In this workshop, Prof. Uejima will offer a broad introduction to the classification, handling, and reading of medieval Japanese works, from documents to scrolls and books. Participants will learn about the production, categorization, handling, and uses of such materials. In addition to providing a comprehensive overview of the material aspects of these works (how they were folded, bound, sealed, etc.), Prof. Uejima will also walk us through a close analysis of a variety of different works, including handwritten documents, sutras, and shōgyō 聖教.
After completing the doctoral program at Kyoto University, Susumu Uejima (b. Kyoto, 1964) taught at Kyoto Prefectural University. At present, he is Professor at Kyoto University, Graduate School of Letters. His interests include the history, religion, society and economy of medieval Japan. Among his publications is the monograph Nihon chūsei shakai no keisei to ōken日本中世社会の形成と王権 (Royal Power and the Formation of Medieval Japanese Society) (Nagoya, 2010).