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Feb
25
Sat
2017
International Conference: “Invisible Empire: Spirits and Animism in Contemporary Japan” @ SSMS 2135
Feb 25 – Feb 26 all-day
International Conference: "Invisible Empire: Spirits and Animism in Contemporary Japan" @ SSMS 2135 | Isla Vista | California | United States

About

This conference is an attempt to take seriously the metaphysical implications of the contemporary Japanese culture of spirits. Presentations will analyze various modes of representation of spirits (in contemporary art, architecture, visual culture, cinema, diffuse spirituality) and at the same time addressing their underlying intellectual and religious assumptions which, in the case of a few important authors, were made explicit as part of larger philosophical endeavors. The papers will analyze specific cases of “animistic attitudes” in which the presence of “spirits” and spiritual forces is alleged, attempt to trace cultural genealogies of those attitudes, and produce conceptual maps of current animistic ideas about spirits.
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Organized by Fabio Rambelli, ISF Chair of Shinto Studies

Sponsors

UC Santa Barbara’s departments of: East Asian Languages and Cultural StudiesReligious Studies, History of Art and ArchitectureEnglishFilm and Media StudiesComparative LiteratureInterdisciplinary Humanities Center and East Asia Center.

Feb
27
Mon
2017
Colloquium: “Thinking Nature and the Nature of Thinking” @ HSSB 3024
Feb 27 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

“Thinking Nature and the Nature of Thinking”

A Daylong Colloquium with Burcht Pranger, Willemien Otten, Charles Hallisey, and Thomas Carlson

Willemien Otten: “Theological and Environmental Criticism: Creation, Pantheism, and the Problem of Thinking Nature” @ HSSB 3041
Feb 27 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

J.E. and Lillian Byrne Tipton Endowed Lecture in Catholic Studies

About

Marked both by declining attachment to familiar religious traditions and by growing worries about the vulnerability of our environment, the present age offers us a unique opportunity to reflect on the status of nature. Taking the confluence of theological and environmental criticism seriously, this lecture will seize on the possibility for new intellectual synergy by reflecting, in a theologically and environmentally conscious way, on current problems surrounding nature.

Theologically, there is a large spectrum of views between the notion of biblical stewardship and the perennial fear of a pagan and pantheistic world. Focusing on the problem of nature directly can inspire us to delve into what is still largely uncharted territory, and breaking through the walls of denominational tradition in doing so helps us generate a more inclusive and expansive view of the Christian heritage. On our way to a new, viable natural theology, the lecture will claim, we should not be satisfied with channeling existing scientific information into an updated view of biblical creation but, rephrasing old problems in new ways, consider the full implications of what it means to “think nature” by listening to it rather than ventriloquizing it, by encountering it rather than instrumentalizing it.

Willemien Otten is Professor of Theology and History of Christianity at the University of Chicago and UCSB’s 2017 J.E. and Lillian Byrne Tipton Distinguished Visiting Professor of Catholic Studies. Recipient of a 2016 Luce Fellowship in support of her project “Natura Educans: The Psychology of Pantheism from Eriugena to Emerson,” she has authored and edited numerous important works concerning theological anthropology and humanism, theological poetics, and conceptions of creation in patristic, medieval, and modern contexts.

Sponsored by the J.E. and Lillian Byrne Tipton Endowment in UCSB’s Department of Religious Studies.

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Grace Fong, “Consuming Poppies: Women’s Responses to Opium and the Opium Wars in Qing China” @ SSMS 2135
Feb 27 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Grace Fong, "Consuming Poppies: Women’s Responses to Opium and the Opium Wars in Qing China" @ SSMS 2135 | Isla Vista | California | United States

Prof. Grace Fong,

Professor of Chinese Literature, McGill University

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Feb
28
Tue
2017
Graduate Seminar with Grace Fong @ HSSB 3030
Feb 28 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Graduate Seminar with Grace Fong @ HSSB 3030 | Santa Barbara | California | United States

Prof. Grace Fong,

Professor of Chinese Literature, McGill University

Discussion of her book, Gender, Agency, and Writing in Late Imperial China (Hawaii, 2008)

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