UPDATE: Buddhism in America (11/15/05; SW/TX PCA/ACA, 2/7/07-2/10/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Daniel Anderson
contact email: 
andersdg@uidaho.edu

UPDATED CALL FOR PAPERS: BUDDHISM IN AMERICA

ABSTRACTS NOW DUE 15 NOVEMBER 2006

2007 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
Conference

The Dalai Lama is the political leader of the Tibetan
government-in-exile and the spiritual leader of the Tibetan form of
Buddhism. He is also a literary phenomenon in the United States. What
is the relationship between traditional Buddhist literary production,
philosophy, and practice, and capitalism? In some ways might Buddhism
itself be a “bestseller” in America, a product for consumption—and if
so, what is being disseminated through this transaction, and how? What
is lost or gained in the transaction or the translation? And how does
Buddha Dharma function as a set of moving parts in the machine of
American popular culture, economics, race, or gender?

This panel will inquire into the genealogies of American Buddhisms,
assuming multiplicity, and examining the construction of traditions and
identities in the context of the prevailing capitalist regime, and the
role of Buddhist practices in the American family, workplace,
therapist’s office, retreat center, urban Dharma center—and social and
political action.

Direct a 100-word abstract (attachments in MS Word are acceptable), or
your inquiries, to Daniel Gustav Anderson at andersdg_at_uidaho.edu, or:

Anderson
Department of English
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 441102
Moscow, ID 83844-1102

The conference will take place February 7-10, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency
in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico.

All travel and registration links on our website have now been updated
for 2007, and new areas have been added.

http://www.h-net.org/~swpca/index.html

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