Sea Religion in Japan

An international conference hosted at UC Santa Barbara.

June 13 to 15, 2016

This multidisciplinary conference gathers together scholars from several countries in what is perhaps the first systematic endeavor to address Japanese religious history from a maritime perspective.

The symbolic system underlying Japanese religion presupposes a continental, “landlocked” environment, centered on agriculture (especially rice cultivation) and focusing on mountains as the privileged sites of the sacred. Within this context, received scholarship tends to downplay (if not ignore altogether) the role of the sea in Japanese religiosities; this conference will be a significant contribution toward a shift in perspective in the study of Japanese religious history.

The conference papers will be published in a book edited by Fabio Rambelli.


University of California, Santa Barbara
McCune Conference Room
Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSSB) 6F, Room 6020
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Organized by:

Fabio Rambelli, ISF Endowed Chair in Shinto Studies

Sponsored by UC Santa Barbara’s:

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

College of Letters and Sciences

The Office of the Chancellor

Division of Humanities and Fine Arts

Department of Religious Studies

East Asia Center

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center

English Department

Program of Comparative Literatures

History Department

IHC RFG “Pagans: Interdisciplinary Encounters with Idolatry”

With the support of:

Toshiba International Foundation

Japan Foundation New York