CALL FOR PAPERS: Our Buddhist University and the Role of Intellectualism in our Studies

Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Universities
Call for Papers: JIABU, Vol. X, 2017
“Our Buddhist University and the Role of Intellectualism in our Studies”

The International Association of Buddhist Universities would like to make this general call for papers on the theme: “Our Buddhist University and the Role of Intellectualism in our Studies”. At the International Association of Buddhist Universities, we have the following Vision, Mission and Goals:

IABU Vision:
• Motivate future generations to gain and apply profound understanding of the Buddhadhamma in every aspect of life
• Raise the quality of scholarly work within Buddhist Studies and across other academic endeavors
• Contribute to meeting the challenges that face human society worldwide

IABU Mission:
• Support and collaborate with members to ensure humanity can benefit from the richness and variety of the multi-dimensional Buddhist traditions
• Provide a framework towards better understanding diverse policies and activities
• Collaborate in administration, teaching, research and outreach
• Recognize each other’s qualifications

IABU Goals:
• Propagate the Buddhadhamma through collaborative academic channels
• Eliminate Buddhist sectarian, national, and institutional barriers
• Raise the academic standards throughout the Buddhist world
• Maximize academic potentials and abilities

Toward these perspectives, our call for papers on the theme of our Buddhist universities and the role of intellectualism in our programs designed for students is very relevant for our modern monastic and civilian students. Papers should be articulated to be instructional and educational, asking and answering:
In your Buddhist University or Buddhist Studies Program, what is the role of intellectualism within your program? How is intellectualism promoted or prohibited? Some professors promote critical thinking skills within their studies, some professors ensure their students are better prepared for future endeavors – what are your contributions to Buddhist Studies? How have you made the genre of Buddhist Studies a better place for everyone, your students and any lasting legacy? What are other Buddhist universities or programs doing for the benefit of the academic genre of Buddhist Studies – do they have liberal learning curriculum where students can select their own courses or must they participate in a set program, which cannot be deviated from where students must learn the same thing, in the same style – where creativity is frowned upon?
Moreover, the MANUSYA, Journal of Humanities (2001) from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, published a volume on: “Cultural Implications of Critical Thinking”, edited by Soraj Hongladarom – contents can now be viewed here: What relevance do the contents of this journal have for Buddhist Studies, and the genre of Buddhist Critical Thinking Skills or Buddhist Analytical Tools? Does the Tipitaka promote critical-inquiry – allowing us to design tools to improve intellectualism within Buddhist Studies? Who has done the pioneering work in the genre of Buddhist Studies? What contributions have you made to Buddhism and for Buddhist Studies? Previously, in 2013, the IABU published a journal on Buddhist Critical Thinking Skills, and it has generated over five-thousand views and downloads. It is the most popular edition of the journal, but has Buddhist Studies been transformed in any way? - for the link to that edition.
Additional ideas to consider for the volume, may include: what are the Buddhist critical thinking skills (identify them from material sourced in the Tipitaka) and compare these tools against ideas from other philosophers. What tools from who offer more penetrative insights into the phenomena needed to be studied? After a presentation or demonstration of the Buddhist analytical tools are made, papers can discuss alternative constructs from other religious or philosophical fields and from the sciences, the realm of education or intellectual development studies in the medical field. Which tools provide a better value for raising or increasing intellectualism amongst students within Buddhist Studies?

Basic Guidelines for the Academic Articles:
• 10-12 pages, single spaced
• Font size 12
• Font: Times EXT Roman (needed for Pāli diacritic markings)
• Use Footnotes, not Endnotes.
• Use the reference system of your preference.

Therefore, the International Association of Buddhist Universities would like to Call for Papers on the theme of “Our Buddhist University and the Role of Intellectualism in our Studies”. Papers should address the theme, as suggested from above, and usage of the existing scholarship on Buddhist Critical Thinking Skills (i.e.: JIABU, Vol. IV, and other pioneering or derivative scholarship) is highly encouraged.

Deadline for submissions: 24 February 2017
E-mail questions and final papers to the IABU Manager:
Papers will be peer-reviewed and published (by Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University Press) as soon as possible, following the deadline and administrative procedures.

In short, encourage your university president, dean of department, director of program, associates, friends and other scholars to write on: Our Buddhist University and the Role of Intellectualism in our Studies, and the deadline is on 24 February 2017. We encourage papers from all nations and programs within the IABU. Scholars from the same university may wish to collaborate on one submission per university, or university department/faculty.


-Dr. Dion Peoples
Manager, IABU Secretariat
Bangkok, Thailand