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  1. Symposium on Shinto at the University of Pennsylvania, 24 September 2016
  2. CFP> Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, Oxford, 7th-9th April 2017

Symposium on Shinto at the University of Pennsylvania, 24 September 2016

by Jolyon Thomas
With apologies for cross-posting, members of H-Buddhism may find the following event of interest:

What Isn’t Shintō? A Scholarly Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania
24 September 2016, Fisher-Bennett Hall 401 10:00 – 17:00

In an historical moment characterized by attempts to “green” Shintō by linking it to environmentalism or to mobilize Shintō concepts in the service of rightwing Japanese nationalist agendas, the exigency of clarifying the precise nature of this Japanese religion is clear. While recent scholarship has elucidated the origins of kami worship and the historical emergence of “Shintō” as a discrete religion separate from Buddhism, the relationship between Shintō and other spheres of social life in modern and contemporary Japan remains insufficiently understood. Depending on who one asks, Shintō is either the indigenous religion of the Japanese archipelago, the irreducible core of Japanese culture, a tiny subset of Japanese Buddhism, an oppressive political ideology linked to the emperor system, an environmentalist ethic, or some combination of these. Our project brings together historians, anthropologists, and scholars of religion from around the globe to collaborate with students and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and other schools in the Philadelphia area in addressing a simple question with a complicated answer: “What isn’t Shintō”?

John Grisafi, Shintō in Colonial Korea

Takashi Miura, Shintō Is the Indigenous Religion of the World: Deguchi Onisaburō and His Vision of Shinto Universalism

Tianran Hang, Interchangeable Divinities

Aike P. Rots, Primordial Practices? ‘Nature Worship’, ‘Animism’, and the Depoliticisation of Shintō

Shiyun Hu, Shintō at War: Individual or Corporate Misdeed?

Sarah Thal, Bushidō vs. Shintō: Shifting Rhetorics of Prewar Conservatism

Kaitlyn Ugoretz, What is Indigeneity? Questioning the Narrative Roots of Shintō

Jolyon Thomas, Non-Shintō National Pride in Postwar Japanese Public School Education

Chika Watanabe, The Politics of Shintō Ecology

Mark Teeuwen, Commentary

Saturday, 24 September 2016 10–5 in Fisher-Bennett Hall (corner of 34th and Walnut Streets)

Open to the public; registration requested. Please see details and a registration form here.

NOTE: This event continues a project begun with a panel at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. It is funded by the Northeast Asia Council of the AAS, the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences, and the University of Pennsylvania University Research Fund. Please contact organizer Jolyon Thomas (EALC, UPenn) with questions. 
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CFP> Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, Oxford, 7th-9th April 2017

by Naomi Appleton
Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions
Call for papers: 2017 Symposium
We invite proposals for papers for the 42nd Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, which will be held at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, on 7th-9th April 2017, with the theme “Appearance and Reality”.
Throughout the history of Indian thought we find explorations of the distinction between those things that are real in the fullest sense, and those to which only an illusory or apparent existent can be ascribed. Submissions will engage with this distinction as it is understood in the context of South Asian religion, philosophy, and intellectual history more generally. We welcome papers based upon any and all research methods, including textual, historical, ethnographic, sociological and philosophical.
Presenters are allocated forty minutes for their paper and twenty minutes for discussion, and will normally be expected to pay their own conference registration and expenses. The Symposium fee, including food and accommodation, will be £190, with a non-residential rate of £80. Registration details will be sent separately. Limited financial assistance may be available for early career scholars or scholars from South Asia. If you are unable to access institutional funds for your conference fee please contact the Treasurer, Dr Nick Swann (nick.swann@southwales.ac.uk) to enquire about available support.
We also welcome proposals from doctoral students, who will be allocated twenty minutes for their paper and ten minutes for discussion, and offered free registration at the Symposium. Postgraduate papers need not address the Symposium theme.
We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for the Symposium: Dr Anne MacDonald (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna) will give a paper entitled ‘Real Illusions, Illusory Realities: Appearance and Reality in Mahāyāna Buddhism’, and Professor David Gellner (University of Oxford) will speak on ‘The Politics of Religious Affiliation in Nepal’.
If you would like to give a presentation, please send a title and abstract (maximum 500 words) to Dr Jan Westerhoff at jan.westerhoff@lmh.ox.ac.uk by 31st October 2016.
Further information about the Symposium can be found on our website, spaldingsymposium.org, where you can also sign up to receive details of the programme and booking information when available.
Dr Naomi Appleton
Senior Lecturer, Asian Religions
School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

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