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Amy Langenberg: “On Reading Buddhist Vinaya: Feminist History, Hermeneutics, and Translating Women's Bodies"

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM CT

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Graduate Students

Contact: Joshua Shelton  

Group: The Khyentse Foundation Buddhist Studies Lecture Series

Category: Academic


Amy Paris Langenberg is an associate professor in the Religious Studies Department at Eckerd College. She is a specialist in classical South Asian Buddhism with a focus on monasticism, gender, sexuality, and the body. She also conducts ethnographic research on contemporary Buddhist feminisms, contemporary female Buddhist monasticism, and, more recently, sexual abuse in American Buddhism. She is currently interested in how notions of agency, autonomy, freedom, and consent function in contemporary religious communities, and the role of affect, the body, and emotion in religious life. Professor Langenberg’s monograph, Birth in Buddhism: The Suffering Fetus and Female Freedom was published by Routledge in 2017 as part of Critical Studies in Buddhism series (read review). In addition, she has published articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, History of Religions, Religions, Religion Compass, and the Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Ethics. Her current project is a collaborative book on generative responses to sexual abuse in American Buddhism, to be co-written with Ann Gleig (University of Central Florida) and published with Yale University Press. Professors Gleig and Langenberg recently received a Henry H. Luce Foundation Award for this research project. You can read more about Professor Langeberg and her work here.

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