Performing Theravāda: A Workshop at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Venue: Rabin building, Mt. Scopus, room 3001
Dates: June 19-21, 2022

Open to the general public.



Sunday, June 19

10:00 – 10:10  Opening Remarks, Eviatar Shulman

10:10 – 12:10  Maria Heim (Amherst College): Anti-Essentialism Pali-Style (and its entailments for the study of emotions)

12:30 – 12:45  Greeting: Prof. Nissim Otmazgin, Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities

Prof. Michal Biran, Head of the Institute for Asian and African Studies

12:45 -13:45  Trent Walker (Stanford University): Theravada Chant as Musical Performance: Making Meaning through Rhythm, Pitch, and Melody. Session 1 – Rhythm

Lunch Break

15:15 – 16:00  Odeya Eshel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): From Canon to Atthakatha – The Story of the Buddha’s Visit to Kapilavatthu

16:15 – 18:30  Charles Hallisey (Harvard Divinity School): Violence, Peacemaking, and Performing Theravada

Respondent: Jonathan Spencer (University of Edinburgh)


Monday, June 20

10:00 – 11:10  Sarah Shaw (Oxford Centre of Buddhist Studies): Is Buddhist Oral Literature Literature?

11:10 – 12:20  Nathan McGovern (University of Wisconsin): Putting Oral Theory to Work in the Study of Early Buddhist Sutras: The Iti Pi So Formula Across and Within Buddhist Traditions

12:40 – 13:40 Trent Walker (Stanford University): Session 2 – Pitch

Lunch Break

15:00 – 15:45  Aviran Ben-David (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): From Lists of Precepts to Mental Development: The Various Interpretations of Sila in the Early Discourses and Pali Commentaries.

15:45 – 16:55  Aleix Ruiz-Falques (Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Shan State Buddhist University): What is Pali Prose and was it to be Performed?

17:10 – 18:20  Eviatar Shulman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Performing Theravada, from Storytelling to Meditation.

19:00     Dinner


Tuesday, June 21

10:00 – 11:10  Amy Langenberg (Eckerd College): The Performance of Sexual Consent in Parajika I of the Bhiksuni-vinaya, and in Contemporary Buddhist Communities in North America

11:10 – 12:00  Yael Shiri (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Performing, Interpreting, Advocating, Composing- a consideration of the role of the vinayadhara

12:10 – 13:10  Trent Walker (University of Stanford): Session 3 -Melody

Lunch Break

14:40 – 15:00  Shani Goldfrad (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Speech, Body and Performance in Early Buddhist Thought

15:00 – 16:10  Daniel Stuart (University of South Carolina): Local Cure, Global Chant: Performing Theravadic Awakening in the Footsteps of Ledi Sayadaw

16:30 – 17:40  Kate Crosby (King’s College, London): TBA

17:45-18:30 Concluding discussion


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