The Tung Lin Kok Yuen conference Visualizing and Performing Buddhist Worlds will take place at the University of Toronto Scarborough from November 2-4, 2007. It will be a significant international conference encouraging interdisciplinary discourse on religion, performance, visual culture, and art, seeking to understand how Buddhist worlds, broadly conceived, are produced through practices of and related to visualization.
Conference Panels Include:
Other Worlds: Approaches to Buddhist Visual and Performance Cultures
Ideal Worlds: Mandala as Image and Practice
Textual Worlds: Printing, Reading, Reciting
Spatial Worlds: Vision and the Art of the Buddhist Cave Temple
Pictorial Worlds: Visibility and Representation in Buddhist Art
Remembered Worlds: Where Past and Present Collide
The conference will include two keynote lectures which will be open and free to the public. The first will feature Prof. Eugene Wang (Harvard) speaking about “Buddhist Art as Mental Theater: How Was Repentance Pictured in Medieval China?” The second keynote will feature Prof. Phyllis Granoff speaking about “Seeing and Believing: Changing Perceptions in Buddhist Visual Culture.” For details of times and location, please see the conference website.
In conjunction with the conference, several special Art events have also been planned. These include the World Premiere of "Re-incarnation," an exhibit of contemporary Buddhist art curated by Zheng Shengtian, and a special display of a new work "The Reservoir" by contemporary artist Will Kwan.
For complete conference schedule and more information about the public events, please see our conference website at: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/buddhistconference
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