CALL FOR PAPERS
on the theme of
Jodo Shinshu in the 21st Century
As we approach the fourth decade of the 21st century Jodo Shinshu is present in every single continent and can be rightfully called a global religion. Although rooted in its Japanese origins, the teaching of Shinran is increasingly embraced by many individuals from many social, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Technological, social and political developments are also crucially affecting the individual and organizational practices of Jodo Shinshu, not only in Japan and the Japanese diaspora, but among non-Japanese members, especially in Europe, Asia and America.
The aim of this conference is to analyse and discuss the challenges faced by Jodo Shinshu in the present and near future, both at the personal and community levels. How can the teaching of Shinran be shared with people of non-Japanese backgrounds or presented to Japanese and Japanese-descendants with little or no knowledge of Jodo Shinshu?
What role does cultural and linguistic translation play in the dissemination of the teaching? How is Jodo Shinshu relevant to our socially and politically turbulent times? In which way is the widespread use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) redefining the ways in which individuals and sanghas practice and live Jodo Shinshu?
We invite paper presentations on any of the above issues or on any other subject directly related to the future of Jodo Shinshu.
Applicants must first submit an abstract of their presentation to the conference organizers before the deadline of Feb 15th 2018.
Following assessment by the ESC19 paper selection committee applicants will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of their proposal no later than 15th March 2018.
Grant Application Forms for completion and submission to the IABC in Kyoto, Japan will be made available as a download from the ESC19 updates websites on 16th March 2018.
The deadline for grant applications is 16th April 2018.
The IABC Board of directors and the Examining Committee will check the validity of the applications and inform applicants of their decision around the end of May in 2018.
Those participants whose abstracts are selected must submit their full-paper drafts to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th June 2018.
The time allocated for a standard presentation at ESC19 is 40min. This permits the delivery of a talk of about 30min duration, followed by a 10min Q&A session. Therefore, papers should have a word count of between 3,000 and 4,000 words, and run to no more than 10/12 pages.
As a guide, it takes about 25min to deliver a talk consisting of 3,000 words, and 4,000 words fills about 30mins. Time for Q&A will not be extended to compensate for any 'talk-time' over-run.