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Ph.D. Position
The Department Cultural and Religious History of South Asia invites application for a research position (TVL) starting from autumn term 2017.
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South Asia Institute Papers
Amiya P. Sen: "Hinduism" and the Problem of Self-Actualisation in the Colonial Era
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New Book „Buddhist Modernities: Re-inventing Tradition in the Globalizing Modern World“
Routledge recently published the book "Buddhist Modernities: Re-inventing Tradition in the Globalizing Modern World", jointly edited by Ute Huesken (Professor of the Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia), Hanna Havnevik, Mark Teeuwen, Vladimir Tikhonov and Koen Wellens.
Abstract:
The transformations Buddhism has been undergoing in the modern age have inspired much research over the last decade. The main focus of attention has been the phenomenon known as Buddhist modernism, which is defined as a conscious attempt to adjust Buddhist teachings and practices in conformity with the modern norms of rationality, science, or gender equality. This book advances research on Buddhist modernism by attempting to clarify the highly diverse ways in which Buddhist faith, thought, and practice have developed in the modern age, both in Buddhist heartlands in Asia and in the West. It presents a collection of case studies that, taken together, demonstrate how Buddhist traditions interact with modern phenomena such as colonialism and militarism, the market economy, global interconnectedness, the institutionalization of gender equality, and recent historical events such as de-industrialization and the socio-cultural crisis in post-Soviet Buddhist areas. This volume shows how the (re)invention of traditions constitutes an important pathway in the development of Buddhist modernities and emphasizes the pluralistic diversity of these forms in different settings.

Further information is available here.


24 Apr 2017

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Dienstag, 25.07.2017
The King's Devotion: Rethinking Traditional Forms of Sovereignty in India through Devotional Practice
Zeit: 16:15 Uhr - 17:45 Uhr
Ort: Z10, Im Neuenheimer Feld 330
Referent: Prof. Dr. Caleb Simmons, University of Arizona, USA
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