Call for Papers: 2017 Ocha Zanmai Chanoyu & Tea Culture Conference

call for papers [150-2] The 4th Ocha Zanmai:

2017 San Francisco International Conference on
Chanoyu and Tea Cultures
Sunday, April 30, 2017
San Francisco State University
Theme: Chanoyu & Zen
There will be a zazen/meditation session.
坐禅もあります( 坐禅を組んで、あるいは椅子席にて瞑想)
Guest speakers 特別講師
Dr. Isao Kumakura, President of the Japanese Society for the Study of CHANOYU
茶の湯文化学会会長 熊倉功夫博士
Rev. Geppo Kobori, Abbot of Ryokoin, Daitoku Temple
大徳寺龍光院和尚 小堀月浦師


Submission Deadline: October 20, 2016

Who: All are invited to apply, including (but not limited to) scholars, students, artists, museum curators, tea practitioners, and tea manufacturers.

What: Any subject matter related to the conference theme “Chanoyu & Zen” will be considered, including but not limited to calligraphy by Zen priests (禅林)墨跡, Zen paintings 禅画, Zen words禅語, Zen spirituality inchanoyu 茶の湯における禅の精神性, Zen aesthetics in chanoyu 茶の湯における禅的美, tea masters and Zen 茶匠と禅.

How: Send an English abstract (250~500 words) for a 20~30-minute presentation with a separate cover sheet.  The cover sheet must contain the following information:

  1. title of the paper
  2. applicants’ full name
  3. position
  4. institution
  5. email address
  6. street address
  7. telephone number.

Please write the title on the top of the abstract page but do not write your name or institution that will identify you. The cover sheet and the abstract will be separated for blind peer reviews.

Where to send: Send the abstract with the cover sheet by email attachment (PDF format)

Publication: Successful applicants will have an opportunity to publish their papers in the conference’s proceedings volume.

Contact Info:
Midori McKeon
Professor of Japanese
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132

Contact Email:

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