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Published on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 by Sarah Zingraff

Summary

The East Asian cultural sphere has figured prominently in recent collections of research on new religious movements, Theosophy and global therapeutic cultures, while it continues to attract the attention of scholars working on civil society and self-help movements. But, although we are often aware of the complex entanglements between these seemingly separate areas of interest, we seldom have the opportunity to discuss such entanglements in and beyond East Asia. At the same time, in the last twenty years, significant scholarship has been published in East Asia on this topic.This conference aims to offer such a chance by inviting academic contributions to reflect on the intertwined relationship between spirituality, healthcare and social movements in East Asia from a trans-national/local/cultural perspective. As a time of unprecedented changes and accelerated global interactions, our focus lies on the period between the nineteenth to the twentieth-first centuries.

Announcement

Presentation

The East Asian cultural sphere has figured prominently in recent collections of research on new religious movements (e.g. Pokorny and Winter 2018, Clart, Ownby and Wang 2020), Theosophy (e.g. Rudbog and Sand 2020, Krämer and Strube 2020) and global therapeutic cultures (e.g. Nehring et al. 2020, Harrington 2008), while it continues to attract the attention of scholars working on civil society (e.g. Read and Pekkanen 2009) and self-help movements (e.g. Cliff et al. 2017, Palmer 2007).

But, although we are often aware of the complex entanglements between these seemingly separate areas of interest, we seldom have the opportunity to discuss such entanglements in and beyond East Asia.

At the same time, in the last twenty years, significant scholarship has been published in East Asia on this topic (recent books include Yoshinaga et al. 2019, Ichiyanagi 2020, Imura and Hamano 2021 in Japan, Zheng 2018, Zhang 2020 in China and Cheon Myeong-soo 2009, Park Seung-gil et al. 2019 in South Korea).

This conference aims to offer such a chance by inviting academic contributions to reflect on the intertwined relationship between spirituality, healthcare and social movements in East Asia from a trans-national/local/cultural perspective. As a time of unprecedented changes and accelerated global interactions, our focus lies on the period between the nineteenth to the twentieth-first centuries.

We understand that East Asia is not a monolithic or readily-identifiable entity, but rather a historical construction that has been constantly reshaped and re-invoked for multiple reasons and by a number of actors, many of whom have come from outside the political frontiers of China, Japan and Korea.

Moreover, whereas an “East Asian-centred” approach might be initially helpful to counterbalance “Euro-american-centred” perspectives still prevalent in academic settings, East Asia – however defined – has flourished in a changing, closely interconnected world.

The emergence of new religious movements like Theosophy, Falungong and Taireido, or the popularisation of acupuncture, reiki and hypnosis worldwide, for instance, challenge reductionist binary views of East/West, tradition/modernity, science/religion.

Likewise, the recent dissemination of New Age practices across East Asia or the ongoing study of Buddhist meditation by American and European psychiatrists seem to reflect broader concerns that, for the past two centuries or so, have ignored national and cultural borders – and whose wider social implications are more visible than ever.

Simply put, a transnational or connected perspective (Subrahmanyam 1997) on spirituality and healthcare has much to contribute to a more thorough understanding of East Asia and the world as we know it today.

Program

1st day (06/11)

  • EANASE and Professor Yoshinaga Shin’ichi: An Introduction to the Conference

Session 1 : entangled histories

  • Confucius, Spiritual Mentor of Spiritism in Brazil, André Bueno (Rio de Janeiro State University)
  • Mysticism from West to East : Yanagi Muneyoshi, the Thuswise, and Modern Japanese Literature, Joshua Rogers (Vassar College)
  • Purging Tensions : Emotional Release Practices and the Embodiment of State Ideology in the Chinese Body-Mind-Spirit Milieu, Anna Iskra (The University of Hong Kong)

Respondent : Jason Ānanda Josephson Storm (Williams College)

2nd day (13/11)

