Nanzan Graduate Student Seminar for the Study of Japanese Religion and Culture

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Dear members,

I would like to announce that we are now accepting applications for presenters at the 4th Nanzan Seminar for the Study of Religion and Culture, sponsored by the Nagoya University JSPS Core-to-Core Program. The seminar will be held on January 13-15 at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan. Details are provided below. 

For an application to present at the event, please contact me directly at


Matthew McMullen


Nanzan Seminar for the Study of Religion and Culture 2 
(A Nagoya University JSPS Core-to-Core Program)

Application Information

The Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture will conduct a Seminar in Japanese for international graduate
students (who do not speak Japanese as their native language) on 13–14 January 2019. Presentations and 
discussion will all be held in Japanese. We invite advanced graduate students eager to present their 
research in Japanese to apply for participation in this Seminar, which is sponsored by a JSPS Program 
(coordinated by Abe Yasuro of Nagoya University).

Conditions for Participation

1. Applicants should be graduate students (or recent post-docs) who are not native speakers of Japanese 
and conducting research in Japanese religions for a university outside Japan. 
Five participants will be chosen from among the applicants.

2. Participants will be provided an economy-class round-trip air ticket between their current residence 
and Japan, and expenses for the duration of the Seminar (transportation and meals). Hotel accommodations 
will also be provided. Participants must attend and participate in the entire program of the Seminar.

3. An excursion is planned for 15 January (Tuesday), the day following the Seminar, as part of the JSPS 
Core-to-Core Program. All participants are encouraged to attend.

Application Procedures

1. Applicants should fill out the Application Form (download here from the Institute homepage). 
Submit an English abstract (250–350 words) and a Japanese summary (600–900 characters) of your 
research presentation by 30 September 2018. Please send completed applications as an attachment by e-mail
 to with the title “Nanzan Seminar Application.”

2. The chosen applicants will be notified by 15 October.

3. Participants must submit a full paper either in English (under 8,000 words) or in Japanese (under 
12,000 characters) by 1 December, sent by e-mail attachment. If papers are not submitted on time,
participation may be revoked. Presentations will last for 45 minutes, followed by 45 minutes of discussion.

4. Discussants will need to read the papers in advance in order to facilitate comment and discussion, so 
the presentation should follow the content of the prepared paper. The presentation must be in Japanese, 
and the discussion will also be in Japanese with some English if necessary.

Seminar Schedule

12 January (Sat): Arrive in Nagoya by evening and check in to Hotel.

13 January (Sun): Arrive at the Nanzan Institute after lunch.

13:00 Opening Ceremony

13:10–14:30 Opening lecture

14:45–16:15 Seminar Presentation 1

16:30–18:00 Seminar Presentation 2

18:30 Welcoming Party

14 January (Mon): Second day of presentations at Nanzan Institute

9:30–11:00 Presentation 3

11:15–12:45 Presentation 4


14:00–15:30 Presentation 5

15:45–17:00 Final Discussion

17:30 Closing Dinner

15 January (Tue): Excursion

16 January (Wed): Leave Nagoya


Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture

James Heisig (Philosophy of Religion, Japanese Philosophy)

Kim Seung Chul (Theology, Interreligious Dialogue)

Okuyama Michiaki (Religious Studies, History of Religion)

Paul Swanson (Buddhist Studies, Religious Studies)

Matthew McMullen (Buddhist Studies, Esotericism)

Tim Graf (Religious Studies, Documentarian)


Abe Yasuro, Nagoya University

Iwata Fumiaki, Osaka University of Education

Kobayashi Naoko, Aichi Gakuin University

Yoshida Kasuhiko, Nagoya City University

Chikamoto Kensuke, Nagoya University

Academic Staff

Yokoi Momoko (Sociology of Religion)

Fukahori Ayaka (Religion and Musicology)

I would just like to send a reminder that the deadline for applications to participate in the 2019 Nanzan Seminar is September 30th. Applications and information are available on our website ( Please contact me directly with inquiries regarding the application or the seminar at


Matthew McMullen
Research Fellow
Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture