College of Liberal Arts

Buddhism and Place-Making in Sri Lanka

Saturday Apr 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118)

April 21, 3PM - 6PM and April 22, 10AM - 4PM
Location: Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118)

This symposium focuses on Sri Lanka in order to consider implications of Buddhist place-making. What is revealed about processes and even agents when we attend closely to changes in various types of evidence?  Papers presented by scholars from various disciplines consider what may be gleaned about desires of self-fashioning or the promotion of the Buddhist identity of Sri Lanka, past and present.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Morning session chair, Oliver Freiberger, UT Austin

10:00-10:45 a.m., Anne Blackburn, Cornell University

Footprint Relics and the Changing Geographies of Laṅkā

10:45-11:30 a.m., Stephen C. Berkwitz, Missouri State University

Re-Placing the Bodhi Tree in the Sinhala Bōdhivaṁśaya

11:30-12:15 p.m., Phillip Friedrich, University of Pennsylvania

Arboreal Lineages: The Bodhi Tree and Modes of Elite Belonging in Late Medieval Sri Lanka”

12:15-1:15 p.m., Lunch

Afternoon session chair, Don Davis, UT Austin

1:15-2:00 p.m, Kellie Powell, University of California, Berkeley

Understanding Sri Lankan Tantric-Mahāyāna Through Rituals and Ruins: A Study of the Mañjuśrībhāśitavāstuvidyāśāstra and Sri Lanka’s Pabbata Vihāras

2:00- 2:45 p.m. Sven Bretfeld, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

The Promotion of Theravāda in Lanko-centric Cosmographies

2:45-3:00 p.m., Tea Break 

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Conclusions: Charles Hallisey, Harvard University


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