The 61st GJS SeminarThe Politics of Prison Religion in Modern Japan

Date and time: November 8, 2019 (Fri.), 5:00-6:00PM
Venue: Lobby (1F), Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
Speaker: Adam Lyons (Postdoctoral Fellow, Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies)
Language: Japanese & English

Abstract: For nearly 150 years, prison chaplains have played an important role in Japanese prisons. This talk situates Japanese prison religion in the context of global prison history and chaplaincy studies by uncovering the political dimensions of religious labor in the correctional system. Why do Japanese prisons rely on chaplains? What do they do? What do contemporary chaplains think of their role? How does this history shed light on religion state relations in Japan?

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Organizer: The Global Japan Studies Network (GJS)
Co-organizer: Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA)
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