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Jarrod Brown CV Philosophy Asian Studies
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Hello. You may or may not know me.
My name is Mr. Brown (currently working on making that Dr. Brown). I’m currently developing Intrepid Philosophy as my professional site for teaching and research. Over the next year, I will be adding teaching resources, videos, and more to the site in order for it to serve as my teaching portfolio but as well as a “portal” for teaching resources for my own classes as well as those of others.
I am a Ph.D student at the University of Hawai’i where I am specializing in Comparative Philosophy (meaning I do both Western and “Eastern” philosophy which in my case means some Indian and Buddhist philosophy and Islamic philosophy of law). I am currently a visiting professor at Berea College where I teach philosophy, religious studies, Asian studies and general studies courses.
My philosophical interests include the problem of universals and similarity, linguistic and metaphysical vagueness, analogical reasoning, mereology, theories of truth and meaning, philosophy of mind (particularly delusions and inserted thoughts), digital ontology, Nyāya-Vaisheshika philosophy and Islamic legal philosophy. I am also interested in ethical issues related to privacy, control over our bodies, and social media and emerging technologies. I also work extensively on Buddhism and violence in Southeast Asia from a historical, philosophical and religious studies perspective.
Outside of the esoteric and rarefied field of semi-pro metaphysics, I’m also very engaged with South and Southeast Asia. I’ve spend much of the last 12 years of my life living, studying, traveling, and working in South and Southeast Asia. I am of course studying Asian philosophy, but I also hold a Certificate of Southeast Asian studies from the Universiti Sains Malaysia where I did research on aboriginal carvings and Islamic law for a year. For nearly a decade I worked at a Bangalore education start-up and spend much of three years living in India. I should complete a graduate certificate in Southeast Asian Studies concurrent with my Ph.D. in Philosophy. I’ve lived in Malaysia, southern India, Japan and Cambodia and have taken long sojourns through Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. I study Malay-Indonesia and Khmer languages. I’m very interested in Southeast Asian studies but also interested in exploring local philosophical sources in lesser-known “vernacular” languages. I also obsessively read and tweet the Southeast Asia News, and am working on launching a new Southeast Asia portal, southeastasia.fm. I seek to understand what is happening in Southeast Asia against a meshwork of different world views and philosophical and historical convictions.
Professionally, I am an education technology and cultural consultant. I began my career at the Center for Learning, Teaching, Communication and Research at Berea College, and went on to become the founding Academic Director of TutorVista.Com which became the world’s largest online tutoring company and sold for $220 million in February, 2011. I went on to found Woodford & Wheeler International Cultural Consulting to provide consulting and training services for a myriad of other companies, mostly in the area of education, throughout South and Southeast Asia. WWICC closed in March 2014 and since then I have been involved in setting up HelloClass, India’s first mobile tutoring service, WiseChalk, a USA education services company, and most recently StudyKarma, a high-level paper review and education services technology company.
Did I mention I’m really into puppets?
If you have the chance please check out my photography site of sacred spaces in South and Southeast Asia, and now Hawai’i as well.
Below there are some recent academic activities.
Encyclopedia articles, “Ahimsa,” “Krukshetra War,” and “Hindu Mythological War,” in Wars of Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict, ABC-CLIO Publishing (forthcoming, 2017).
Panelist, ASIANetwork Annual Meeting, Oak Brook, IL, “The Social Production of Knowledge and Politics in Thailand” (forthcoming: April 7, 2017).
Presenter, Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, American Philosophy Association Eastern Division Meeting, “Metaphysical and Moral Truths in Javanese Comparative Philosophy: Lessons from the Sěrat Cabolèk”(forthcoming, January 2017)
Invited Speaker, 2016-2017 Asian Studies Colloquium Series, Berea College, “Theravada, Islam and Conflict in Southeast Asia” (forthcoming, November 2, 2016).
Book Note on Buddhism in a Dark Age: Cambodian Monks under Pol Pot in Philosophy East-West 66: 3 (July, 2016).
Presenter, Annual Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, James Madison University, “The Advent of Broadcast Television Technology in Thailand,”January 16, 2016.
Presenter, The Third Annual Lehigh University Conference in Philosophy: Metaphors in Use, Lehigh University. “Taking Analogy Seriously,” October 9, 2015.
Presenter, Universal Logic Group’s First World Congress on Analogy, Benemérita Autonomous University (BUAP) of Puebla, “True, Non-Trivial Analogies and the Metaphysics of Similarity,” November 7, 2015.
Book Review of The Dynamics of Cultural Counterpoint in Asian Studies (SUNY Series in Asian Studies Development), Philosophy East-West, 65:4 (October 2015).
Invited Speaker, Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK) Interfaith Program, Chaminade University. “Buddhist-Muslim Relations in South and Southeast Asia,” April 6, 2015.
Presenter, Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, American Philosophy Association Pacific Division Meeting, “Thinking Through Selfless Experience,” April 4, 2015.
Presenter, 26th Annual School of Pacific and Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. “Historicizing Buddhist-Muslim Conflict in Rahkine State, Myanmar,” March 19, 2015.
Presenter, 14th East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference, East-West Center. “Violent Reasons: A Comparative Look at Buddhist-Muslim Conflict in Thailand and Myanmar,” February 14, 2015.
Presenter, Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference, Claremont Graduate University. “Cognition, Agency, Ownership and the Self,” February 19-21, 2015. Recipient of Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum Claremont Conference Grant.
Presenter, 25th Annual School of Pacific and Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. “Theravada Entanglements with Violence: Imagined, Past and Present,” April 2-4, 2014. Awarded “Best Southeast Asian Paper” by Southeast Asia Review Committee.
Presenter, 13th East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference, East-West Center. “Trouble in the Theravada World: Buddhist Rhetoric of War and Violence,” February 13-15, 2014.
Presenter, 2013 Philosophy Graduate Student Colloquium Series, University of Hawai’i. “Why Similarity is Not a Transitive Relation,” September 25, 2013.
Presenter, 2013 Uehiro Comparative Philosophy Conference, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. “”Imāns and Philosopher Kings: Plato in the Ismāʿīlī Shīʻa Philosophy of Nasīr al-Dīn Tūsī,” March 9, 2013. Awarded Ruth Klienfeld Award for Best Presentation.