CAAS Unit, Institute of Japan Studies, African Studies Center, and Institute of Transcultural Studies will hold a workshop on cults and spirits on January 23, 2020. Dr. Yasuo Matsunami, our specially appointed researcher, will also give a presentation on spirit posession in Ethiopia.
This interdisciplinary workshop was set up with two main objectives: a) to display some of the interesting research conducted at TUFS and b) to bring both faculty and students together in a relaxed atmosphere. Please join us on:
◆Title: Contemporary Spirit(ual) Cults: Revival or Continuity? - An Interdisciplinary Workshop
◆Date & Time: Thursday, January 23, 2020 3:00 - 5:30 pm
◆Venue: Room 104, Research and Lecture Building
Chair: Dr. Iris Haukamp (Lecturer, Institute of Japan Studies) and Prof. Shinichi Takeuchi (Director and Professor, African Studies Center)
3:00 - 3:20 pm Prof. Ratana Tosakul (Retired Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Sociology & Anthropology, Thammasat University; TUFS Open Academy)
"The Spirit Cults of Baby Ghosts in Globalized Thailand"
3:20 - 3:40 pm Dr. Yasuo Matsunami (Specially Appointed Researcher, African Studies Center)
"Healing Ritual or Cause of Suffering: Spirit Possession in Rural Ethiopia"
3:40 - 4:00 pm Dr. Fabio Gygi (Lecturer, SOAS; Visiting Professor, Institute of Japan Studies)
"Re-enchanting the Doll: Ningyō Kuyō and the Return of Animism"
4:00 - 4:20 pm Prof. Tsutomu Tomotsune (Professor, Institute of Japan Studies)
"Decoding Asahara Shoko's Prison Notes: Aum Shinrikyo and Its Disciples"
4:20 - 4:35 pm Comment: Dr. Kosit Tiptiempong (Lecturer, Institute of Global Studies)
4:35 - 4:50 pm Comment: Dr. Takanori Oishi (Lecturer, African Studies Center)
4:50 - 5:30 pm General discussion
◆No pre-registration is needed.
◆Jointly organized by CAAS Unit, Institute of Japan Studies, African Studies Center, and Institute of Transcultural Studies