SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

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  • Stamping out Death in Japanese Buddhist Palimpsests
  • Dr Halle O'Neal (University of Edinburgh)
  • This talk explores the highly visual and poignant relationship between the materiality of paper, embodied writing, and stamped Buddha figures in medieval Japanese mourning practices.

  • Rescuing Art History from the Nation: Late Chosŏn Korea between Europe and Edo Japan
  • Prof J.P. Park (University of Oxford)
  • By introducing evidence that testifies to the late Chosŏn public’s active interest in Japanese art, this paper will point to the neglected exchange of art and ideas between early modern Korea and Japan, and expose how age-old academic conventions and nationalisms remain firmly fixed in the study of East Asian art history.



  • Crisis thinking in regional Japan – the case study of Kamaishi City
  • Prof Naofumi Nakamura (University of Tokyo)
  • For the WG Beasley Memorial Lecture this year, Prof Nakamura takes Kamaishi as a case study to investigate crisis thinking in post-war regional Japan – the policies and actions of both the public and private sectors in their pursuit to find solutions to depopulation, economic restructuring, and disaster readiness.