Dr. Matthew Sayers

Books:
Edited Volumes:
Articles:
Invited Presentations:
  • “Feeding the Dead: Buddhist Influences on the Tradition of Ancestral Offerings in Ancient India” as a part of the Buddhist Studies Forum at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. October 7, 2013.
  • Panelist. “Secular Government: Bringing Believers into the Fold” at 2012 PA State Atheist Humanist Conference, Harrisburg, PA. September 29, 2012. (Video of the entire panel is available here.)
  • "Feeding the Dead at Gaya: From the Buddha's Enlightenment to a Modern Pilgrimage" as a part of the South Asian Studies Colloquium at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. February 23, 2012.
  • "Let's Meet at the akshayavata: Conjunction of Hindu and Buddhist Traditions at Bodhgaya" as part of the K. P. Jayaswal Research Institute Lecture Series at Patna University. June 24, 2011.
  • "How Long Will I Stay in Heaven: The Sliding Soteriological Scale for the shraddha" at Prognosis, Death, and Dying in South Asia at The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. February 6-7 2009.
Conference Papers:
  • "The Development of Gaya as Pilgrimage Site: From Stray Reference to Mahatmya." at The Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, Wisconsin. October, 23, 2011.
  • "Escalating Ancestral Offerings: Classifying the Efficacy of Meats Used in the shraddha." at 2011 American Oriental Society 221st Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. March 11-14, 2011.
  • "Synthesizing Ritual Classifications in Manu" at 2010 American Oriental Society 220th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. March 12-15, 2010.
  • "Claiming Modes of Mediation in Ancient Hindu and Buddhist Ancestor Worship." at 2009 American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada. November 10, 2009.
  • "Brahmanical and Buddhist Contestation over the Householder Ideal."
    The Conference on the Study of Religions of India, Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee. (September 11-14 2008).
  • "Let's Meet at the akshayavata: Conjunction of Hindu and Buddhist Traditions at Bodhgaya."
    XVth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (June 23-28, 2008).
  • "Claiming Modes of Mediation in Ancient Hindu and Buddhist Ancestor Worship."
    American Oriental Society 218th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois (March 14-17 2008).
  • Panel Discussant, "Academic Centers of Attention."
    Graduate Student Colloquium on Communication: The Foundation of Teaching Excellence, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (September 15, 2007).
  • "The Early History of the Term sastra."
    American Oriental Society 216th Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington (March 17-20 2006).
  • "The Early History of the Term sastra."
    2004 Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (October 1-2 2004).
  • "The Importance of Tat Khalsa Use of Non-traditional Educational Tools in the Ascendancy of the Khalsa Sikh Identity."
    First Annual Graduate Symposium on Religion, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (Spring 2002).

Several of these articles and papers are available at the author's personal webpage.