At least by 2013, this project had begun to take shape, at least in my mind. Long impressed by Lopez’s Curators of the Buddha: Buddhism under Colonialism, it now seemed to be an appropriate moment to move the time frame of that work forward from the late 19th through the first half of the 20th century, to the second half of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st. At the same time a different social dynamic seemed relevant to moving that analysis forward–from colonialism to capitalism.
The first major step has been the establishment of the Economics and Capitalism in the Study of Buddhism Seminar within the AAR. Seminars in the AAR run for five years, and this one began in 2015. This year, 2018, is the fourth meeting of the seminar, the program of which is announced on its own page.