South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Buddhism and Place-Making in Sri Lanka

Fri, April 21, 2017 | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

5th century fresco at Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
5th century fresco at Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

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.

Friday, April 21, 3-6 p.m.

Welcome and introduction: Janice Leoshko, UT Austin

3:15- 4:00 p.m., Jonathan Spencer, University of Edinburgh

The politics of Buddhist place-making in colonial and post-colonial Sri Lanka

4:00- 4:45 p.m., Jagath Weerasinghe, Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, Colombo

‘Solosmahasthana’ Pilgrimage and the Spiritual Landscape of Sri Lanka

4:45- 5:30 p.m., Janice Leoshko, UT Austin

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy and the Dynamics of Sri Lanka and Buddhism

5:30- 6:00 p.m. Discussant: Charles Hallisey, Harvard University

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute, Department of Religious Studies, Asian Studies, History, and Art & Art History

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