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The Network was founded in 2014 by Gregory Adam Scott and Naomi Appleton. We collate and circulate information about relevant events across the University, and organise two annual public lectures as well as work-in-progress workshops and networking events. To join the network or to find out more please contact Gregory or Naomi.

On this page we aim to provide announcements about news and events related to Asian Religions here in Edinburgh. To view a full calendar of events click here.

Autumn 2016 Asian Religions lectures and seminars

I have just added details of relevant seminars and lectures happening this semester at the School of Divinity and the Centre for South Asian Studies. Details appear to the right of this page, or you can click through to the Events calendar to see them. Special note should be taken of our annual “Asian Religions: Boundaries, Connections, Identities” lecture, which this year will take place on 2nd November and be given by Dr Carool Kersten (KCL).

Provisional dates and speakers for our two public lectures

I’m pleased to announce that we have secured two excellent speakers for our public lectures this coming academic year.

On Wednesday 2nd November, Dr Carool Kersten (King’s College London), an expert in Indonesian Islam, will give the Asian Religions: Boundaries, Connections and Identities lecture, which this year is supported by the Spalding Trust.

On Wednesday 5th April, Prof Bernard Faure (Columbia University) will give the Khyentse Lecture in Buddhist Studies.

Dates are provisional at present, and titles and further details will be announced in due course.

Two annual public lectures to be inaugurated this year

I am delighted to announce that a second annual public lecture has been confirmed, meaning that the Network will inaugurate two this coming academic year.

The 2015 lecture in the series Asian Religions – Boundaries, Connections, Identities will be given by Professor Charles Orzech of Glasgow University on 2nd December 2015 at 5.30pm in the Martin Hall, New College. The lecture is titled ‘Asian Religions and World Religions: Reflections on Taxonomy and the Study of Buddhist Liturgy’ and is free and open to all. Booking is not required.

From the spring of 2016 we will also hold an annual Khyentse Lecture in Buddhist Studies, generously sponsored by the Khyentse Foundation (http://khyentsefoundation.org/). Each year a scholar of Buddhism of international reputation will be invited to give this public lecture, making an area of cutting-edge research in the field accessible to a wide audience. More details will follow.

Both of these lectures speak to the Network’s aims of bringing people together to create, share and enjoy scholarship on Asian Religions, and to raise the profile of this field of study in Edinburgh and beyond.

New Annual Lecture in Asian Religions

We are delighted to announce the inaugural lecture in our new series of public lectures entitled Asian Religions – Boundaries, Connections, Identities.

Professor Charles Orzech of Glasgow University will give a public lecture entitled, ‘Asian Religions and World Religions: Reflections on Taxonomy and the Study of Buddhist Liturgy.’

The event is free to attend and open to all. The lecture will be followed by a reception. More information can be found in the Events listings.

The event is kindly supported by the School of Divinity.