Seven speakers address the amalgamation, assimilation, and evolving definitions of religious icons, techniques, ritual practices, and beliefs in ancient and medieval Japan through close studies of material culture and religious thought including mokkan, literary and documentary traces, Buddhist statues and paintings, sutra containers, pilgrimage, and ritual practices in Buddhist, kami--‐based, and other religious settings. As a whole, they demonstrate fluid definitions of religion and its material culture in a range of contexts. Although each paper is specific to a deity, practice, or place, each moves beyond a case study to articulate historical agents and agencies as well as cultural forces to elucidate syncretisms of form and practice that are not only specific to time and place but important to the broader study of Japanese religion and visual culture.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Jade Women and Popular Cults in Ancient Japan Michael Como, Columbia University 10:00‐11:15
Upholding the Buddha and Raising Questions: The Pedestal of Yakushiji’s Main Icon Cynthea J. Bogel, Kyushu University 11:30 ‐12:45
Nyohō and the Tōshōdaiji Atelier Samuel C. Morse, Amherst College 2:15‐3:30
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Kokūzō Bosatsu in Eighth‐ and Early Ninth‐Century Japan Hillary Pedersen, Kobe University 9:30‐10:45
Underground Buddhism: the Subterranean Landscape of the Ise Shrines D. Max Moerman, Columbia University 10:55‐12:10
Constructing a History of Women's Access to Sacred Mountains in Japan Lindsey DeWitt, University of California, Los Angeles (2014 Otani University, Kyoto) 1:45--‐3:00
Shinbutsu Ritual Iconography: The Three Regalia Lucia Dolce, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London 3:15--‐4:30
For further information contact: Cynthea J. Bogel Ellen Van Goethem
The winter weather in Fukuoka is very often, more than people imagine for Kyushu island, i.e. southern part of Japan, depressive.
In this term, every week, I need to start early in the morning for a class at Ito new campus.
It is still dark when I start.
A drive less than an hour takes me to the campus where north wind from the sea is hard blowing over the flat fields.
Students on motorbikes rush to the campus so as in time for classes starting at 8:40.
In their last run along the wide, new road, where students sometimes forget about the speed limit, a police motor is waiting.
The roof over the bridge which connects between the 1st and the 2nd buildings, mainly used for lecture classes of BA 1st year, was attached only later, after having found out that the absence of roof is too inconvenient in this area where wind is blowing so hard that umbrealls do not work.
(Sometimes I find a broken umbrella left abandoned in the campus, probably because of the hard wind.)
I still remember that on both sides of the bridge umbreallas were "kindly" provided by the uni when there was still no roof.
Perhaps the architect had imagined only the sunshine in spring and summer (that is true!), and never imagined the bad, sad, windy, depressive winter.
IABS 2014, 17th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies August, 18 - 23, 2014
Please note, that papers are restricted to 20 minutes (with an additional 10 minutes allowed for discussion). The congress will provide LCD projectors and PowerPoint capabilities in all rooms. Please note, that registration is already open.
Information about registration, conference fee, venue, travel, hotels etc. is available on the conference website: http://iabs2014.univie.ac.at .
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Let us once again express our contentment about your participation in the 17th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS) in Vienna from August 18th - 23rd, 2014!