Program: Kyoto Study Program – Anime to Zen

The program offers participants an excellent introduction to Japanese society and culture. The curriculum is well balanced, and participants will investigate diverse aspects of Japanese society and culture while staying in Kyoto, a cultural centre rich in history. All classes will be taught in English by renowned subject specialists.

Following topics will be taught in the 2016 winter program;

・Japan and the West – Historical relationship between Japan and the West

・Japanese Politics – Japan’s security forces / post war politics

・Japanese Art and Design – Traditional archItecture (machiya)

・Cultural Anthropology of Japan – Japanese comics, manga

Food Culture and Education in Japan – Shun and Shokuiku

・Japanese Business1 – Contents business in Japan (AKB48)

・Japanese Business2 – Organisational Behaviours (KAIZEN) 

Dates: 17th January – 30th January 2016

Participants: Undergrad / Graduate level university students

Program Fee: JPY130,000

For more details, please visit website

or contact at

The Consortium of Universities in Kyoto 公益財団法人)大学コンソーシアム京都

+81 75 353 9164

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Job Opening: Modern East Asian history, Mercy College

job opening - 5Institution:           Mercy College, Humanities
Location:              New York, United States
Position:              Assistant Professor, Tenure Track Faculty

Mercy College seeks a tenure-track assistant professor of Modern East Asian history starting September 2016. Preference will be given to candidates who specialize in Modern East Asian and United States relations. Excellence in undergraduate teaching is at the heart of our mission, as is a commitment to student-mentoring relationships. The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of effective teaching, a commitment to continued scholarly research, and service to the department, the School of Liberal Arts, and to Mercy College. The Department of Humanities is committed to fostering a culturally diverse and inclusive intellectual community. Ph.D. required by appointment date.

Electronic applications are required and must include a cover letter, CV, and a 1-page statement of teaching philosophy. Direct three letters of recommendation to Nancy Collins at Candidates must apply online at Review of applications will commence in December and continue until the position is filled.

Contact:            Please direct any inquiry to Dr. Andrés Matías-Ortiz at



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Call for Papers: Buddhism in the Global Eye, August 10-12, 2016, UBC

call for papers [150-2]“Buddhism in the Global Eye: Beyond East and West”

The 6th Annual Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Conference, hosted by the University of British Columbia’s Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society (Jessica L. Main, director) and co-sponsored by The Modernization of Buddhism in Global Perspective Project (SSHRC Insight Grant, John S. Harding, Victor Sōgen Hori, Alexander Soucy, co-investigators).

Abstract submission deadline: January 1, 2016
Conference dates: August 10-12, 2016

This conference has been called to re-examine the widely held assumption that modern Buddhism is Buddhism with Western characteristics and to attempt to map out a better paradigm for explaining the modernization of Buddhism. It takes seriously the concept of globalization: Buddhist transformation in Asia and in the West are not seen as distinct but as related, taking place in communication across multiple nodes that cross East-West lines.

Keynote Address: The keynote address this year will be given by Professor Richard Jaffe of Duke University. A specialist of Japanese Buddhism and modernity, Richard Jaffe is currently working on a study of travel and encounters between Japanese and other Buddhists during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as overseeing the publication of five volumes of the writings of D. T. Suzuki. His faculty profile may be viewed here.


The “Westernization” paradigm: Much writing on the modernization of Buddhism assumes that the process started when Buddhism came from Asia to the West and adapted to Western culture. In this paradigm, the modernization of Buddhism basically consists in Westernization; acquisition by Buddhism of features of Western culture, such as egalitarianism, gender neutrality, individualism and so on. This paradigm has several faults.

  • Modernization begins in Asia. The Westernization paradigm ignores the historical fact that Buddhist modernization movements first arose in Asia. By the end of the 1800s, Ceylon had “Protestant Buddhism” and Japanese thinkers were actively trying to create shin bukkyō or New Buddhism. In the 1920s, the Chinese monk Taixu started to define renjian fojiao, humanistic Buddhism. Today the best organized transnational Buddhist institutions are based in Asia.
  • Asian agency. The paradigm assumes that traditional Asian Buddhism lay inert until the coming of the West jolted it into reform, that in the modernization process Asian Buddhism lies passive as Western influences reshape it. However in Thailand, even before the approach of Western powers, King Mongkut in 1851 started the reform of Buddhism. And in modernization movements in other Asian countries, the Asian side was never a mere passive foil; it was an active agent mobilizing all available cultural resources to reform its local form of Buddhism.
  • Multiple nodes. The modernization of Buddhism is not a one-way imposition of ideas from West to East. Monks travelled between Asian countries creating networks mutually stimulating each other’s modernization movements. Japanese monk Shaku Sōen witnessed the modernization in Ceylon before returning to Japan. Thich Nhat Hanh developed Taixu’s renjian fojiao into “socially engaged Buddhism.” The creation of these complex networks linking multiple nodes transmitting information, influence, and funds, is the dynamic of globalization.
  • Authenticity. Some authors have bluntly claimed that Westernized Buddhism is much closer to the Buddha’s original teaching than traditional Asian Buddhism. Here Western Buddhism masks a self-congratulatory ethnocentrism. At issue here is authenticity and claims of authority which need to be explored more critically than has been done so far.
  • Global forms. The forms of modern Buddhist activity in Asia are not mere imitations of Western “possessions.” Viewed from a global perspective, these forms are clearly seen as organizational, behavioral, and cognitive institutions taken up by religious and secular groups within a global exchange of forms. Buddhist engagement with, and development of, political ideologies, human rights, charitable and social work, chaplaincy, healthcare, youth culture, and education, are just that: Buddhist engagements. Further work is necessary to unearth the complex and embedded local situations of these authentically Buddhist engagements.
  • The emergence of secularity and a modern concept of religion. Up to 1800s, religions were classed under four categories: Christianity, Mosaism, Mohammadanism, and heathen paganism. As they learned about other religions, people abandoned this Christianity-centred system and triggered a modernization of the concept of religion itself. The idea of secularity, the granting of respect for other religions and the concept of a “world religion” were born.

This conference will seek to understand the modernization of Buddhism under a truly global paradigm. To understand and explain any phenomenon associated with modern Buddhism, we need to factor in the global networks and transnational flows that have been at work since the nineteenth century. Some topics, questions and issues that could be discussed at this workshop include:

  • Ethnographic case studies and historical studies of the modernization of temples, monasteries, religious communities, business organizations, and other groups in Asia.
  • Theoretical explorations of ways to describe the modernization of Buddhism that move beyond the Westernization paradigm.
  • Critical approaches to religion. How have societies in Asia contributed to a modern conception of “religion,” or to a modern conception of “world religion”?
  • How has the globalization of the concept of “religion” affected the way that Buddhism has been, and is being, reconstructed?
  • How have modernization projects taken different forms in different places, recognizing processes of localization, or “glocalization.”
  • Critical approaches to authenticity. The question of authenticity arises wherever Buddhism modernizes. Who claims authenticity? What is the criterion of authenticity and what are the consequences of these claims?
  • What synergies operate across the East-West divide in Buddhism? What synergies fail to operate across the East-West divide?

Scholars interested in presenting should submit a paper proposal (200 words), a short biography (100 words), and a single-page CV to Graduate students selected to present will receive up to 3 nights of free accommodation at UBC, plus a modest honorarium depending on distance traveled.Deadline: January 1, 2016.

Direct inquiries to:

Jessica L. Main, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

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Wolfsonian Fellowship program

money [150-2]Wolfsonian-FIU Fellowship Program

The Wolfsonian-Florida International University is a museum and research center that promotes the examination of modern visual and material culture. The focus of the Wolfsonian collection is on North American and European decorative arts, propaganda, architecture, and industrial and graphic design of the period 1885-1945. The collection includes works on paper (including posters, prints and design drawings), furniture, paintings, sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, lighting and other appliances, and many other kinds of objects. The Wolfsonian’s library has approximately 50,000 rare books, periodicals, and ephemeral items.

The Wolfsonian has several significant concentrations of material related to Japan. Military propaganda from the 1930s and 1940s, as well as propaganda about Japanese involvement in Manchuria, is represented by books, ephemera, posters and other items. The Wolfsonian’s library has Japanese hotel, railroad and steamship advertising, and publications about decorative arts and architecture. There are also many publications relating to Japanese participation at international expositions. The objects collection holds a notable series of prints by the artist Koizumi Kishio depicting Tokyo in the 1920s and 1930s. The collection also has rich material documenting Western interest in and depictions of Japan, including publications about Japanese art, travel writing, and anti-Japanese propaganda from the Second World War.

