Ellen Van Goethem's Lecture on the History of Heian Shrine

Ellen Van Goethem, Associate Professor of Japanese History and History of Ideas at Kyushu University, will give a lecture a lecture on Kyoto's iconic Heian Shrine - or Haian Jingu - on December 13 at the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies. The lecture is entitled: "Imitation, Deification, and Identity: Heian Jingu's Many Facades."

Inaugurated in 1895, Heian Jingu paid testament to Kyoto's ancient history, its role as the nation's capital for over 1,000 years, and the city's founder - Emperor Kanmu.

In this lecture, Professor Van Goethem will explore the complex narrative behind Heian Jingu's foundation, dealing with the fluid nature of Emperor Kanmu's image. Ultimately, the lecture traverses Heian Jingu's process of historical, social, and ideological transformation in what is sure to be an interesting discussion.

The lecture will be conducted in English and there is no registration necessary. The event is also free of charge.

@About the Speaker

Ellen Van Goethem holds a Ph.D. in Oriental Languages and Cultures from Ghent University. After having taught at Ghent University and Hosei University, she joined Kyushu University in 2011 to help establish the IMAP in Japanese Humanities. She is the co-founder of the Journal of Asian Humanities at Kyushu University (JAH-Q). Van Goethem specializes in the history and archaeology of the Asuka, Nara, and early Heian periods. Her current research an institutional and social history of Heian Jingu.

Date: December 13, 2019
Time: 4:30pm - 6pm
Venue: 101, Graduate School of International Cultural Studies, Kawauchi Campus, Tohoku University (Map)


Associate Professor Clinton Godart
Graduate School of International Cultural Studies, Tohoku University

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