Conference Announcement - "Interdisciplinary Edo" Workshop & Symposium at the University of Arizona

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This is to announce the "Interdisciplinary Edo: New Perspectives on Early Modern Japan" Workshop & Symposium taking place at the University of Arizona (Tucson) this week. Please see below for a summary of the conference schedule and visit our website for further details:


Thursday, November 14 - Closed Workshop


From Donation to Display: Votive Paintings at Itsukushima Shrine

Hilary Snow, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


A White-Crested Wave of Wasted Rice: Famine Prevention and the Logistics of Frugality in Edo Japan

Joshua Schlachet, University of Arizona


Early Modern Japanese Literature is Dead! Long Live Early Modern Japanese Literature!

William Hedberg, Arizona State University


Friday, November 15 - Public Symposium


Session 1: Narrative, Form, and Sino-Japanese Influence in Edo Print Culture

Knowledge, Rebound: The Shifting Meaning of Imagery from Chinese Huapu to Japanese Gafu

Mai Yamaguchi, Princeton University


Playing with Narrative in Late-Edo Period Popular Fiction

Jingyi Li, University of Arizona


A Study of Hakuwa Sources in Eight Dogs

Shan Ren, University of Oregon


Keynote Presentation:

The Predicament of Modernity and Histories of the Tokugawa ‘Enlightenment’: On the Interpretations of Practical Learning

Katsuya Hirano, UCLA


Session 2: Ideas, Images, Objects on the Move—Adaptation Across Borders

Simultaneity, Sexuality, and Morality: An Iconophiliac Approach to Visual Adaptations of the Jin Ping Mei in Early-Modern Japan

Zhaokun Xin, Arizona State University


Cinnamon and Snake-Oil: The Dutch Global Medicine Trade in Early Modern Japan

Claire Cooper, Princeton University


Zen Monks, Confucian Literati, and Chinese Émigrés: Lives and Identities of Itsunen Shoyu and Dokuryū Shōeki in Edo Japan

Jinhui Wu, University of Arizona


Session 3: Public Spaces / Private Lives in Edo Japan

Residence as Aesthetic Public Space: The Culture of the Literati Residence in 19th century Japan

Meiyan Wang, SOAS, University of London


Pilgrimage and Politics: The Role of Ōnoya ton’ya in the Monzenmachi of Dazaifu Tenmangū”

Alexander Evans, Kyushu University


Strangers and Fellows: Investigating the Posthumous Care of Non-Family Members in Edo Japan

Kristina Buhrman, Florida State University


Saturday, November 16 - Closed Discussion Session

Why Interdisciplinary Edo? Ideas for Future Collaboration


We look forward to welcoming the participants to Tucson for a productive, interdisciplinary conversation!




Joshua Schlachet and Takashi Miura

Department of East Asian Studies

University of Arizona