Besides material from Japan, the Wolfsonian also has extensive holdings from the United States, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, and the Netherlands. There are also smaller but significant collections of materials from a number of other countries, including Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, the former Soviet Union, and Hungary.

Fellowships are intended to support full-time research, generally for a period of three to five weeks. The program is open to holders of master’s or doctoral degrees, Ph.D. candidates, and to others who have a significant record of professional achievement in relevant fields. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with the Fellowship Coordinator prior to submission to ensure the relevance of their proposals to the Wolfsonian’s collection.

The application deadline is December 31, for residency during the 2016-2017 academic year.

For information, please contact:

Fellowship Coordinator

The Wolfsonian-FIU

1001 Washington Ave.

Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-535-2613 (phone)

305-531-2133 (fax)

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Book Announcement: Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection

MARSEVVia the University of Washington Press.

Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection
$40.00 PAPERBACK (ISBN 9780989371872)
hardcover not available
PUBLISHED: July 2015
BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 208 pp., 310 illus., 9.5 x 11.5 in.
DISTRIBUTED FOR: Minneapolis Institute of Arts


Seven Masters: 20th-century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection focuses on seven artists who played a significant role in the development of early 20th-century shin hanga, the new print, and are noteworthy representatives of this movement. Drawing from the collection of Ellen and Fred Wells at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, it features the spectacular beauty portraits of Hashiguchi Goyo, Ito Shinsui (1898-1972), Yamakawa Shuho (1898-1944), and Torii Kotondo (1900-1976), the striking actors of Yamamura Toyonari (Koka; 1886-1942) and Natori Shunsen (1886-1960), as well as the evocative landscapes of Kawase Hasui (1883-1957). Essays by Andreas Marks, Chiaki Ajioka, Ishida Yasuhiro, Yuiko Kimura-Tilford, Amy Reigle Newland, Charles Walbridge, and Yano Haruyo offer extended biographies of each artist and insights into the enticing world of shin hanga. Richly illustrated with more than 300 images, the previously unpublished material in these essays deepens an understanding of the artists as painters and print designers.

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Job Opening: Kiriyama Professor for Asia Pacific Studies, visiting position, University of San Francisco

job opening - 5Institution:       University of San Francisco
Location:          California, United States
Position:           Kiriyama Professor for Asia Pacific Studies, Center for Asia Pacific Studies

Job Summary:

The Center for Asia Pacific Studies at the University of San Francisco invites applications for The Kiriyama Professor for Asia Pacific Studies, a short-term visiting faculty appointment ranging from three to six months in the field of Asia Pacific Studies during the spring 2016 semester (January – May 2016). The Center facilitates research and teaching on Greater China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and India through public programs, academic conferences and symposia, and its peer reviewed journal.

The holder of the Chair should be a recognized leader in their field, who is not presently nor was previously on faculty at the University of San Francisco. The Chair should conduct research in line with the mission of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies (intercultural/cross cultural or transnational issues and/or research that pays attention to the contribution that religious, ethical, and cultural understanding can make to bridging cultures). While applications will be accepted from scholars focusing on the above areas, for spring 2016, the Center is particularly interested in receiving applications from a recognized leader in the field of Environmental Studies in the Asia Pacific region to spend part or all of the spring semester in residence at the University of San Francisco.

Payment will be in the form of a sabbatical supplement commensurate with experience and corresponding to the length of the appointment.

Job Responsibilities:

Responsibilities for the position include:
• Teaching: leading a 3 part graduate workshop with on issues important for our understanding of the environment in the Asia Pacific today (1st two workshops will be for graduate students only, 3rd workshop will be for graduate students and the general public)
• Guest Lecture: deliver one guest lecture during residency
• Being a regular participant at events organized by the Center
• Being in residence at the Center three days per week during regular work hours to work on his/her independent research and to interact with USF faculty, students and staff

Minimum Requirements:

Qualifications include: a Ph.D. in relevant field with excellent record of teaching and publication, ability and willingness during appointment to promote the Center for Asia Pacific Studies with his/her connections among both domestic and global academic communities, and research interests that correspond to the Center’s mission.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

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The University of San Francisco is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. As a matter of policy, the University does not discriminate in employment, educational services and academic programs on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability, and the other bases prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.

