Popular Japanese views of the afterlife

International Symposium


April 14
 Arrival of participants
18:30Meeting at the reception desk of Seminarhotel Springer-Schlößl and informal get-together
April 15
09.00 - 09.15Greeting Address Introductory Remarks
09.15 - 10.00Prof. Nelly NAUMANN (Professor emeritus, Universität Freiburg): Death and Afterlife in Early Japan
10.00 - 10.45Prof. Stephen F. TEISER (Princeton University): Rebirth in the Pure Land, Fear of Hell, the Invention of Bureaucracy, and Other Myths about Chinese Concepts of the Afterlife
10.45 - 11.15Coffee Break
11.15 - 12.00Dr. Christoph KLEINE (Berlin): Rebirth and Immortality, Paradise and Hell: Conflicting Views of the Afterlife in Ancient Japan as Reflected in Edifying Narratives from the Heian Period
12.00 - 14.00Lunch
14.00 - 14.45Prof. Neil MCMULLIN (University of Toronto at Mississauga): The Construction of the Afterlife and the Present Life in the Ôjôyôshû
14.45 - 15.30Prof. Friedrich A. BISCHOFF (Universität Wien): Chinese Concepts of the Afterlife according to the Djin Ping Meh
15.30 - 16.00Coffee Break
16.00 - 16.45Prof. KURODA Hideo (Tôkyô daigaku shiryô hensanjo): The Kumano kanshin jikkai mandara and the Lives of the People of Kinsei (paper will be read by Prof. Wakabayashi Haruko)
16.45 - 17.30Prof. KÔDATE Naomi (Tôkyô): Aspects of Ketsubonkyô Belief in Japan
April 16
09.00 - 09.45Mag. Bernd SCHEID (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien): The Double Soul in Medieval Shinto
09.45 - 10.30Prof. Harold BOLITHO (Harvard University): Life After Death? Two Opinions from the Early Nineteenth Century
10.30 - 11.00Coffee Break
11.00 - 11.45Dr. Marc McNALLY (Harvard University): A Shinto View of the Afterlife: Hirata Atsutane (1776-1843) and the Ancient Way
11.45 - 12.30Prof. Josef KREINER (Universität Bonn): Beliefs of an Other World in Ryûkyûan Religion
12.30 - 14.30Lunch
14.30 - 15.15Prof. WAKABAYASHI Haruko (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa): Hell Illustrated: A Visual Image of Ikai that Came from Ikoku
15.15 - 16.00Views of the Afterlife in the Popular Culture of the Tokugawa Period:

Mag. Susanne FORMANEK (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien): Jigoku no sata mo zeni shidai: Uses of the Paradise-and-Hell-Metaphor in the Gesaku Literature Prof. Sepp LINHART (Universität Wien): Caricatures Making Use of Hell in the Late Edo and in the Early Meiji Period

16.00 - 16.30Coffee Break
16.30 - 17.15Dr. Galen AMSTUTZ (Harvard University): Popular Views of the Afterlife in the Jôdoshinshû Buddhist Tradition
17.15 - 18.00Prof. Hartmut O. ROTERMUND (École Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris): The Afterlife in Meiji Period Sermons
April 17
09.00 - 09.45Prof. Peter KNECHT (Nanzan University, Nagoya): Kuchiyose: Calling the Dead
09.45 - 10.30Dr. Lisette GEBHARDT (München): The Other World in the Light of a New Science - Spiritism in Modern Japan
10.30 - 10.45Coffee Break
10.45 - 11.30Prof. Yohko TSUJI (Cornell University, Ithaca): Raise as a Mirror of Gense: From Legally Required Ancestor Worship to Modern Mortuary Rituals
11.30 - 15.00Lunch and Excursion to the Cemetery of St. Marx and the Wiener Bestattungsmuseum (Funerary Museum)
15.00 - 15.45Prof. William LAFLEUR (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia): The Afterlife of the Corpse: How Popular Concerns Impact upon Bioethical Research in Japan
15.45 - 16.30Inken PROHL (Freie Universität Berlin): Solving Everyday Problems with the Help of the Ancestors: Representations of Ghosts in the New Religions Agonshû and World Mate
16.30 - 17.00Coffee Break
17.00 - 17.45Prof. YAMADA Yôko (Kyôto University) and Prof. KATÔ Yoshinobu (Aichi Shukutoku University): Representations of the Soul and the Circulatory Cosmology in Contemporary Japanese Youth
17.45 - 18.30Final Discussion
19.00Visit to a typical Viennese tavern (Heuriger)


14. - 17.April 1999