Spring Events 2017


Lindsey E. DeWitt (JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Kyushu University)
Crafting the Sacred: Envisioning and Observing Mount Ōmine
Friday 27th January, 7 PM, 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
Co-sponsored by the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture and the Center for Buddhism and East Asian Religions
No registration required

International Symposium
Rethinking Authorship in East Asia and Europe
Fri. 10th March, 9:00AM - 5:00PM [Sessions in English]
Sat. 11th March, 9:30AM - 6:00PM [Most sessions in Japanese]
403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
Registration is now closed. We sincerely apologize to those whose reservation we could not take due to limited seating available to the public.
Click here for the program
Co-sponsored by the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University; Ryusaku Tsunoda Center of Japanese Culture, Waseda University, and Global Japanese Studies Model Unit, Waseda University Top Global University Project, supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology-Japan

Abe Yasuro (Nagoya University) and Abe Mika (Historiographical Institute, The University of Tokyo)
Medieval Japanese Culture Lecture Series (Conducted in Japanese)
      Abe Yasuro, “Gods and Text/Image in Medieval Japanese Paintings: Kamiyo monogatari (Tale of the Age of the Gods) and Hikohohodemi no mikoto
     Abe Mika, "Reading Engaku, An Illustrated Tale of a Monkey Couple That is Reborn in the Pure Land"
Tuesday 28th March, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
Co-sponsored by Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture
No registration required

Kären Wigen (Professor of History, Frances and Charles Field Professor, Stanford University)
Mapping History in Tokugawa Japan
Thursday 30th March, 6pm, 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
No registration required

Edward Boyle (Assistant Professor, Kyushu University)
Writing Japan's Territory into the World: the Cartographic Creation of the Ezochi
Monday, 10th April, 6:00 PM, 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
No registration required

Giorgio Biancorosso (Associate Professor (Music), School of Humanities, The University of Hong Kong)
Steel, Synth, and Silk: The Musical Worlds of Martial Arts Cinema
Tuesday 11th April, 6:00 PM, 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
Co-sponsored by the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, Heyman Center for the Humanities, The MA in Film and Media Studies, and Department of Music
No registration required

Columbia University Libraries presents

Takahiro Sasaki (Professor, Shidō Bunko, Keio University)
Japanese Book History: Workshop
Friday 21st April, 2pm-6pm, 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
Co-sponsored by Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, and C.V. Starr East Asian Library
Presentation in Japanese with English Translation
Registration will be required (TBA)

2016-2017 Soshitsu Sen XV Distinguished Lecture on Japanese Culture

Minae Mizumura (Award-winning novelist and author of The Fall of Language in the Age of English, A True Novel, and Inheritance from Mother)
Miracles of Language and Literature in Modern Japan
Thursday 27th April, 6pm, Faculty House, Columbia University
RSVP requested by March 30th at RSVP-SEN@keenecenter.org (please indicate first and last name of each attendee, your organization/company name, and email address)


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