Keynote Speakers

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Georgios Halkias and Masahiro Shimoda

We are excited to announce our two keynote speakers for “The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures” conference, May 31-June 2, 2013 Conference. Dr. Georgios Halkias and Dr. Masahiro Shimoda are esteemed scholars in the field of Buddhist studies and UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program is honored to be hosting them this summer.

halkias1-120Dr. Georgios Halkias is currently a Visiting Associate Researcher at Oxford University where he specializes in the research of Tibetan Budhism, the transmission of Buddhism to Tibet, and Himalayan history and culture. He received his DPhil in Oriental Studies (Tibetan and Himalayan Studies) in 2006 at the University of Oxford and has carried out extensive fieldwork in India and Nepal. A list of recent publications from Dr. Halkias is available on his faculty profile.

shimoda1-120Dr. Masahiro Shimoda is currently a Professor in Indian philosophy and Buddhist studies at the University of Tokyo. He is also the president of Japanese Association for Digital Humanities established in 2011. In 2010 Dr. Shimoda launched a government-funded, multi-nodal, and global project to build a digitized database of Buddhist resources. Links to recent publications from Dr. Shimoda are available here.

We invite submissions for the conference, both individual abstracts and panel proposals (deadline extended until February 15, 2013). Selected presenters will be notified in late February. Registration is now open for regular attendees online. Please visit our website for updates and information on our conference. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this event, we can be reached at

We look forward to welcoming you in Vancouver!