"Buddhist Studies: Past, Present, Future" with Lewis Lancaster

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Defining Buddhist Studies has become more difficult as disciplinary structures are being questioned for relevance and accountability. In this lecture, Lewis Lancaster – professor emeritus at University of California Berkeley East Asian Languages Department – delves into questions like: Where should Buddhism be studied in a time when the literature is filled with "obituaries" of established practices and institutions? How important is it for the field to become a clearly mapped knowledge "territory?" Is it possible to conceive of an approach between scholars that is collabora­tive and even interdependent? Can knowledge produced in the context of application within the digital realm be accepted? This event was part of the Buddhist Studies Lecture Series sponsored by the UA College of Humanities, East Asian Studies, Religious Studies, School of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Confluencenter.