Japanese Culture

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The purpose of the University Seminar on Japanese Culture is to address the rich tradition of Japanese culture, with special focus on literary and visual arts. The seminar takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on the fields of literature, art history, religion, and cultural and social history, to shed new light on the multitude of visual, textual, material, and performative genres that are hallmarks of Japanese culture.

David Lurie
Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

Haruo Shirane
Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature, Columbia University

Joshua Rogers

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.




11/04/2016 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
5:00 PM
Are You Jōmon? Historical Parks, Cultural Identity, and Prehistory in Postwar Japan
Jonathan Reynolds, Barnard College

12/02/2016 Reading Room, CV Starr Library
6:00 PM
Book talk for Kurosawa's Rashomon: A Vanished City, a Lost Brother, and the Voice Inside His Iconic Films (Pegasus Books, 2016)
Paul Anderer, Columbia University

04/14/2017 522C Kent Hall, Columbia University
4:30 PM
Slaves, Outcasts, and Torture: Sekkyō-bushi and Issues in Japanese Performance, Marginality, and Pollution
Haruo Shirane, Columbia University

Discussants: David Lurie and Michael Como, Columbia University