Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom, American-Occupied Japan, and Postwar Politics (Northwestern University)
I’ll be visiting Northwestern University to talk about Faking Liberties.
A widespread historical narrative suggests that Buddhists failed to defend religious freedom in prewar and wartime Japan. But religious freedom was not a universal principle that Buddhists failed to understand or protect. Rather, Japan’s 1889 constitutional guarantee of religious freedom enrolled Buddhists in the project of defining “real religion” in order to free it.
Difficult Subjects: Religious Freedom, American Occupation, and Postwar Education (SSRC/Japan Foundation Abe Fellow Talk)
A Social Science Research Council/Japan Foundation Abe Fellow Talk at I-House
When Americans occupied Japan at the end of WWII, they claimed that Japanese religion was a political problem and declared religious freedom a solution. But in doing so, the occupiers ignored a long history of debate about religious freedom in Japan. Their narrative also masked competing interpretations among Americans themselves about was religion was and how it could be freed. This talk traces the lasting consequences of those debates, both for Japan and the world.
Lecture: April 4, 4:00–5:30, Nau 342
Primary Source Reading Workshop: April 5, 12:00–13:30, Nau 441
Book talk: 2 April 2019, 16:00 in Cupples I, Room 215
Brown bag work-in-progress lunch: 3 April 2019, 11:30–13:00 in Busch Hall 18
Guest lecture in “Animism and Animation” 3 April 2019, 14:30–16:00 in Cupples II 230