Travel Grants and Other News

We are pleased to announce an extended paper submission deadline of FEBRUARY 15, 2013 for the upcoming conference, “The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures: History, Image, Praxis, Thought” (May 31 – Jun 2, 2013, University of British Columbia). Individual paper and panel proposals on any aspect of pure land thought, from any region of the world or Buddhist tradition, are welcome.

In addition, we are delighted to offer several travel grants for graduate students and young scholars, announce our keynote speakers, and further schedule details.

Travel Grants for Graduate Students and Young Scholars: Several travel packages are available for current graduate students and young scholars (under 40 years of age) without fulltime positions. These packages offer $300-$1,500 (CAN) in travel costs, depending on the distance travelled, and include free accommodation for 3 nights. Eligibility: (1) paper accepted for publication at the conference; (2) enrolled in a graduate program or a young scholar pursuing research without a fulltime position. “Young” is 40 years old and under. However, exceptions are made for those whose research topics make significant and important contributions to the field.

Interested individuals whose papers are accepted may apply for a travel grant by March 15, 2013.  Decisions will be made by March 31. There are two sources of funding for the grants, and if you are selected as recipient of one of the two funds, that of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (IASBS), you will be asked to register as member of IASBS by April 15, 2013.  (Student membership fee is waived for all first year, and from the second year, the fees are US$20 outside Japan or 2,000 yen in Japan.) Special thanks for the generous donation of travel funds for IASBS members by Rev. and Mrs. Shodo Baba of Chiba, Japan. And, special thanks to The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, for travel funds for presenters from other scholarly associations.

Keynote Speakers: Profs. Georgios Halkias (Visiting Associate Researcher, Oxford University), a specialist of Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhism, and Masahiro Shimoda (Professor, Tokyo University), a specialist of Indian and Mahayana Buddhism, will deliver the keynote addresses.

Schedule: Registration will open in the mid-afternoon of Friday, May 31, and the first panels and keynote, in the late afternoon and evening. The conference will close in the afternoon of Sunday, June 2, and dinner provided for those able to join. *All lunches and dinners are included in the registration fee.

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