My name is Christopher Kelley and I am a scholar of Buddhism, a part-time professor, as well as an impresario of interdisciplinary events and immersive experiences.
I received a PhD degree in Religion from Columbia University where I studied Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with Robert A. F. Thurman. I currently teach classes in the religious studies program at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School University.
I like to engage in the kind of discourse that the pragmatist philosopher Richard Rorty dubbed "abnormal"— ideas and practices that have the potential to de-center and disrupt one’s reified notions about themselves and the world around them.
I align myself with the tradition of American Buddhists, like Allen Ginsberg, who found creative expression in the assimilation of Buddhist ideas and practices into popular culture and art.
My interests span a variety of fields including: music, interdisciplinary performance art, western literature & philosophy, ethics & human rights, psychedelic science & humanities, palliative care & dying, technology, mystical experience, dark comedy, and art. I am a passionate advocate of the liberal arts and have organized several groundbreaking and enduring projects that support interdisciplinary discourse.
I have presented papers at a host of academic conferences including: the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), The American Philosophical Association (APA), The International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, The Annual Meeting of Comparative & Continental Philosophy, The Annual Meeting of the Society for Asian & Comparative Philosophy, and more. I have also been invited to give lectures at institutions such as: The Rubin Museum of Art, The Asia Society in Houston, The Wang Center at Stonybrook University, The STRAND Bookstore, and elsewhere.
The details of my work can found in the pages of this website. Enjoy!
Peace, Love, and Chicken Grease,