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Center for Japanese Studies Seminar Series
Co-sponsored by the Department of Religion
Japanese Religions, Popular Culture and the Media
Elisabetta Porcu, Ph.D.
Numata Visiting Professor, Department of Religion, University of Hawai`i ,
Senior Researcher at the Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig
Japanese Buddhist institutions in contemporary Japan are striving to cope
with a series of major changes in the sociocultural sphere, including the
challenges of new dynamics related to globalization and of a world context
where economics is a dominant force. In this regard, the connection
between religion and the market has considerably intensified in the past
decades, while marketing strategies that are used by religious organizations
to address their adherents and potential converts have come to the fore.
This has become a common denominator in religious organizations and
has brought about the creation of marketable products that are thriving at
temples and shrines in Japan. Against this backdrop, Japanese Buddhist
denominations are making use of different communication formats that are
drawing on popular culture and its array of manifestations. In this talk, I
will present some results of my ongoing book project, Japanese Religions,
Popular Culture and the Media, and focus on the ways Japanese Buddhist institutions are employing these formats for proselytization and promotional
scopes together with the dynamics that lie behind and
characterize such communication strategies.
Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)
Thursday, April 11 (3:30–5:00 pm)
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