The Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley invites you to join us online on Tuesday, May 11 for the following event:
[Aspects of Japanese Studies] Carved Alive: Buddhist Tree-icons (tachikibutsu) in Japan and "Eco Art History"
May 11, 2021 | 5-5:30 p.m. PDT | Online - Zoom Webinar
Speaker: Gregory Levine, Professor, Department of History of Art, UC Berkeley
Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley
This short talk introduces Buddhist icons carved into standing and usually living trees in Japan (tachikibutsu), a practice that appears to begin in the 8th century and draws upon the worship of numinous trees. Tree-icons, to give them a name, trouble notions of "Buddhist art" and art history's anthropocentrism. Art history anthropocentric? Isn't this a given? But what if we seek to give the trees in tree-icons their due, allow them to make claims upon human-made images? How might this contribute to larger discussions about human-non-human relationships and ecology? Is there an ecological art history? What would this demand of us and perhaps make possible?
*Aspects of Japanese Studies showcases the research being done by members of the CJS community. Faculty, graduate students and alumni of CJS present a casual 15-minute online talk on their current work or key research topics in Japanese Studies. Talks are followed by questions and answers.
Registration required: https://berkeley.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2It8Pq1XSSG2cVJ5cfg7o