Guest Lectures: Women and Religion in Contemporary Japan

Osaka, June 1 and June 8, 2022
The School of Human Sciences (HUS) of Osaka University is pleased to announce two upcoming Guest Lectures to be held online via Zoom and in person at the School of Human Sciences, Room M44. To join us, please register at 1st (Wed) 2022, 1:30 pm-3 pm JST Dr Bixia Chen of the University of the Ryukyus.  Dr Chen will present a paper titled Women, Spirituality, and Plants in Okinawa. Dr Chen’s lecture focuses on the cultural implications of sacred sites in Okinawa by shading light on the lives of women ritual performers.June 8th (Wed) 2022, 1:30 pm-3 pm JST Dr Dana Mirsalis of Harvard University will present a paper titled Two Stories of the Gendered Priesthood in Postwar Japan. Dr Mirsalis will examine two narratives about the gendered Shinto priesthood in postwar Japan by looking at how they adapt, reinterpret, or ignore Jinja Honchō’s directives in order to carve out space for themselves.