Public Lecture : ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DEAD IN JAPAN: AMBIGUITY AT THE MARGINS OF LIFE AND DEATH
Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
|講演者:||Professor John Traphagan
Department of Religious Studies
University of Texas, Austin
About the Speaker:
John W. Traphagan, Ph. D. is Professor of Religious Studies, Asian Studies, and Anthropology and Centennial Commission in the Liberal Arts Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Rethinking Autonomy: A Critique of Principlism in Biomedical Ethics (State University of New York Press, 2013), Taming Oblivion: Aging Bodies and the Fear of Senility in Japan (State University of New York Press, 2000) and The Practice of Concern: Ritual, Well-Being, and Aging in Rural Japan (Carolina Academic Press, 2004), and co-editor of several volumes, the most recent being Imagined Families, Lived Families: Culture and Kinship in Contemporary Japan (State University of New York Press, 2008).
This talk explores how Japanese handle non-routine, problematic situations involving the care of the dead. Drawing upon personal narratives of hauntings, dream visitations, and split-grave internments, as well as other ethnographic data collected over several years of research in rural, northern Japan, we show the central importance of ongoing ritual attention and more general attentiveness to the needs of the dead as a means of maintaining proper emplacement of ancestral spirits over time. Ongoing concerns about maintaining connections between the dead and their proper loci is a manifestation of concerns about constructing and maintaining social relationships among the living and between the living and the dead, providing Japanese a way to physically represent and work through social problems displaying interdependencies and using valorized forms of action. In their emphasis on emplacement as an ongoing process, informants’ narratives display a connection between emplacement and embodiment, and reveal a different way of thinking about alterity, the divide between the living and the dead, and the possibility of its transcendence through the sincere actions of the living.
|参加費:||This event is free of charge. Registration at the door.|
The Contemporary Japan Research Group of WIAPS