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OnderzoekCentre for East Asian Studies Groningen

International Symposium on Religion and the Secular in Japan: Did the Gods survive modernity?

Wanneer:vr 19-05-2017 14:00 - 18:00
Waar:Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies – Room 253 Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen

This symposium is organized by the Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia (CRSCA).

The religious landscape of Japan has seen significant change in the contemporary era. In this symposium, Erica Baffelli, Aike P. Rots and Ian Reader will address how the modern notion of the secular has influenced the way in which religion is interpreted and practiced in contemporary Japan.

In response to these talks, Annabella Pitkin and Todd Weir will take the discussion about religion and the secular beyond the borders of Japan and relate it to the contexts of, respectively, Tibet and Europe.


14.00 - 14.10 Stefania Travagnin (University of Groningen) Welcome
14.10 - 14.30 Harmen Grootenhuis (University of Groningen) Introduction
14:30 - 15:00 Aike P. Rots (University of Oslo): Reclaiming the Shinto Secular: The Death of “Religion” in an Enchanted Society
15:00 - 15:30 Ian Reader (University of Manchester) T he Sacred Nature of Ice Skating, Stamp Rallies and the Question of ‘Religion’ (and the ‘Secular’) in Contemporary Japan
15:30 - 16:00 Erica Baffelli (University of Manchester) Transforming the Spirits: New Religions and Spirit Beliefs in Contempo rary Japan

16:00-16:20 Coffee/tea break

16:20-18:00 Responses by Annabella Pitkin (Lehigh University) and Todd Weir (University of Groningen), open Q&A, and final discussion

Organizer and Contact person: Mr. Harmen Grootenhuis (