Anne M. Blackburn (Cornell University)
submitted: Mon, 2 Sep 2002 11:29:03 -0400
Anne M. Blackburn
Assistant Professor of South Asia
Department of Asian Studies
388 Rockefeller Hall, Ithaca NY 14853-2502 USA
Description of work:
My teaching focuses on the religious traditions of Southern Asia
and Southeast Asia, with particular attention to the Buddhist
traditions of Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. Research interests include:
Buddhism and/under colonialism; problems of
modernity/modernization/multiple modernities; monasticism/monastic institutions;
Buddhist education; Buddhist textual practice (including
print use); commentarial texts and preaching guides; Buddhist literature
in Sinhala and Pali.
2001 Buddhist Learning and Textual Practice in Eighteenth-century
Lankan Monastic Culture. Princeton University Press.
1999 "Looking for the Vinaya: Monastic Discipline in the Practical
Canons of the Theravada." Journal of the International Association of
Buddhist Studies. Vol. 22, No. 2: 281-309.
"Magic in the Monastery: Textual Practice and Monastic Identity in Sri
Lanka." History of Religions. Vol. 38, No. 4, 354-372.
Book Review. Old Wisdom in the New World. Paul Numrich.
Crossroads. Vol. 12.
1997 "Sutra Sannayas and Saranamkara: Changes In Eighteenth-
Century Buddhist Education." The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities.
Vol. 23, Nos. 1-2, 76-99.
1993 "Religion, Kinship and Buddhism: Ambedkar's Vision of a Moral
Community." Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies.
Vol. 16, No. 1, 1-23.
Forthcoming. Approaching the Dhamma: Essays on Buddhism in South and
Southeast Asia in Honor of Godwin Samararatne, ed. Anne M. Blackburn and
Jeffrey Samuels. BPS Pariyatti Editions.
"Notes on Sri Lankan Temple Manuscript Collections." Journal of the Pali
Text Society. Vol. 27.
"Localizing Lineage: Importing Higher Ordination in Theravadin South and
Southeast Asia." In Constituting Communities: Theravada Buddhism and the
Religious Cultures of South and Southeast Asia, ed. John Holt, Jonathan
Walters and Jacob Kinnard. State University of New York Press.
"Buddhism, Colonialism and Modernism: A View From Sri Lanka." Netra.
Colombo: International Centre for Ethnic Studies.
"Serendipity and Sadness." In Excursions and Explorations: Cultural
Encounters Between the United States and Sri Lanka, ed. Tissa Jayatilleke.
Print Pack Limited (Colombo).
(Key words: Theravada Buddhism, Buddhist education, monasticism,
modernism, printing, Buddhist revival, commentary, preaching,
Buddhism and colonialism, Protestant Buddhism, Sri Lanka, Pali Canon,
monastic lineage, Buddhist historiography, ethnicity, linguistic politics,
Sinhala, Tamil, upasampada, Southeast Asia, Buddhsit manuscripts,
Sanskrit, Pali Suttas, Buddhist ritual, Buddhist meditation,
Buddhism and psychology, Ambedkar, Dalit Buddhism, engaged Buddhism,
Buddhism in America, Buddhism in the diaspora, immigrant Buddhism,