Conference: The Life and Legacy of Tokugawa Ieyasu

call for papers [150-2]A conference to examine the legacy of Tokugawa Ieyasu will be held at Durham University on the 7th-9th of June to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Ieyasu’s death falling this year. We are delighted to invite you to join us. The provisional program is as follows. Further updates and registration details are available on the website:

7th June

13:00 Welcome and opening remarks

13:15 Panel on religion

Chair: Richard Bowring

Nathalie Kouamé — Why did Ishin Sûden, the Ieyasu’s éminence grise, write an anti-Christian edict in 1614 ?

Sonehara Satoshi — The deification of Tokugawa Ieyasu and religious observances at the Toshogu

15:15-15:45 Afternoon tea

16:00 Keynote address: Prof. Mary Elizabeth Berry, University of California, Berkeley

Conference dinner


8th June

10:00-12:00 Panel on intellectual and cultural history

Willem Boot — Hagiography – But for Whom? – Tokugawa Ieyasu in later bakufu historiography.

Peter Kornicki — Why did Ieyasu get interested in printing?

Rebekah Clements — Ieyasu and “public” debate, the case of Hayashi Razan

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-15:00 Panel on Material culture

Chair: Drew Gerstle

Matsushima Jin — Mt. Fuji and Tokugawa Shoguns: The Political Science of Images in Kano Paintings.

Morgan Pitelka — Material culture, deification of Ieyasu, and the Tokugawa family

Angelika Koch — Ieyasu’s time: his clock(s) and their legacy


9th June

10:00-12 noon Tour of Durham Castle and the Oriental Museum

With thanks to The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Faculty of Arts, Durham University, School of Modern Languages and Cultures Durham University, Japan Research Centre SOAS, Durham Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and Japan400.

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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