14–15 January The Nanzan Seminar for the Study of Religion and Culture (A Nagoya University JSPS Core-to-Core Program) was held, with 5 international PhD candidates and post-graduates presenting papers in Japanese.
19 January Paul Swanson travels to Osaka to serve as a commentator (along with the director Kitamura Minao) at a special showing of the documentary film “Shugen” on the Haguro Aki-no-mine practices.
24 January Presentation by Jolyon B. Thomas (University of Pennsylvania) on “Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan.”
22 February Tsuruoka Yoshio (University of Tokyo, Emeritus; 2018-2019 Roche Chair fellow) gave a talk on “‘Religion’ and ‘Mysticism’: Reflections on Forty-five years of Religious Studies.”
15 May Hans Ucko (2019-2020 Roche Chair fellow) gave a talk on the notion of awe.
15 May Ramona Fotiade from the University of Glasgow visits to discuss the possibility of collaboration with Institute members.
24 May Iyanaga Nobumi delivered a talk on “The Orient in the European Imagination from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century.”
14 June Satō Keisuke (Nanzan University) presented on the topic of “Religio-Philosophical Considerations on the Possibility of an Ethics for the Dead.”
27 June A workshop entitled “On the Cutting Edge of the Study of Religion and Gender, Part II” was organized by Kawahashi Noriko (Nagoya Institute of Technology) and Kobayashi Naoko (Aichi Gakuin University).
28 June Ikeuchi Suma (School of the Art Institute Chicago) gave a talk on “Pentecostalism among Ethnic Japanese in Brazil: Transnationalism and Christian Anthropology.”
26 August Dagmar Dotting, a doctoral candidate at the University of Vienna, joins the staff for a month as a visiting research fellow.
29 August–1 September The NIRC hosted the Fifth Annual Conference of the European Network of Japanese Philosophy on the campus of Nanzan University, on the theme “Philosophy and Beauty.”
17 January Thomas Kasulis, Prof. Emeritus, Ohio State University
17 June Paride Stortini, PhD Candidate, The University of Chicago
26 June Matthew Mitchell, Visiting Professor, Allegheny College
26 June Eric Swanson, Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University
31 July Yamada Tomoaki, Doctoral student, EHESS-Paris, Fonds Ricœur
26 September Ché Garcia, Doctoral student, Renmin University, Beijing
27 September Jackson Macor, MA student, University of Chicago Divinity School
2 October José González, MA student, Pontificia Università Urbaniana, Rome
8 October Derrick Lemons, Associate Professor, The Center for Theologically Engaged Anthropology, University of Georgia