2012 Conference


2012 Graduate Student Conference in Buddhist Studies

To register (free) for the conference go to the event site

The Buddhist Studies Group at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce a conference to be hosted on the UVa Grounds from September 14 -16, 2012.  Our interdisciplinary graduate student conference, entitled “Buddhist Traditions: New Directions,” will open with a keynote address delivered by Gregory Schopen, esteemed scholar whose  pioneering work  in early Mahayana Buddhism is a model for the “new directions” toward which this conference is aimed.  In addition to paper presentations, we will also host an expert panel and workshop on new directions in teaching Buddhism to undergraduates.  UVa’s more than thirty graduate students in Buddhist Studies look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be an enriching collaborative experience.


Paper Presentations

While we hope to keep the conference theme of “Buddhist traditions” broad enough to encourage widespread participation, we also see this event as a special opportunity to explore “new directions” — forward pathways in scholarship made possible not only by advances in digital technology and a growing global consciousness, but also by the particular vision that each new generation of scholars offers to the field.  This conference is designed to be a forum in which young scholars can test new approaches, bridge disciplines in creative ways, and expand the scope of sources that we bring to our studies.  In this spirit, we strongly encourage proposals that stretch received boundaries and challenge the way we think about studying Buddhism.


University of Virginia entities have allocated generous funding to cover the costs of all lodging and meals for students presenting papers.   Travel funds, however, should be obtained from the students’ home institutions or other sources.  Submissions from international applicants are welcome, although please keep in mind that we are unable to provide international travel funding.  We also invite any non-presenting students or scholars to attend at their own cost.



Please submit any questions to buddhiststudiesgroup@virginia.edu.  Graduate students Manuel Lopez (mal5f@virginia.edu), Matthew Zito (mjz3pm@virginia.edu), and Christie Kilby Robinson (cak9pn@virginia.edu) are the conference organizers, whom you may also contact directly with questions.