Call for graduate student papers for McGill University’s 4th annual conference on pre-modern Japanese Religions: The Sounds and Colours of Japanese Rites
Posted on behalf of Mikael Bauer
March 3-4 2022
Dear friends and colleagues,
I am happy to announce that, with the support of the Japan Foundation, BDK Canada and McGill’s School of Religious Studies, we will hold our 4th annual conference on pre-modern Japanese Religions on March 3-4 2022 on campus here in beautiful Montreal.
The theme for this year’s conference The Sounds and Colours of Japanese Rites concerns the visual, material and musicological aspects of rites at, or connected with, the imperial court. One day will be devoted to Shinto and kami worship, and the second day will focus on Buddhist ritual. The conference will include an actual demonstration of Shinto ritual and music by a Shinto priest from Japan and presenters will be from North American, European and Japanese universities. I will circulate the final program in English and Japanese once finalized but I can confirm that the conference will offer 18 presentations and live performance. In contrast with the huge international conferences in North America, this conference will be absolutely free to attend (no free organic cotton bag though! ).
As has been the case from the beginning, I think it is very important to include graduate students and compose a group consisting of established and emerging scholars. For this reason, I invite applications for a graduate student panel and up to four candidates will be accepted to present. Accommodation and travel will be funded by the conference, no membership or registration fees required.
The topic The Sounds and Colours of Japanese Rites invites those graduate students who work on topics of pre-modern Japanese rituals (Shinto or Buddhist ) such as music (chants, reciting, instrumental aspects of rituals…), the relation between religious rituals and the performing arts (such as Sarugaku, No,….), the role of sculpture or architecture in ritual, ritual implements or robes, texts that describe how actual ritual events were carried out (diaries, poems…) etc… Presentations can be in either English or Japanese, as the conference will be bilingual.
If you have any questions, please direct them to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to attend the conference also please contact me at the same email address.
The deadline for the graduate student proposal is August 23 2021.
Assistant Professor of Japanese Religions (Buddhism), School of Religious Studies
Associate Member Department of East Asian Studies, McGill
Birks Building 004
3520 rue University
Montreal, QC H3A 2A7