International Conference: Madhyamaka in South Asia and Beyond

Vienna (August 18–22, 2024)

Deadline: 1 February 2024

Second Circular, August 2023 

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the registration for the conference “Madhyamaka in South Asia and Beyond” will be opening (officially on 1 August 2023). We cordially invite scholars, advanced students, and independent researchers to submit panel proposals, abstracts for panel presentations, and abstracts for individual presentations. Please limit abstracts to 500 words. Panels should consist of no more than six papers.

All presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by a 10-minute discussion period.

You may register and upload abstracts and panel proposals at:

To register, you must fill out each of the three fields marked with an asterisk. Abstracts and panel proposals may be uploaded at a later date. Successful registration will result in you being sent a confirmation email.


  • April 2023 First Circular
  • August 1, 2023 Second Circular, opening of online registration
  • December 15, 2023 Deadline for registration and panel proposals
  • February 1, 2024 Deadline for submission of all paper abstracts
  • May 1, 2024 Third Circular
  • August 18–22, 2024 Conference

Academic Committee 

  • Anne MacDonald • Akira Saito • Dorji Wangchuk • Jan Westerhoff

Organizing Committee 

  • Thomas Kintaert • Anne MacDonald • Alexandra Wedekind


  • A list of hotels near the conference venue will be posted on the conference webpage in the next few months and announced in the Third Circular.

Please direct all communication pertaining to the conference to the organizer:

Dr. Anne MacDonald (

Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, Austrian Academy of Sciences,

Georg-Coch-Platz 2 1010 Vienna, Austria

Postal address: Dr. Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna, Austria

From the First Circular: 

Scholarly engagement with the Madhyamaka tradition has greatly intensified in recent decades, in part due to the discovery of Sanskrit manuscripts of seminal Indian Madhyamaka works as well as of previously unavailable Tibetan scholastic treatises that chart the reception of pertinent Indian Buddhist doctrines. The flurry of publications resulting from philological and philosophical investigation of the texts significantly improves our comprehension of the views of the Madhyamaka authors, their self-understanding, and the reasons behind their responses to their intellectual environments. Nevertheless, many issues remain unsolved, and topics as fundamental as the Mādhyamikas’ final truth/reality continue to be debated. The International Conference Madhyamaka in South Asia and Beyond will bring together scholars to present and discuss their research on all aspects of the Madhyamaka tradition from philological, historical and/or philosophical perspectives. We invite papers dealing with topics such as the school’s ontological views, its logical and epistemological theories and their sources and integration, its soteriology, historiography, evolution, and transmission, including interactions with other Buddhist and non-Buddhist schools and traditions. Papers from the broader intellectual landscape are also welcome.

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