Henry Luce Foundation Grant Spotlight: The Theravada Civilizations Project

In 2009 ASU’s Juliane Schober and Steve Collins, a scholar of Pali and Sanskrit at theUniversity of Chicago, developed the idea for a project that would bring together scholars from differentS Collins North Thailand Fieldtrip_0889 fields and institutions “to formulate a comparative and multidisciplinary understanding of Theravada Buddhism.” In 2010, Arizona State University received a three-year grant from the Foundation’s Asia Program to support the “Theravada Civilizations Project.”

The centerpiece of the project has been a series of annual conferences, hosted by the University of Toronto (2012), Arizona State University (2013), and the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient center in Chiang Mai, Thailand (2014).This grant was extended in 2015 for another three years allowing for conferences at King’s College, London  and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London (2016) and Arizona State University (2016). Read more »

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