When: September 30 – October 1, 2016
Where: 509 O’Brian Hall, UB North Campus
Join us for a two-day conference that builds on the edited collection, Buddhism and Law: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2014) by Rebecca French and Mark Nathan. It will also serve as the official launch of the first issue of the new peer-reviewed, academic journal, Buddhism, Law & Society (William S. Hein Publishing).
Synopsis: This two-day, international conference in the exciting new area of Buddhism, Law and Society will bring together scholars whose work touches on the theme of Buddhism and law from multiple perspectives and across a variety of regions and time periods. A key goal of this conference is to encourage new conversations and collaborations among scholars working in different areas.
Themes to be explored include the importance of different versions of the original Buddhist law codes in Sanskrit, Pali and vernacular sources; the key principles of continuity and discontinuity in the practice of Buddhist law in ancient and modern periods; and the differences in the conceptions and practices of ‘legality’ in monastic and state legal structures.
Participants will address monastic legal practices, the relationships between royal/civil law and Buddhist legal norms, law codes and documents, notions of legality (or harm, property, freedom etc.), the administration of temples and Buddhist sites, contemporary Buddhist legal activism and Buddhist-interest litigation.
All interested parties are welcome to attend. Please contact the managing editor of the journal, Buddhism, Law & Society, at email@example.com, for information on the conference.