LECTURE> SOAS Buddhist Forum, 20-21 Feb: Buddhism and Political Power in Mediaeval Japan (Dr. Ikuyo Matsumoto of Yokohama City University)

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Dear Colleagues, 

I am delighted to announce the next Buddhist Forum event at SOAS, supported by Khyentse Foundation and organised in partnership with the SOAS Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions: 
"Buddhism and Political Power in Medieval Japan: The Rituals of Consecration of the Emperor"
A lecture by Dr. Ikuyo Matsumoto of Yokohama City University. 
Time: Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 17:30-19:00

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: MB116

The lecture will be followed, the next day, by a reading seminar* led by Dr. Matsumoto:

"Reading the medieval Buddhist manuals for the ritual of enthronement (sokuihô)"

Time: Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 10:00-13:00

VenueRussell Square: College Buildings Room: MB116

*Like all Buddhist Forum events, both events are free and open for all, but the reading seminar requires familiarity with Japanese and pre-registration. 

To register, please write to: ys13@soas.ac.uk

You may find additional information about this and future events on our website and Facebook page.

About the speaker:

Ikuyo Matsumoto is Associate Professor of Japanese Cultural History and Medieval Japanese History at Yokohama City University. Her current research interests address the development of a culture of religious secrecy in medieval Japan as expressed through visual images and texts. 

Dr. Matsumoto has published widely on medieval Buddhist rituals, including: Chûsei ôken to sokui kanjô: Shogyô no naka no rekishi jujutsu (“Royal Authority in Medieval Japan and the Enthronement Initiation Ritual: Historical Evidence from Buddhist Scriptures”), Tokyo: Shinwasha, 2005; Ten'nô no sokui girei to shinbutsu (“The Emperor's Ascension Rituals and the Kami and Buddhas”),Tokyo: Yoshikawa kobunkan, 2017; Girei no chikara: Chûsei shûkyô no jissen sekai (“The Power of Ritual: The World of Religious Practice in Medieval Japan”),co-ed., Kyoto: Hozokan, 2010. Other publications include Fûzoku kaiga no bunkagaku ("Cultural Studies of Genre Paintings"), 3 vols, co-ed., Kyoto: Shibunkaku, 2009, 2012, 2014 and a database of classical maps from the archives of Yokohama City University, which includes some Bonreki (Buddhist calendar) Maps.

Kind regards, 

Yael Shiri, Student Assistant at the SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies