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Online International Workshop on Premodern Japanese Religion at Carleton College

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Carleton College organized two online international and transdisciplinary workshops in Winter 2022. The events were part of the online series, the Premodern Japanese Religion Workshop (PJRW). So far the series has organized eleven workshop meetings with presenters and participants from China, Europe, Japan, the United States, and Vietnam.

The workshops featured four speakers from Japan and the United States who shared their recent research about Shugendō, the traditions of Japanese mountain asceticism.

The January workshop speakers were:•Suzuki Masataka (Professor Emeritus, Keio Gijuku Daigaku)•Ōuchi Fumi (Professor, Miyagi Gakuin Joshi Daigaku)•Andrea Castiglioni (Assistant Professor, Nagoya City University)•Frank Clements (Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia)

The February textual reading seminar was designed and led by Matsuo Kenji, Professor Emeritus of Yamagata Prefectural University, and focused on the Kanjin gakushōki, the autobiography of the monk Eison (1201–1290). The workshop language is Japanese and JFNY provided support for interpretation and translating abstracts, which were shared with participants prior to the workshop.

The project was supported by the JFNY Grant for Online Japanese Studies.