project in Siberia, Mongolia, and Central Asia demonstrated attempts to integrate religion into building new states (1920s), rigid anti-religious campaigns (1930s), and the moderate recognition and even support of organized religion (1950s—1980s). In contemporary Mongolia and Siberia, Buddhism has once again been elevated to the status of “national” or “traditional” religion, while in Nepal it became a marker of one’s subnational ethnic belonging. In view of the expectations about what national or traditional religion is supposed to be, Shamanism remained contested in all four regional contexts, yet became increasingly popular in heterogeneous revival movements defying both state and religious authority. Examining the ways in which secular projects intersected with Buddhist and Shamanist religious projects promises to open new perspectives on secularism, socialism, and colonialism. Christopher Atwood (University of Pennsylvania) and Nikolay Tsyrempilov (Nazarbayev University) will give keynote lectures.
We invite papers that focus on the demands to define Buddhism and Shamanism as religions in nationalist, socialist, and post-socialist contexts and the attempts to embrace, surpass and resist such definitions; the interactions between religion and politics and the anti-religious campaigns of the twentieth century; the tensions between religion, nationalism, and the processes of de-secularization or re-secularization that engendered alternative ethnic/religious revivals; the involvement of politicians, academics, and lawmakers with religion and that of shamans, monks, and believers with politics, academia, and law. Submissions on related topics within the relevant geographic and religious areas are welcome. Each paper must explicitly address the issue of secularism or desecularization and, preferably, discuss interactions between different religious denominations or groups within the same religion. The organizers intend to submit a selection of papers to the e-journal Entangled Religions (http://er.ceres.rub.de) for possible peer-reviewed publication. We will be able to provide hotel accommodation and cover travel expenses within Europe, but encourage participants to seek additional funding from their home institutions.
Please submit a 300-word abstract along with brief biographical information to Secularisms.Bochum@gmail.com before September 10, 2017. Notes of acceptance will be sent before October 10, 2017. Invited participants will be expected to submit full papers of 7,000–10,000 words by February 15, 2018.
by Charles DiSimone
Year published :July 2017
Pages :296 pp.
Size :14x21 cm., paperback
Imagination and Narrative: Lexical and Cultural Translation in Buddhist Asiaby Peter Skilling and Justin Thomas McDaniel
Edited by Peter Skilling and Justin Thomas McDaniel
The essays in this volume highlight the movement of Buddhist ideas and practices across Asia and how the encounter of far-flung cultures and personalities encouraged adaptation and transformation. At times this meant textual translation and transmission, as seen in the chapters about Chinese and Japanese Buddhist texts and their authors, or the analysis of Buddhist manuscripts in northern Thailand. Other cases entailed cultural translation—local adaptations of jataka tales, the evolution of legal notions within the framework of Theravada Buddhist teachings, localizations embedded in material culture seen through inscriptions and archaeological traces. Some themes go beyond Buddhism writ small to explore the broad canvas of engagement: the East-West encounter in the British geographical and anthropological exploration of Burma, and the place of Brahmanism in early Buddhist thought as expressed through the jatakas.
This expertly curated selection of scholarship shows that the diffusion of ideas and religious thought is much more than a tale of decline and loss or cultural appropriation and impoverishment. The fresh perspectives presented here—all drawn on primary sources—give an overall impression of a singular diversity that somehow participates in an unacknowledged unity. Beyond the fragmentations of sectarian and cultural divides, disparate Buddhist and non-Buddhist traditions have gone beyond arbitrary boundaries and flourished through their simultaneity.
Contributors: Olivier de Bernon, Frédéric Girard, Iyanaga Nobumi, François Lagirarde, Jacques Leider, Michel Lorrillard, Justin McDaniel, Kumkum Roy, Peter Skilling, Warangkana Srikamnerd.
· Presents a range of studies on the spread of religious thought and material culture in Asia
· Relies on historical evidence to explain specific cases of the spread of Buddhist ideas
· Highlights interreligious and intercultural exchanges within Asia and beyond
· Counters the notion that transmission and transformation eroded or diluted the potency of the Buddha’s teachings
About the Editors
PETER SKILLING is professor at the École française d’Extrême-Orient in Bangkok.
JUSTIN THOMAS MCDANIEL is chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Buddhism | Buddhist communities | transmission | cultural diffusion | texts | manuscripts
Book details below. More info may be found here: https://silkwormbooks.com/products/imagination-and-narrative
by Charles DiSimone
The Annotated Corpus of Classical Tibetan (ACTib), Part I - Segmented version, based on the BDRC digitised text collection, tagged with the Memory-Based Tagger from TiMBL.
Meelen, Marieke; Hill, Nathan W.; Handy, Christopher
This corpus is a part-of-speech tagged version of
Wallman, Jeff, Rowinski, Zach, Ngawang Trinley, Tomlinson, Chris, & Keutzer, Kurt. (2017). Collection of Tibetan etexts compiled by the Buddhist Digital Resource Center [Data set]. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.821218
using the training data of
Hill, Nathan W., & Garrett, Edward. (2017). A part-of-speech (POS) tagged corpus of Classical Tibetan [Data set]. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.574878
using the memory based tagger of
More info here: https://zenodo.org/record/823707
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