[Buddha-l] RE: Proposal deadline extended for STS Conference

Charles D. Orzech CDORZECH cdorzech at uncg.edu
Wed May 4 08:25:05 MDT 2005


Please post this conference call notice.


Charlie Orzech

Charles D. Orzech
Associate Professor
Department of Religious Studies
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC  27402-6170
336 334-4927




The Society for Tantric Studies invites papers for its next conference, to
be held in Flagstaff, Arizona from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October
2, 2005.  The Society for Tantric Studies (STS), founded in 1985, is a
forum of exchange for scholars engaged in the academic study of Tantra both
in its traditional Asian contexts and more recently in diverse global
manifestations.  The conference provides an opportunity for scholars to
collaborate across traditional boundaries of religious traditions (e.g.,
Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism), present-day nation-states and geography
(e.g., India, Tibet, China, Japan), and academic disciplines (e.g., history
of religions, anthropology, art history, linguistics, sociology).  Above
all, the STS is committed to critical and creative inquiry.  It is not an
advocacy forum for Tantric practice and neither endorses nor prohibits
particular approaches to either the study or the practice of Tantra.
Consequently, only scholars with doctorates  in related academic
disciplines (such as Religion, Asian Studies, Sociology, Psychology,
Anthropology, Art, History, Philosophy ,or Women’s Studies) researching
and/or teaching in relevant areas of Tantric Studies are eligible to
present, attend, and/or participate in the conference.  Graduate students
in advanced standing in any of these disciplines are also encouraged to
present and attend the conference.

We invite fully formed panels and individual papers.  Proposals should be
no longer than 1,000 words.  Abstracts should be no longer than 150 words.
In addition, participants should include a CV (maximum 2 pages) and a brief
statement explaining what they hope to get from attending the conference.
Hardcopy printouts of proposals, abstracts, and CVs should be sent to:
Glen A. Hayes, Dept. of Religion, Bloomfield College, 467 Franklin Street,
Bloomfield, NJ 07003-3425.  Proposals, abstracts, and CVs should also be
sent via email to tantricstudies at gmail.com.  PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED NO

Some of the themes suggested by members of the Society include, but are not
limited to, the following topics:

 Tantra and Power (royal, spiritual, magical)
 Tantra versus Power (subversion, inversion, perversion)
 Tantra and the Arts
 Tantra and Aesthetics
 Tantra, Physiology, and Landscape
 Texts and Translations
 Vaishnava Tantra
 Tantric Metaphors
 Tantric Typologies of Self
 A selected century of Tantra across Asia
 A panel on translation across Asia.
 Discontinuities: which elements/traditions/texts did not “translate” and


The conference and accommodations will be at the lovely Little America
Hotel, situated amidst a pine-forested mountain in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Special conference rates begin at $99 for single or double, and $109. for
triple.  You may visit their website at: www.littleamerica.com/flagstaff/.
A restaurant and coffee shop are located on the premises. Attendees should
fly into Phoenix and either drive up to Flagstaff (approximately 3 hours)
or take a connecting flight into Flagstaff airport.  We recommend staying
for an extra day or two to arrange for visits to the Grand Canyon (2
hours), Sedona (1 hour), and Meteor Crater (1 hour)---among the many local

FEES:  Upon acceptance, attendees will pay a fee of $75 ($35 for graduate
students) to cover conference and STS expenses.

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