Where the Texts Lead Us – Rethinking the Textual Approach to Buddhist Studies: Issues and Methodologies (資料に導かれる仏教研 – 問題提起と方法論)

Interdisciplinary Symposium and Workshops Hosted at the University of California, Santa Barbara

November 14 and 15, 2015
Humanities and Social Studies Building
6F, UC Santa Barbara

Organized by the Japanese research group on “International perspectives on interdisciplinary research on Japanese Buddhism”(多分野複合の視角から見た日本仏教の国際的研究)with the support of JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A).


  • Ōkubo Ryōshun (Waseda University),
  • Minowa Kenryō (Tokyo University),
  • Sonehara Satoshi (Tohoku University),
  • Kikuchi Hiroki (Tokyo University),
  • Uejima Susumu (Kyoto University),
  • Yoshida Kazuhiko (Nagoya City University),
  • Jose Cabezón (UCSB),
  • Fabio Rambelli (UCSB),
  • Dominic Steavu (UCSB)

Co-organized by UC Santa Barbara ISF Endowed Chair in Shinto Studies and UC Santa Barbara XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Chair in Buddhist Studies.

Co-sponsored by: Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, Department of Religious Studies, East Asia Center, Comparative Literature Program, and Translation Studies Emphasis at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Rethinking the Textual Approach to Buddhist Studies—Issues and
Date: Sunday, November 15, 2015
Location: McCune Conference Room,
Humanities and Social Studies Building
(HSSB, 6F, Room 6020)

Presentations and discussions will be made in Japanese and in English.

Graduate Student Workshops on Buddhist Textual Studies

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Location: IHC Research Seminar Room,
Humanities and Social Studies Building
(HSSB, 6F, Room 6056)

Enrollment Period Open: Quarter Abroad Program in Kyoto through UC Davis East Asian Department

UC Davis - Quarter Abroad in Kyoto (Spring 2016)

Dear Students,

Happy beginning of fall quarter.  My name is Aspen Felt and I’m the coordinator for the Quarter Abroad program in Kyoto through the UC Davis East Asian Languages and Cultures Department.  I’m happy to announce that this amazing program is now available to all UC students!

This program takes place in beautiful Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital. While attending Kyoto Seika University, students will enroll in accelerated language and culture courses, participate in exciting excursions, and spend spring quarter exploring the cultural riches that Kyoto and the surrounding regions have to offer. The program is divided into two levels, consisting of courses for those who have completed Japanese 2 or Japanese 5. In Japan, students will complete an entire year of Japanese in only one quarter.

Enrollment is now open and will remain open until December 4th, 2015.

Program spots are saved on a first completed, first reserved process.

Helpful Contacts for Students

Financial Aid:  Financial aid does apply and we recommend that students speak with the financial aid officers at both your home campus and Soua Lo here at UC Davis (sxlo@ucdavis.edu). As part of the process students will need a signature from the home campus financial aid officer, as well as home campus academic advisor.

Intercampus Visitor Process:  As part of the enrollment, non-UC Davis students will also complete the Intercampus Visitor program application.  More information about this process is available in the online enrollment: https://ucd-horizons.symplicity.com/index.php?au=&ck= For additional questions about the enrollment process as a UCLA student, contact Nicole Uhlinger (nmuhlinger@ucdavis.edu)

Program Details: For additional questions about housing, excursions and other program details, contact the program coordinator and advisor, Aspen Felt (alfelt@ucdavis.edu).

Academics:  This program carries a total of 18-22 quarter units. For questions about the classes taught on this program, you can contact the UC Davis Quarter Abroad Kyoto faculty leader, Joseph Sorensen (jsorensen@ucdavis.edu ). Course information and prerequisite equivalents can be found here.

I am also available for individual student appointments to discuss the program and answer any additional questions via email or over the phone.I hope to hear from you soon!



Aspen Felt  |  Program Services Coordinator
UC Davis Study Abroad
University of California, Davis
207 Third Street, Suite 120   |  Davis, CA 95616 U.S.A.
Phone: 530.297.4420   |   Email: alfelt@ucdavis.edu
Homepage: http://studyabroad.ucdavis.edu   |   Staff Profile


UCLA/UCSB Wahon Literacies Workshop

UCSB Participants and Workshop Leaders Top Row, Left to Right: Professor Ogawa Yasuhiko, Professor Nakajima Takashi, Professor Unno Keisuke, Professor Michael Emmerich Bottom Row, Left to Right: UCSB Graduate Student Travis Seifman, UCSB Professor Luke Roberts, UCSB Professor Katherine Saltzman-Li, UCSB Graduate Student Christoph Reichenbaecher

UCSB Participants and Workshop Leaders
Top Row, Left to Right: Professor Ogawa Yasuhiko, Professor Nakajima Takashi, Professor Unno Keisuke, Professor Michael Emmerich
Bottom Row, Left to Right: UCSB Graduate Student Travis Seifman, UCSB Professor Luke Roberts, UCSB Professor Katherine Saltzman-Li, UCSB Graduate Student Christoph Reichenbaecher

From August 31 to September 4, 2015, a 5-day workshop, “Wahon Literacies,” was held at UCLA and UCSB (beginning at UCLA, participants traveled on the third day to continue meeting at UCSB). The workshop, held in Japanese, was attended by 30 graduate students and faculty from US and international universities, and included UCSB graduate students Christoph Reichenbaecher (EALCS) and Travis Seifman (History), and Professors Luke Roberts (History) and Katherine Saltzman-Li (EALCS).

