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Buddhist Statecraft in East Asia: A Conference of Storytellers

February 10, 2017 @ 12:00 am - February 13, 2017 @ 5:00 pm



This conference will bring together twenty-five scholars from Canada, the US, China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Vietnam in order to engage in an interdisciplinary and comparative study of Buddhist statecraft, which will include historians, anthropologists, textual scholars, and art historians. Through the medium of storytelling, the paper presenters will explore how Buddhism has been an important means of securing imperial legitimization and political power, as well as an effective partner in the running of a state, since its arrival in China in the third century of the Common Era and subsequent spread to the rest of East Asia. As such, the conference will also illuminate, explore, and challenge the role that Chinese culture has played in the development of East Asian political and religious systems in general.

The event is open to the scholarly community at large; however, if you plan to attend please register at the link below to ensure adequate space for all attendees. If you are interested in attending the conference via video-conference, please contact Stephanie Balkwill (buddhiststatecraft@gmail.com).

Attire: Business Casual

Open to the public

Cost of the event: Free

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February 10, 2017 @ 12:00 am
February 13, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


University of Southern California, Los Angeles
University Park Campus - USC
Los Angeles, CA 90007 United States
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