Day 1 February 25


9:30 – 9:45am Greetings

9:45 – 10:00am Introduction Fabio Rambelli (UCSB)

10:00 – 11:00am  Jason Josephson-Storm (Williams College)

“The Mystical “Occident” or the Vibrations of “Modernity” in the

Mirror of Japanese Thought”

11:00 – 11:15am coffee break

11:15 – 12:15  Carina Roth Al Eid (University of Geneva and UCSB)

“Essays in Vagueness: Aspects of Diffuse Religiosity in Japan”

12:15 – 1:45pm lunch break

1:45 – 2:45pm  Mauro Arrighi (Art Academy of Verona)

“Techno-Animism: Japanese Media Artists and their Buddhist

and Shinto Legacy”

2:45 – 3:45pm  Andrea Castiglioni (UCSB)

“Your Name? Spiritual Criss-Crossing and Spatial Ambiguity

in Contemporary Visual Culture”

3:45 – 4:00pm coffee break

4:00 – 5:00pm  Ellen Van Goethem (Kyushu University)

“Animated City: Life Force, Guardians, and Contemporary

Architecture in Kyoto”


Day 2 February 26


9:30 – 10:30am  Rebecca Suter (University of Sydney)

“The Spirit(s) of Modern Japanese Fiction”

10:30 – 10-45am coffee break

10:45 – 11:45am  Jolyon Thomas (University of Pennsylvania)

“Spirits as Mediums in Animated Media”

11:45 – 1:30pm lunch break

1:30 – 2:30pm Fabio Rambelli (UCSB)

“A Metaphysics of the Invisible Realm: Minakata Kumagusu on

Spirits and the Cosmic Mandala”

2:30 – 2:45pm coffee break

2:45 – 4:00pm Final Round-table Discussion