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Religious Subjectifications from the Experience of the Northeast Japan Disaster  (Conferences / Seminars / Lectures)

Part of the Asian Studies Center Colloquium on Transnational East Asia

"Translation, Mysterious Others and Transference: Religious Subjectifications from the Experience of the Northeast Japan Disaster"

Six years have passed since Northeast Japan was hit by the triple disaster. But people in Northeast Japan have been aching in their hearts, and their indescribable experiences force us to rethink the theory of religious subjectification. The process of religious subjectification sheds light on the act of translation and transference when we think of our relationship with the dead. The dead take on the roles of mysterious others in Lacanian sense in order to construct our subjectivity. This talk explains how the experience of the triple disaster's survivors allows us to find new ways of understanding subjectivity and to theorize the unique characteristics of 'religious' subjectification.

Jun'ichi Isomae is professor at International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Tokyo.

Location: 303 Wells Hall [map]
Price: free
Sponsor: public
Contact: Asian Studies Center
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