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LUCIP Colloquium Gendering Buddhist Modernism

Thursday 14 December 2023
Old Observatory
Sterrenwachtlaan 11
2311 GW Leiden

Zoom link to be provided through registration.

For registration, please email Dr. Jingjing Li (j.li@hum.leidenuniv.nl)

The workshop is organized by Leiden Center for Intercultural Philosophy (LUCIP), with the support of The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), and the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

This colloquium explores how to use gender/sex as a category for expanding the discourse of Buddhist modernism. Current narratives of Buddhist modernism revolve around several gender-neutral binaries, such as that of the traditional and the modern, the secular and the religious, the scientific and the superstitious, the immanent and the transcendent, the global and the local, etc. Such an approach does not fully explain the concrete concerns of Buddhist women (lay or monastic) who have lived through Buddhist modernism at the intersections of these binary forces together with their gender, sexuality, economic status, and socio-cultural background. Bringing scholars from philosophy, social history and Buddology, the colloquium thus has a twofold purpose. Critically, the colloquium reflects upon the gender-neutral approach and revisit its limitations. And constructively, participants will rediscover marginalized voices, unexamined concepts, and overlooked commentaries to diversify the discursive resources in Buddhist modernism.


Stephen Harris (Leiden)

Berthe Jansen (Leiden)

Rongdao Lai (McGill University)

Jingjing Li (Leiden University)

Jue Liang (Case Western Reserve University)

Fan Lin (Leiden University)

Doreen Müller (Leiden)

Sherice Ngaserin Ng Jing Ya (Yale-NUS)

Xingyi Wang (Hong Kong Polytechnic)

Jessica X. Zu (University of Southern California)



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