“New Sources for the Study of Japanese Religions”

International Workshop

Princeton University

March 13-16, 2014

Sponsored by the Princeton University-University of Tokyo Exchange Initiative, the Department of Religion, and the Buddhist Studies Workshop

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In the last few decades, scholars of Japanese history and religion, especially of the ancient and medieval periods, have expanded their research beyond formal doctrinal writings and written historical records to include texts written on the reverse side of documents (shihai monjo), hagiography, narratives, and other little known or understudied textual sources, as well as pictorial scrolls and other art historical materials, stone and bronze inscriptions, sites, and archaeological remains. This combined workshop-conference, led by a number of prominent scholars from Japan, aims to introduce some of these new sources and the interdisciplinary possibilities they offer for the study of premodern Japanese Religion and History and also provide some preliminary training in their use. Apart from the talks by American scholars on March 16, the workshop will be conducted primarily in Japanese.

We cordially invite your participation.

The deadline for registration is Friday, February 21.

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