The Organising Committee for ISAANZ 25, scheduled to be held in Auckland in December, regrets to advise that due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 the conference has been postponed until the middle of 2021.
We will be announcing the new confirmed dates and additional information about the conference in coming weeks. The Organising Committee looks forward to the opening of trans-Tasman travel and welcoming ISAANZ members to Auckland next year.
Malcolm Cambell ISAANZ 25 Organising Committee
Melbourne Seminar Series News
MISS Goes Online
We are back, online and excited to share our new line up of speakers with you.
Given the current situation in Melbourne, we have decided to proceed with online seminars for semester 2, 2020. These will be held via zoom and we are delighted to be able to announce that we have some great international speakers organised.
The first of these is on 1st September with Prof. Brian Bocking, University College Cork will be joining us. The seminar will start at 6.30pm Eastern Standard Time Melbourne; (9.30am Dublin time)
A long-lost canvas: early Irish Buddhists in Melbourne
Brian Bocking, Emeritus Professor of the Study of Religions, University College Cork
Thousands of fragments of information, loose ends, straight fabrications and apparent contradictions have provided a research window into hitherto unsuspected Buddhist links between Ireland and Australia (and many other places) around the turn of the twentieth century. Through ten years of collaborative research, Alicia Turner (Toronto), Laurence Cox (Maynooth), Brian Bocking (Cork) and Shin’ichi Yoshinaga (Kyoto) have painstakingly reconstructed the careers of Dhammaloka and Charles Pfoundes, two of the most significant international Buddhist pioneers of their time yet entirely lost to history until now. Through the lives of these two remarkable Irish Buddhists I will consider how collaborative research using new digital humanities tools and resources unavailable in the twentieth century has made it possible to overturn traditional ‘top down’ colonial narratives, trace these forgotten figures across multiple countries and continents, rewrite the early history of the ‘global Buddhism’ we see today and cast new light on the variety and influence of Irish religiosity.
Brian Bocking moved from SOAS to University College Cork in 2008 to head up Ireland’s first Study of Religions Department. With Alicia Turner and Laurence Cox he has just published The Irish Buddhist: the Forgotten Monk who Faced Down the British Empire.