Programs & Projects Study Groups
Art and Japanese Esoteric Buddhism Study Group examines the Shingon and Tendai schools of Buddhism and its relationship with Japanese artistic traditions. Topics of discussion include the role of temples and monasteries in developing Esoteric art traditions, relationship between pictorial representations and textual practices, role of sacred sites and pilgrimages in the emergence of Esoteric art traditions, popularization of Esoteric Buddhist temples in the early modern period, and comparisons between the Japanese and Chinese Esoteric traditions and practices.
Contemporary Japanese Politics Study Group was established in 1999 to better understand key trends in Japanese politics and its foreign policy, to focus a scholarly eye on key policy issues. The study group is co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations.
cinEncounters was established in 2012 to create a forum for critical engagement with lesser known masterpieces of Japanese cinema from the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond. From the Japanese “New Wave” to pink films, from anime to documentary, monthly film screenings emphasize a collective encounter with the unexpected, the uncharted, and the unusual in Japanese film. In addition to group discussion of films, filmmaking techniques, and the stories and histories behind them, whenever possible we will will invite noted critics, filmmakers, and scholars with expertise on specific films to join in our discussion either in person or via Skype. All films will be shown with English subtitles and no prior knowledge of Japanese is required.
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