The workshop focused on the content and material aspects of wahon, literally “Japanese books,” books written in Japanese and bound in various formats according to period and genre. Participants considered the long temporal range of wahon production in the Classical, or Heian Period (794-1185), the “medieval” years (1185-1603), and the Early Modern, or Tokugawa Period (1603-1867). Workshop sessions were led by three eminent scholars from Japan: Professor Ogawa Yasuhiko (Aoyama Gakuin University), Professor Unno Keisuke (National Institute of Japanese Literature), and Professor Nakajima Takashi (Waseda University), who addressed Heian, medieval, and Tokugawa period writing and books, respectively.

A premise of the workshop was that lectures and hands-on sessions should be integrated over the five days to enable fullest understanding of the many topics addressed regarding wahon. Lecture-style presentations covered content, genres, format, calligraphy styles, and the specifics of the material components of books (paper and printing quality, differences among printings of the same title). Hands-on sessions included making a scroll and learning the proper way of handling and reading it, as well as making two styles of sewn books. The three professors also brought from Japan examples of the kinds of materials they discussed, and participants were able to handle and examine many fine volumes.

Wahon Literacies” was very generously subsidized by the Tadashi Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities, with sponsorship also from The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, as well as The Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies of UCLA. The Yanai Initiative at UCLA – led by “our own” Professor Michael Emmerich, who taught and leant his many talents to UCSB in our department from 2009-2013 – is supported by a gift from Tadashi Yanai, chairman, president and CEO of global apparel retailer Fast Retailing and founder of Uniqlo. The gift supports a six-year program of scholarly exchange on Japanese literature and culture between UCLA and Waseda University, as well as an annual international symposium at UCLA and an annual UCLA/UCSB workshop. We look forward to our continuing collaboration on the annual workshop, each to have its own theme, and are excited for the opportunity to participate in such a stimulating endeavor.

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Job Posting: Assistant Professor in Pre-modern Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications at the rank of Assistant Professor in Pre-modern Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies. Ph.D. in hand is expected by the time of the appointment. Applicants with specializations in all pre-modern literary periods will be considered, although preference will be given to Early Modern. As a department with a pioneering history in Early Modern Japanese Studies, we encourage new theoretical and methodological frameworks for examining the inherently interdisciplinary nature of early modern literature and culture. For applicants working in earlier periods, interdisciplinary approaches are also encouraged to match department and campus orientations and initiatives. The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for, and deep grounding in, textual and linguistic analysis; expertise in various forms of pre-modern Japanese language (bungo, kanbun, sorobun) and writing (hentaigana, kuzushiji); and the ability to teach graduate courses in his/her area of specialization and undergraduate courses of wider coverage in pre-modern Japanese literary history and Japanese Studies.

To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent to the Search Committee through UC Recruit, at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00495. Complete applications received by October 1, 2015, will receive full review. Inquiries about the position may be directed to the committee chair, Professor Katherine Saltzman-Li, at ksaltzli@eastasian.ucsb.edu.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Professor Dominic Steavu edits The Medieval History Journal’s first-ever issue devoted to East Asia

Prof. Dominic Steavu

Prof. Dominic Steavu

The UCSB Current has featured a spotlight on Dominic Steavu‘s editing of The Medieval History Journal devoted entirely to East Asia: “The Literary Subversive: Writings of Resistance in East Asian History.”

And for the first time in the flagship journal’s nearly 25-year history, an entire issue is devoted to East Asia, and more specifically to the roles of intellectuals in social and political domination/hegemonic ideologies. The result is the recently published issue, “The Literary Subversive: Writings of Resistance in East Asian History.”
- UCSB Current

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EALCS professor ann-elise lewallen, co-coordinator of the American Indian and Indigenous Collective (AIIC) Research Focus Group at UCSB, sponsored a symposium on: "Native Food, Native Wisdom."

The symposium on native food ways emphasized the connection between indigenous Americans and their traditional staples, matters that are of crucial importance to indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities in Asia, one of lewallen’s fields of expertise, as well. Author of the forthcoming book The Fabric of Ainu Indigeneity: Contemporary Identity and Gender in Colonial Japan (School for Advanced Research Press), lewallen addresses indigenous movements with respect to food, the environment, and survival in her teaching. For instance, in EACS 141/292EJ: Environmental Justice in Asia, scheduled for Spring 2015.

worms(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — For people who have been connected to the land it comes from for thousands of years, food is more than just a collection of calories and nutrients. For Native Americans, traditional staples can define their identity and represent their relationship to the earth, wind and sky. This point, so often lost in an age when processed foods and foods traveling long distances are commonplace, was driven home in a symposium on native food ways, biocolonialism and environmentalism. The conference at UC Santa Barbara was the first of its kind, and brought together scholars and students who approached the topic of food and indigenous culture from different perspectives. The symposium was sponsored by the American Indian & Indigenous Collective (AIIC) Research Focus Group at UCSB.

To view the complete story, go to http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2015/015075/native-food-native-wisdom

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Impressions from a Successful Conference on Child’s Play: Multi-sensory Histories of Children and Childhood in Japan and Beyond

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