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Call for Papers: Yale InterAsia Connections Conference 2016

call-for-papers-150-21Call For Papers: YALE INTERASIA CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE 2016

Friday February 26, 2016


Deadline: December 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

Theme: Alternative Asias: Currents, Crossings, Connections

The Yale InterAsia Initiative cordially invites graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty from all disciplines and institutions to submit abstracts for the 2016 Yale InterAsia Connections Conference “Alternative Asias: Currents, Crossings, Connections,” to be held at Yale University, New Haven, CT, on February 26, 2016. Transcending traditional geographical and disciplinary boundaries, this conference will showcase recent and ongoing projects that explore transregional and transnational connections, and re-conceptualize Asia from the premodern period to contemporary times as an interlinked set of formations stretching from East and Southeast Asia, to South Asia, Inner Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, the North and South Americas, and the Pacific Islands with an Asian connection. Bringing together scholars with diverse geographical and disciplinary specialties, the conference, the first of its kind at Yale, seeks to present opportunities for future collaboration and to foster conversation among early-career scholars on remapping and re-imagining Asia in an age of ever-increasing global connections and shifting regional imaginaries.

We conceptualize “InterAsia” as an analytic that focuses on the ways that flows of people, objects, practices, and ideologies across time and space produce our objects of analysis in an imagined “Asia.” We aim to think in terms of “Asia as process,” which includes analyses of the connections as well as tensions and exclusions involved in the processes of creating “Asia” from the ground up. Our task is to examine the situated techniques and strategies by which Asian interconnections are made imaginable and serviceable for particular ends, and what its exclusions and political effects might be.

Key questions that the conference may explore include, but are not limited to:

  • How is “Asia” constructed and deployed by particular actors at particular times in history, and by what methods can we attend to the inclusions and exclusions happening at various scales in this process?
  • How has the flow of commodities, peoples, and ideas influenced the relationship among different parts of Asia as well as the place of Asia in the world? What power dynamics, truth-claims, contingencies, and inconsistencies constitute these connections?
  • What is the role of frontiers, borders and other internal divides in Inter-Asian connections?
  • How has Asia been interconnected in different periods from ancient to contemporary times, and how might this challenge modern land- or continent-based regional divisions?
  • How can micro- and macro-level perspectives and methodologies contribute to Inter-Asian studies?

All papers relating to “Asia,” broadly conceived, are welcome. The conference accepts proposals for individual papers, to be organized into panels of three to four presenters.  All talks will be no more than 20-25 minutes. All applicants should fill out the application with the following information: full name, email address, institutional affiliation, area of study, title of your paper, 250-300 word abstract, and five keywords for your presentation. The deadline for all applications is December 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. Results will be announced in mid-January, and presenters will be strongly encouraged to submit draft papers or relevant other writing that might have been previously published by February 15, 2016. All papers will be made available to participants through a password protected link on the Inter-Asia website to facilitate sharing among invited participants and organizers at Yale to enrich the discussion at the conference. Please apply here.

The one-day conference will include presentations, a keynote speech, and a banquet for presenters and participants. The Yale InterAsia Initiative will provide round trip economy air fare or rail fare for participants from within the continental USA and Canada, and up to $750 towards a round trip international airfare for selected overseas participants. All participants will be expected to bear other travel related costs like airport transfers, visa fees, etc. All participants will be provided hotel accommodation and all meals at the conference at Yale.

Further information can be found on the conferencewebsite:

For specific inquiries, please contact


The Yale InterAsia Initiative is a collaborative effort between Yale and six other institutions and think tanks around the world that aims to shift paradigms of how Asia is conceptualized by promoting research, scholarly networking and public policy connections. Pushing inquiries beyond nation-states, land-based demarcations, imperial zones, and cultural boundaries, the Initiative promotes conversations that address transregional connections. In addition to Yale University, the main members of the InterAsia Initiative include the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong (HKIHSS), Gottingen University (Germany), the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (Lebanon), Koc University (Turkey). It receives support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, as well as the Asia Councils and the MacMillan Center at Yale University.

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