HISTORY OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE THOUGHT

Academic year
2016/2017 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
STORIA DEL PENSIERO DEL GIAPPONE MODERNO E CONTEMPORANEO
Course code
LM0880 (AF:224471 AR:107238)
Modality
On campus classes
ECTS credits
6
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
L-OR/20
Period
2nd Semester
Course year
1
Where
VENEZIA
The course has the purpose of clarifying the processes of acculturation of religions in different cultural contexts. For this reason it will analyze on the one side the diffusion of Christianity in Japan and on the other side the diffusion of Buddhism in the USA, from the first missionary activities in Asia in the XIX century till the new American religious movements that characterize the contemporary spirituality.
It is required a good mastery of the Japanese schools of Buddhist tradition.
The course will analyze the phases of the diffusion of Christian traditions ib Japan and of the Buddhist schools in the USA, from the end of the XVIII century to the present. The course will try to shed light on the religious messages, on the missionary strategies, on the profiles of the various spiritual leaders, and on the problems of the impact of these new and foreign religious movements with the autochthonous religious and ideological discourses related to the impact with the religious "alterity".
MULLINS, Mark R. (edited by), Handbook of Christianity in Japan, E.J. Brill, Leiden 2003.

MULLINS, Mark R., Christianity Made in Japan: A Study of Indigenous Movements, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu 1998.

SEAGER, Henry R., Buddhism in America, Columbia University Press, New York 2003.

PREBISH, Charles, Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America, University of California Press, Berkeley 1999.

Other additional texts will be suggested during the course
oral
Oral exam
1. all the programme
2. the students will be required to make research on a specific topic and to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint.
Lectures, with the use of audiovisual material
Italian
If foreign students will attend the course, the lessons will be given in English.
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book