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Fall Term 2017



Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5-7 pm
Why does the Dalai Lama say he is "Son of Nālandā"?
Robert Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Department of Religion, Columbia University
The inaugural ISAS-VSB Lecture on Religion in the Modern World
Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

For more information: http://events.berkeley.edu/?event_ID=106141&date=2017-10-18&tab=all_events



Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5pm
40 Years of Documenting Asian Art: from Alchi to Angkor
Jaroslav Poncar, Emeritus Professor of Photography, University of Cologne
180 Doe Memorial Library

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Professor Emeritus of Technical University Cologne, Dr. Jaroslav Poncar looks back upon nearly four decades of photographically documenting Buddhist monuments in the Himalayan region—notably Alchi in Ladakh, Tabo in Spiti, and Mustang in Nepal—and at Angkor Wat and elsewhere in Southern Asia. In this talk Dr. Poncar will reflect on his rich oeuvre, discuss the challenges of photographing particular sites and the technical solutions adopted, and also ponders on the ways in which digital photography has impacted this work.

Born in Prague in 1945, Jaroslav Poncar has lived in Cologne since 1973, where he served as professor in the Department of Imaging Sciences, Technical University, Cologne. Besides Africa and Arabia, his photographic projects have taken him to Southern and Central Asia, especially to the Western Himalayas, Tibet, India, Burma, Cambodia and Afghanistan. Between 1996 and 2005 he was in charge of the photographic documentation of Angkor Wat and served as co-director of the German Apsara Conservation Project at Angkor Wat. After his retirement in July 2010 he was contracted for a year to photographically document the cultural heritage of Afghanistan, and since 2015 he has been part of a project documenting the manuscripts and material culture of monasteries in the Tibetan kingdom of Mustang in Nepal.

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510.643.5104




Friday, December 1, 2017, 3–6:30 pm
Toshihide Numata Book Award Presentation and Symposium
David Brower Center, Goldman Theater
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

The Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism is awarded on an annual basis to an outstanding book or books in the area of Buddhist studies. The selection is made by an external committee that is appointed annually. This year's winner is Professor Jacqueline Stone (Princeton University) for her book: Right Thoughts at the Last Moment: Buddhism and Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan (Kuroda Institute Studies in East Asian Buddhism, University of Hawaii Press, 2016).

Program (details TBA):
3:10 – Introductory Remarks and Award Presentation
3:30 – Keynote by Jacqueline Stone, Princeton University
4:30 – Coffee/tea Break
4:45 – Symposium with James Benn (McMaster University), Gregory Schopen (UCLA), and Mark Blum (UC Berkeley).

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510.643.5104




Thursday, February 15, 2018, 5 pm
Title TBA
Erez Joskovich, Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellow in Japanese Buddhism, UC Berkeley
180 Doe Memorial Library

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510.643.5104




Thursday-Sunday, March 22-25, 2018
Conceptuality and Nonconceptuality in Buddhist Philosophy workshop
Toll Room, Alumni House

Paper presenters:
Dan Arnold (University of Chicago)
Christian Coseru (College of Charleston)
John Dunne (University of Wisconsin)
Jay Garfield (Smith College)
Sonam Kachru (University of Virginia)
Birgit Kellner (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Ching Keng (National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
Catherine Prueitt (George Mason University)
Robert Sharf (UC Berkeley)
Mark Siderits (Illinois State University)
Evan Thompson (University of British Columbia)
Roy Tzohar (Tel Aviv University)

Respondents:
Bronwyn Finnigan (Australian National University)
Susanna Siegel (Harvard University)
Koji Tanaka (Australian National University)

Download the abstracts here

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510.643.5104