SOAS University of London

Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions

CSJR Spring International Workshop: Combinatory Practices in Japan: Rethinking Religious Syncretism

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Date: 24 February 2011Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 25 February 2011Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: 21/22 Russell Square Room: T102

Type of Event: Seminar

SOAS Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions

Spring Workshop

Combinatory Practices in Japan:  Rethinking Religious Syncretism

February 24-25 2011

21-22 Russell Square Room T102 SOAS

This workshop will offer a platform to rethink the combinatory religious system developed in Japan, whereby different traditions which today we call Shintō, Buddhism and Onmyōdō have co-existed, through the analysis of a number of cases taken from the ancient to the modern periods. The workshop aims to explore what theoretical framework is more appropriate to accommodate the distinctiveness of the Japanese religious system, and the extent to which the rubric of 'syncretism' can be usefully applied to it.

24 February

10:15-11:45 British Museum Visit Viewing in students room (only for speakers)
12:00-12:45 British Museum Visit, Japanese Galleries
Meri Arichi (SOAS)
Japanese Shinbutsu Paintings at the British Museum
1:00 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Welcome by the CSJR Chair, Dr. Lucia Dolce
SESSION I Chair: Lucia Dolce
2:50 pm Mitsuhashi Tadashi (Meisei University)
The formation of Shintō as a Combinatory Religious System  
3:10 pm Tullio Lobetti (SOAS)
When Two Become One: On the Meaning and Use of 'Syncretism' in Religious Studies  
3:50 pm Discussion
4:20 pm Coffee Break
4:30 pm Yoshihara Hiroto (Waseda University)
Reception and Development of the Word Jindō in Ancient Japan (Japanese) 「「日本古代における「神道」の語の受容と展開」 (日本語)
5:00 pm Satō Masato (The University of Kitakyūshū)
The Formation of honji suijaku in Ninth Century Japan (Japanese)
5:30 pm Fumi Ouchi  (Miyagi Gakuin/SOAS)
The Human Body as a Basis of Syncretism: Annen's Idea of the Voice   
6:00 pm Discussion

25 February

SESSION II Chair: Mitsuhashi Tadashi

10:00 am Noriko Horsley (SOAS)
Goryō-e During the Insei period
10:30 am Matsumoto Koichi (Ikenobo Junior College)  
A Study on Dōjijin  
11:00 am Satō Hiroo (Tōhoku University)   
The Destination of the Dead
11:30 am Discussion
12:00 am Lunch Break

SESSION III Chair: Timon Screech (SOAS)

1:15 pm Stephan Licha (SOAS)
The deity of Mt. Hakusan as seen in Sōtō kirigami
1:45 pm Sonehara Satoshi (Tōhoku University)  
Combinatory Systems in the Early Modern Period: Sannō ichijitsu Shintō

2:15 pm Anna Andreeva (Heidelberg University)
Kami and Buddhas in the Mountains: Reading Asamayama engi
2:45 pm Discussion
3:15 pm Coffee Break
3:30 pm Gaynor Sekimori (SOAS)
Combinatory Practice in the Life of an Edo - Period Village Shugen: Secret Rituals from the Archive of Koshikidake Kannonji  
4:00 pm Fukuhara Toshio (Musashi University)
Combinatory ritual of the Early Modern Period: The Funeral Procession as a Festive Procession – (Japanese)
4:30 pm Discussion
5:00 pm Lucia Dolce (SOAS)
Re-inventing Combinatory Rituals in Contemporary Japan.  
5:30 pm Final discussion
6:00 pm Closing remarks by the co-organiser of the workshop, Dr. Mitsuhashi Tadashi

Organiser: Lucia Dolce

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