AAS 2018 Annual Conference

March 22-25 | Washington, D.C.

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Deadline for Receipt of All Proposals is August 8, 2017.

Deadline to submit post for this forum is July 31, 2017

The AAS has provided below a forum for individual seeking assistance in connection with submitting a session proposal.

How to use the forum:

If you have a session you would like to propose and need a few more individual to participate - click the Sessions Organizers seeking Participants forum. Next, click 'Add a Topic' or reply to a posted topic

If you are an individual and would like to participate on a session in Washington, D.C. but do not have enough contacts to form a session proposal, click Participants Seeking Sessions. Next, click 'Add a Topic' or reply to a posted topic.

Please make sure to include the following information:

  1. Your name, affiliation and how you would like to be contacted.
  2. The topic of your proposed session or the topic of your paper
  3. The geographic area of study that best represents this topic

Important note for anyone using this forum.  Posting session or paper information here is not a substitution to submitting a formal proposal using the online application form.  It is your responsibility to make sure the organizer of a session receives the information requested and/or your responsibility to ensure the information is submitted in a timely manner.

"Refuge" and "Refugees"
Last Post 20 Jul 2017 05:17 PM by Christina Kilby. 0 Replies.
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20 Jul 2017 05:17 PM
    I am seeking presenters for a panel examining diverse South Asian constructions of "refuge" and "the refugee." As the global refugee crisis looms larger than ever, with an estimated 65 million people forcibly displaced today (UNHCR), this is a compelling moment to examine how the communities and texts we study have understood the category of "refugee," particularly as a category that is created and deployed by states, and to add these discourses to the western conversation on refugees and humanitarian ethics.

    My paper will be on "Refugees, the State, and the South Asian 'Gift of Fearlessness,' " in which I'll explore how the South Asian concept of "the gift of fearlessness" intersects with Tibetan Buddhist conceptions of refuge and the ethical duties of Buddhist states (esp. in Bhutan). I have another interested presenter whose focus is also India/Tibet. If you would like to join us but your research on refugees falls outside South Asia, please get in touch nonetheless; we can expand our scope if needed.

    I hope to hear from you soon at kilbyca@jmu.edu.

    Christina Kilby
    Assistant Professor of Religion (Buddhism)
    James Madison University
    Harrisonburg, VA U.S.A.
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