Viewing and Reading Japanese Medieval Documents, Scrolls, and Books with Prof. Susumu Uejima, Kyoto University

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April 12, 2019
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Humanities, Japanese History / Studies

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).


Contact Info: 
USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture
825 Bloom Walk, Ahmanson Center Building 130D 
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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