Formations of the secular in Japan
Researchers: Aike Peter Rots & Mark Teeuwen
This project traces genealogies of the secular in Japan, taking into consideration both pre-modern precedents and moments of modern transformation and adaptation. It seeks to contribute to the emerging ‘global comparative perspective’ in the study of secularism, by interpreting the process of shaping and re-shaping ‘the secular’ in Japan in the light of on-going theoretical debates.
We will raise the question whether it is possible to speak of pre-Meiji Japanese secularities, and investigate how Japanese secularities have been reshaped and renegotiated at different junctures until the present day.