Department of Art and Art History Calendar

Symposium: Buddhism and Place-Making in Sri Lanka

sitting buddha sculpture made out of stone and crossed with shadow
Buddhism and Place-Making in Sri Lanka

This symposium will consider what can be revealed about processes and even agents when we attend closely to changes in various types of evidence. What might changes suggest about desires of self-fashioning or the promotion of certain aspects of Buddhist practice, and what does all this reflect about the prominence of the Buddhist identity of Sri Lanka, past and present?

Visiting scholars include:

Stephen Berkwitz, Religious Studies, Missouri State University
Anne Blackburn, Dept. of Asian Studies, Cornell University
Sven Bretfield, Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Phillip Friedrich, Dept. of Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Charlie Hallisey, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Kellie Powell, Dept. of Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Jonathan Spencer, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
Jagath Weerasinghe, Director, Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, Colombo

This symposium is sponsored by South Asia Institute, with support from the Departments of Religious Studies, Asian Studies and Art & Art History.