SOAS University of London

Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions

Sengū of the Ise Shrine: Rituals, Myth and Politics Workshop


Date: 21 November 2013Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 22 November 2013Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre, and Room 116

Type of Event: Workshop

Thursday 21 November 2013, 17:00 – 18:30

Keynote Lecture by Yoshitarō SHIRAYAMA (Kōgakkan University)
“Sengū of the Ise Shrine: Tradition, Ideology, and Politics”
Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), SOAS Main building
*** In Japanese with interpreter
The event will be followed by a wine reception

Friday 22 November 2013 9:30 18:00

International Workshop
Room 116, SOAS Main building

9:30 Registration and Coffee

9:50 Welcome by CSJR Chair, Lucia DOLCE

10:00 – 11:20 Panel 1
Chaired by Angus LOCKYER (SOAS)

10:00 – 10:40 Ken Tadashi ŌSHIMA (University of Washington)
“Ise: Prototype of Japanese Architecture?”

10:40 – 11:20 Simon KANER (University of East Anglia/SISJAC )
"Ise and Izumo: Archaeological Perspective on an Enduring Tradition”

11:20 – 11:40 Coffee Break

11:40 – 13:00 Panel  2
Chaired by Fabio GYGI (SOAS)

11:40 Mark TEEUWEN (Oslo University)               
“Early Ise and the Origin of the Sengū System”

12:20 Meri ARICHI (SOAS)
“Sengu and the Pilgrimage to Ise: Okage mairi in the Edo Period” 

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:50 Panel 3
Chaired by Timon SCREECH (SOAS)

14:30 Hideki SAITO (Bukkyō University)
“Interpreting Amaterasu: From the Medieval to the Contemporary Period” [in Japanese]

15:10 Lucia DOLCE (SOAS)
“The Iconography of Amaterasu: Multiple Forms of an “Aniconic” Tradition”

15:50 – 16:10 Tea Break

16:10 – 17:30 Panel 4
Chaired by Tullio LOBETTI (SOAS)

16:10 John BREEN (Nichibunken)
“Inventing Ise: The Meiji Phase”

16:50 Gaynor SEKIMORI (SOAS)
“Ise through Western Eyes: Artefacts in the Chamberlain Collections”  

17:30 – 18:00 Final Discussion

We are also pleased to announce the Photographic Exhibition Sengū of the Ise Shrine 2013: Tradition and Rituals, held in SOAS Library's Wolfson Gallery and in the Khalili Foyer until December 5, 2013.

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Contact Tel: 020 7898 4950