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Lectures
The Roles and Representations of Animals in Japanese Art and Culture

June 7 at 10:30
East Building Auditorium

The program will be streamed live here.

10:30–10:35
Introduction
Robert T. Singer, curator and head, department of Japanese art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

SPIRITUAL AND SUPERNATURAL WORLDS
10:35–11:05
The War of the Twelve Animals: Anthropomorphosis and Allegory in Medieval Japan
Sarah E. Thompson, curator of Japanese art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

11:05–11:35
A Compassionate Heart for Pitiful Beasts: Animals in Japanese Religions
Barbara Rossetti Ambros, professor in East Asian religions and department chair, department of religious studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and co-chair, Animals and Religion Group, American Academy of Religions

11:35–12:05
Bookish Beasts: Reading Animals in Japanese Illustrated Fiction
R. Keller Kimbrough, professor of Japanese, department of Asian languages and civilizations, University of Colorado, Boulder

12:05–1:15 BREAK

THE NATURAL WORLD
1:15–1:45
East Meets West: The Introduction of Exotic Animals to Japan
Rory A. W. Browne, director of the academic advising center and associate dean of Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Boston College

1:45–2:15
Let the Animals Speak/The Language of Animals in Japan
Daniel McKee, adjunct assistant professor and bibliographer, department of Asian studies, Cornell University

2:15–2:45
Art, Science, and the Representation of Nature
Federico Marcon, associate professor of East Asian studies and history and director of graduate studies, Princeton University

2:45–3:00 BREAK

THE MODERN WORLD
3:00–3:30
Animals in Contemporary Japanese Art and Fashion
Miwako Tezuka, consulting curator, Reversible Destiny Foundation

3:30–5:00
Discussion
Robert T. Singer will moderate a discussion with the symposium speakers

Related Exhibition

The Life of Animals in Japanese Art
June 2 – August 18, 2019
East Building, Concourse Galleries

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