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Representation and Religion:

Integrating the Study of Japan from the Early Modern to the Contemporary
Torii Kiyonaga, woodblock print (ca. 1790s) of two Japanese women - one seated and playing an instrument, Cecilia Seigle Collection, Kislak Center
Torii Kiyonaga, woodblock print (ca. 1790s) of two Japanese women - one seated and playing an instrument, Cecilia Seigle Collection, Kislak Center

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 10:00am

Morning Session: 
Early Modern Print Culture through a Japanese Prism: A Celebration

10:15 am Opening Remarks 
Julie Nelson Davis, University of Pennsylvania

10:30 am Remarks on Early Modern Print Culture
Mary Elizabeth Berry, University of California, Berkeley

10:45 am Presentations by students in Art History 515:
Seminar in Japanese Art: Utamaro and his Contemporaries
 

12:00 pm Print Viewing, Lea Library 

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch break 

Afternoon Session: 
Picturebooks, Priests' Wives, and Politics: 
Making Buddhism at Home in Contemporary Japan 


1:30 pm Introductory Remarks 
Jolyon Thomas, University of Pennsylvania

1:40 pm "The Gods Make You Giggle:
Finding Religion in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Picturebooks"

Heather Blair, Indiana University

2:25 pm "Gender, Boundaries, and Belief:
Domestic Religion at Japanese True Pure Land Temples"

Jessica Starling, Lewis and Clark College

3:10 pm Coffee break 

3:30 pm "Religion, Politics, and Family: 
How the Soka Gakkai Home Shapes Komeito's Electioneering and Party Policy"

Levi McLaughlin, North Carolina State University

4:15-5:00 pm Roundtable: Teaching Japanese Religious Culture 
Featuring Heather Blair, Jessica Starling, and Levi McLaughlin.
Moderated by Jolyon Thomas

Sponsored by the Penn Global Engagement Fund, PhilaNipponica, the US-Japan Foundation, the Saunders Fund, the Center for the Integrated Study of Japan, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the Department of the History of Art

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