Northwestern Events Calendar

Oct
22
2018

Ben Schonthal: At the Seams of Saṅgha and State: Legal Pluralism and Buddhist Monasticism in Contemporary Sri Lanka.

When: Monday, October 22, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

Where: Scott Hall, 212, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Gina Giliberti  

Group: Global Politics and Religion Research Group

Category: Academic

Description:

Contrary to popular stereotypes, Buddhist monks do not live in separate, cloistered worlds sealed off from government lawmaking and courts. Buddhist monks (like most people) live in a complex situation of legal pluralism. This talk examines this legal pluralism—and polemical arguments about it—through the vantage point of a particular crisis that has dominated Sri Lanka’s newspapers over the last few months involving the imprisonment of a famous Buddhist monk.

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