Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture was founded in
1976 and incorporated into Nanzan University in 1979. Nanzan
University is a leading university in Japan that distinguishes
itself with an international perspective on studies. The
University is a constituent educational institution of a
regional educational complex: Nanzan Gakuen.
community of scholars that make up the Institute is dedicated to
promoting dialogue among religions, philosophies, and cultures.
Its ample facilities and resource materials attract scholars
from within Japan and around the world. It has shaped itself as
much to the skills and interests of its researchers as to the
changing face of religion in Japan and Eastern Asia.
Primarily, the Institute assists foreign scholars, religious
leaders, and other interested persons in gaining a better
understanding of religions in Japan. It was also instrumental in
initiating an exchange among Buddhist and Christian monastics
from Japan and Europe, a project that has continued to this day
and has come to be known as the “East-West Spiritual Exchange”.
The preparation and publication of monographs, open seminars for
the general public, colloquia with visiting scholars, symposia,
regular discussions of research in progress and a wide array of
publications also form part of the Institute’s ongoing academic
development of the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture is
reflected in the publication of an English-language scholarly
Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, a
nonsectarian English language journal devoted to Japanese
Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
is supported by an international Advisory Board and Editorial
Consultants composed by leading research institutions such as:
Aichi Gakuin University, Harvard University, Aichi Gakuin
University, Taishō University, Nanzan University, University of
Manchester, University of Tokyo, Princeton University,
International Research Center for Japanese Studies, University
of Notre Dame, Tsukuba University, University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill, University of Pittsburgh, University of London,
Nagoya Institute of Technology, University of Colorado at
Boulder, University of Illinoisat Urbana-Champaign and
University of California, Berkeley.
Through Asian Ethnology, - a peer-reviewed
English-language journal - the Nanzan Institute for Religion and
Culture seeks to deepen understanding and further the pursuit of
knowledge about the peoples and cultures of Asia.
journal began in China as Asian Folklore Studies in 1942.
Acutely aware of the changing demands of the academic and
educational communities - in an increasingly interconnected
world - it was retitled to be published as Asian Ethnology
in 2008 at Nanzan University in Japan, with a collaborative
relationship with the University of Iowa in the United States to
co-edit the journal. The new name of the journal takes advantage
of a more inclusive identity that welcomes the contributions of
scholars from various academic disciplines, all focused on the
manifestations of people's life and cultures of Asia, including
their territorial expansion and their historical development.
Its Editorial Advisors belong to major institutions such as:
Indiana University, University of Pittsburgh, Bucknell
University, Lancaster University, American Museum of Natural
History, Boston University, Australian National University,
University of Melbourne
encourages intellectual exchange between Asia and the rest of
the world. To do so, it publishes formal essays and analyses,
research reports, and critical book reviews relating to a wide
range of topical categories, including:
narratives, performances, and other forms of
popular religious concepts,
vernacular approaches to health and healing,
collective memory and uses of the past.
Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
and Asian Ethnology are published semi-annually. Their
full content – including issues as Contemporary Religions in
Japan and Asian Folklore Studies – is available at Asia-Studies
further information, please visit:
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