D. Mitra Barua
D. Mitra Barua is a 2020-21 Research Fellow funded by the Robert H. N. Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies, administered by the American Council of Learned Societies. Currently, he is working on a monograph project provisionally entitled 'Staging Bengali Buddhism with Transnational Connections.' Broadly focusing on the Bangladesh-India-Myanmar border region, Mitra investigates how a linguistically diverse, culturally tolerant and religiously syncretic society has been plagued by ethnic and religious bigotry, intolerance and violence. With a PhD in religious studies, Mitra received training in both textual and social scientific study of religion. His recent monograph, Seeding Buddhism with Multiculturalism (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019) explains what being Buddhist means in Sri Lankan Buddhism across three distinct times and spaces: colonial Ceylon, postcolonial Sri Lanka and immigrant-friendly Canada. Previously, he taught and conducted research at Cornell University, Rice University and the University of Saskatchewan.
Keywords: Buddhism in diaspora; religious diversity and multiculturalism; religious majority-minority dynamics; ethno-religious nationalism(s); Bangladesh-India-Myanmar border region