February 25, 2017 – February 26, 2017 all-day
America/Los Angeles Timezone
Social Sciences and Media Studies
Isla Vista, CA 93117
This conference is an attempt to take seriously the metaphysical implications of the contemporary Japanese culture of spirits. Presentations will analyze various modes of representation of spirits (in contemporary art, architecture, visual culture, cinema, diffuse spirituality) and at the same time addressing their underlying intellectual and religious assumptions which, in the case of a few important authors, were made explicit as part of larger philosophical endeavors. The papers will analyze specific cases of “animistic attitudes” in which the presence of “spirits” and spiritual forces is alleged, attempt to trace cultural genealogies of those attitudes, and produce conceptual maps of current animistic ideas about spirits.
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Organized by Fabio Rambelli, ISF Chair of Shinto Studies
UC Santa Barbara’s departments of: East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, Religious Studies, History of Art and Architecture, English, Film and Media Studies, Comparative Literature, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and East Asia Center.