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.
I’ve recently completed a video abstract of my new Religion Compass article, “Religions Policies of the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945–1952.” The article should be coming out any day now was just published on 25 September 2014. The video abstract outlining my motivations for writing the article is immediately below; the text abstract is below the fold along with a downloadable PDF of the article.