Jolyon Thomas
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Jolyon Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a PhD from Princeton University, an MA from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and a BA from Grinnell College. His first book, Drawing on Tradition: Manga, Anime, and Religion in Contemporary Japan, was published by University of Hawai‘i Press in 2012. His second book, Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan, is now available from University of Chicago Press. With the generous support of a Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership/Social Science Research Council Abe Fellowship, he is now working on a third book, tentatively titled Difficult Subjects: Debating Religion and Public Education in Japan and the United States

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Now available from University of Chicago Press!

Now available from University of Chicago Press!

Available from University of Hawaii Press!

Available from University of Hawaii Press!

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A brief introduction to the main themes of Faking Liberties.

I talked with Pause & Select about some of the basic ideas of Drawing on Tradition.

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Jolyon Thomas, interview with Tristan Grunow, Japan on the Record, podcast audio, April 16, 2019. https://share.transistor.fm/s/2ed47766.

Jolyon Thomas, interview with Tristan Grunow, The Meiji at 150 Podcast, podcast audio, February 22, 2019. https://meijiat150.podbean.com/e/episode-96-dr-jolyon-thomas-penn/.

Jolyon Thomas, interview with Kristian Peterson, New Books in Religion Podcast, podcast audio, September 6, 2014. https://newbooksnetwork.com/jolyon-thomas-drawing-on-tradition-manga-anime-and-religion-in-contemporary-japan-university-of-hawaii-press-2012-2/.

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Courses in Fall 2019:

The Religion of Anime (lecture) MW 5–6; recitations F; film screenings TBA

Asian Religions in the Global Imagination (seminar) T 6–9