Janine T Anderson Sawada Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies

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Research Areas

research overview

Janine Sawada specializes in the religious and intellectual history of early modern Japan. She is currently studying the evolution in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries of ideas and practices related to the worship of Mt. Fuji, with particuar attention to the debate over prayer rituals (kaji kitō) and economic values.

research statement

Janine Sawada's early work dealt with the popularization of Zen Buddhist and Neo-Confucian ideas and practices among the working classes of Japan during the eighteenth century. More recently she researched groups that advocated diverse forms of personal cultivation in the early nineteenth century and eventually developed into conservative political coalitions in the early Meiji period. Her work has encompassed the development in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries of Shinto-type new religions, Confucian-inspired revival movements, divination practices, and Rinzai Zen communities. Professor Sawada is currently studying the early modern development of religious practices centered on Mt. Fuji.

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