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The interdisciplinary course explores Buddhism through the analysis of religious conditions and practice of Buddhist women in various regional contexts, and in both the pre-modern and modern period.
The course starts with theoretical and methodological reflections on the intersection of religion and gender studies. The course continues exploring the meaning of “feminine” in Buddhism, and analyse the past and present roles of women in Buddhism as well as women’s contributions to the development of Buddhist institutions and rituals.
Besides the study of religious ideas, practice and rituals, the course will deal with social-history, fine arts, literature and films.

Topics of seminars:

1.Mapping the Topic

2.Theories and Methods
a. Methodologies
b. Literature of the field

3. Women in Buddhism: traditional and textual views
a. Doctrinal views
b. Main texts and textual arguments
c. Position of women in Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana areas

4. Women in Buddhism: female deities
a. Demonizing or worshipping the feminine?
b. Female Bodhisattvas and deities

5. Women in Buddhism: situation in contemporary Asia and in the West
a. Buddhist women in contemporary South Asia, East Asia, and South East Asia
b. Buddhist women in Western countries

6. Women in Buddhism: representations in visual culture
a. Literature
b. Fine arts
c. Films

Laatst gewijzigd:29 maart 2016 16:20