Session 2 : entangled bodies and emotions

  • Mindful Breath Coaching : Development of a Contemporary Shingon Therapy, Nathan Jishin Michon Graduate Theological Union)
  • Breath of Consciousness, Tancredi Marrone(Masaryk University)
  • The I Ching and Esotericism : East and West, Geoffrey Redmond (Independent scholar, New York City)
  • Oracles as Seen in the Historical Documents of the Shinto Miho Church, Eiko Namiki (International Christian University)

Session 3 : entangled audiences

  • Pop-Spirituality : Representations of Western Esotericism within the East Asian Pop-Culture, Andrej Kapcar(Masaryk University)
  • Incorporating Spirituality and Mind-Body Medicine into an Undergraduate Medical Humanities Curriculum, Erin Prophet(University of Florida)
  • Health and Spirituality of Brazilian Practitioners of Chinese Religions in São Paulo, Matheus Oliva da Costa (University of São Paulo)
  • Indonesian Confucianism : An Ethnographical Observation, Yong Chen (El Colegio de Mexico)

3rd day (20/11)

Session 4 : 1960s-1970s, an entangled turning point

  • How Qi Became Energy : Parapsychology and Alternative Medicine in 1970s America, Emily Baum (University of California, Irvine)
  • An Alternative “Personalised” Medicine : Five-Element Acupuncture in the Late 1960s-80s Britain, Yi Yang (University College London)
  • Occult Entanglements : Esoteric Buddhism, Yoga, and Supernatural Powers in Postwar Japanese Discourse, Han Sang-yun (Tohoku University)
  • A Nostradamus for Japan : Contemporary Depictions of Shōtoku Taishi as a Doomsday Prophet, Orion Klautau (Tohoku University)

Session 5 : entangled identities

  • Rethinking the Relationship Between Indigenous Spiritualities and Healthcare from the Philosophies of Mutux, Risaw Walis (University of Leeds)
  • Ki Suryŏn in South Korea : Reclaiming the Term Pigwahakchŏk (Unscientific) to Rebuild Korean National Identity, Victoria Ten (Independent scholar)
  • Gendering Spiritual Habitus : Body-Mind-Spirit Practitioners in Hong Kong, Lok Hang Fung & David A. Palmer (University of Hong Kong)
  • A Study on the Historical Sociology of East Asia and Donghak, Park Seijoon (Duksung Women’s University)

4th day (27/11)

Session 6 : authorial entanglements

  • Shin Buddhism and Self-Cultivation, Regina Yoshie Matsue (Federal University of São Paulo)
  • Zen, Jung, and Psychotherapy (cancelled), Josephine Selander (ETH Zurich) (cancelled)
  • Honour Religion, Beware of Religions : Traditionalism’s Hidden “Chinese” Roots, Davide Marino (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Suzuki and Swedenborg : An Introduction, Federica Sgarbi (Doshisha University)

Session 7 : therapeutic entanglements

  • Qiscapes 氣穴音景: Reading the Cross-Cultural Body, Michelle Lewis-King (Institute of Creativity and Innovation, University for the Creative Arts, Xiamen University)
  • The Influence of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the History of Naturology in Brazil, Fábio Stern (Catholic University of São Paulo)
  • A Collaboration Between Mother and Baby : Sophrology in Maternity Clinics in Japan, Pamela Runestad (Allegheny College)
  • The Mysterious Warriors : Aikido and Taijiquan at the Beginning of the 20th Century, Guilherme Amaral Luz (Uberlandia Federal University)

Inquiries

For more details, including registration, please visit https ://eanase.com/conference-schedule/.

For inquiries, please contact eanase.conf.2021@gmail.com.

Event format

Full online event


Date(s)

  • Saturday, November 06, 2021
  • Sunday, November 21, 2021
  • Sunday, November 28, 2021
  • Saturday, November 13, 2021

Keywords

  • esotericism, new religious movements, healthcare, east asia, transnational history

Contact(s)

  • Luis Fernando Bernardi Junqueira
    courriel : eanase [dot] conf [dot] 2021 [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Luis Fernando Bernardi Junqueira
    courriel : eanase [dot] conf [dot] 2021 [at] gmail [dot] com

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« Spirituality, Healthcare and Social Movements in East Asia. A Transnational Perspective », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, https://calenda.org/926449

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