Department of Religious Studies

Japanese Anthropology Workshop: "Religion, Ritual, and Identity in Japan"

Mon, March 1, 2010
Japanese Anthropology Workshop:
Entrance to the Buddhist temple at Chuusonji, located in Hiraizumi in Northern Japan

The 20th Conference of the Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS), co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, will be held on the UT campus from March 14-16, 2010.  The theme is "Religion, Ritual, and Identity in Japan."  More than 50 scholars from around the world will present papers that represent Japanese contexts within the broad scope of anthropological research. 

The Keynote Address will be provided by Delores (Lola) Martinez from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.  Dr. Martinez received her AB from Chicago and her Diploma and DPhil in Social Anthropology from Oxford.  She has been at SOAS since 1989 and is Reader in Anthropology with Reference to Japan.  Dr. Martinez has published extensively on religion, gender, tourism and popular culture in Japan.  Her publications include, Remaking Kurosawa: Translations and Permutations in Global Cinema (Palgrave 2009) and Identity and Ritual in a Japanese Diving Village (Hawai’i 2004) as well as numerous journal articles.

The Japan Anthropology Workshop is the world's largest organization of anthropologists conducting research and teaching about Japanese culture and society.  The conference brings together scholars from Europe, North America, and Asia to exchange research on topics related to Japan, usually focused on a specific theme.  JAWS promotes dialogue between scholars from a number of academic disciplines: from anthropologists interested in how the Japanese context can benefit their own fields of study, to scholars of Japan seeking ways to apply anthropological approaches to their work.  The conference has origins dating back to 1982, when anthropologists meeting at The Hague initially conceived of an organization focused on the anthropology of Japan.  Following their first conference in 1984, JAWS was officially formed.  For more information, visit

The conference is jointly sponsored by: Department of Religious Studies; Department of Asian Studies; Center for East Asian Studies; The Toshiba International Foundation

20th Conference
The University of Texas at Austin
March 14-16, 2010

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