Book Contract with University of Chicago Press

I’m happy to announce that my manuscript Japan, the American Occupation, and the Problem of Religious Freedom has been accepted for publication with University of Chicago Press. The book will appear as part of the new Class 200: New Studies in Religion series edited by Kathryn Lofton and John Lardas Modern. Description of the book follows after the jump.
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A Buddhist Profit? New Post Up At Sacred Matters

September 24 was a big day. I gave the annual Day Lecture at the University of Alabama and I had another blog post go up at Sacred Matters. This piece is my third for the online magazine, which has been a great outlet for some of my “fun” writing projects.

This particular piece is on Buddhism and capitalism. Like my forthcoming article in Material Religion it resists the easy move of saying that using Buddhism to market things is an affront to the tradition. You can read the post here.

2015 Day Lecture, The University of Alabama

I’m gearing up for a trip to Alabama (my first time in the state) to deliver the 3rd annual Zachary Daniel Day Lecture at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. My talk, “The Buddhist Virtues of Raging Lust and Crass Materialism in Contemporary Japan,” is based on a forthcoming article with the same title (Material Religion, due out late 2015/early 2016). A short video abstract of the talk is below.


Joining the Conversation on the Politics of Religious Freedom at PluRel

This week I had the good fortune to be invited to respond to an exchange between Elizabeth Shakman Hurd (Northwestern University) and Ed Brown (Stefanus Alliance International) hosted at the Norwegian PluRel blog. Hurd and Brown offered two very different takes on a meeting held in Oslo last month at which signatories representing several different nations signed a charter upholding their commitment to protecting religious freedom.

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