P19
Women and Buddhism in the arts of Southeast Asia

Convenors:
Angela Chiu (SOAS, University of London)
Chair:
Angela Chiu (SOAS)
Discussant:
Justin McDaniel (University of Pennsylvania)
Location:
1. Salle de cours rez-de-jardin MAE
Start time:
8 July, 2015 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel explores the roles of the female and attitudes towards the female as reflected in Buddhist art in Southeast Asia.

Long abstract:

The academic study of Buddhism has tended to focus on the monastic and the patriarchal and devoted less attention to the lay and the feminine dimensions of the religion. This panel seeks to highlight new research on the representation of the female and/or the various roles of women, as donors, worshippers, artists, and objects of worship and as the bearers or symbols of values and concepts. The panel aims to explore the topic of 'women and Buddhism' in a broad sense, inviting papers on any aspect of the roles of the female and attitudes towards the female as reflected in Buddhist art from across the region in both historical and contemporary times.