Public Lectures

This page gives you the detail of CISMOR lectures. We report on the past public lectures to return the results of our research to society.

As for closed meetings or workshops, click here for more information. At the international workshop, a specific theme is discussed and studied in-depth with invited researchers from all over the world. Through these workshops, we hope to form a global network of researchers for the interdisciplinary study of monotheistic religions.

Date Title Speaker
Hoffman’s Fiction: At the Crossroads of Religions and Cultures Professor Yigal Schwartz (Department of Hebrew Literature, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Cross-Cultural Aspects of Reconciliation: Psychological Features Affecting the Israeli-Palestinian Relations and the Path to Peace in the Middle East Professor Arie Nadler (School of Psychological Sciences, Tel Aviv University)
Kazzu Kinoshita’s World: A Chance Encounter with Egypt and Muslims Mr. Kazzu Kinoshita (Aritist)
Between the Heaven and the Human:The Macro-history,Macro-parado and Macro-trend of “Sino-christian Theology” Movement. He Guanghu (Professor, Renmin University of China/ Research Fellow, Institute of Sino- Christian Studies, Hong Kong)
The 5th International Conference on Values in Religion Junya Shinohe (Professor of Doshisha Unviersity / Director of CISMOR)
Samir Nouh (Visiting Professor of Doshisha University)
Hiroshi Tone (Ph.D. Program of Doshisha University)

Paul and Judaism Moriyoshi Murayama (Professor of Doshisha University)
Etsuko Katsumata (Associate Professor of Doshisha University)
2016 Presidential Election and the Future of U.S. Domestic & Foreign Policy Speaker- Mr. Elliott Abrams (Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations)
Moderator- Mr. Naoyuki Agawa (Doshisha University)
Discussant- Dr. Koji Murata (Doshisha University)

【For Students and Academics】CISMOR Seminar “Laozi as a God: What Was Lost in the Western Imagination of Daoism?” Prof. James Robson (East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University)

James Robson is Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is the Director of Undergraduate Studies, East Asian Studies, and has served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Regional Studies East Asia M.A. program. He teaches East Asian religions, in particular Daoism, Chinese Buddhism, and Zen, as well as the sophomore tutorial for concentrators. Robson received his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford University in 2002, after spending many years doing research in China, Taiwan, and Japan. He specializes in the history of medieval Chinese Buddhism and Daoism and is particularly interested in issues of sacred geography, local religious history, talismans, and Chan/Zen Buddhism. He has been engaged in a long-term collaborative research project with the École Française d’Extrême-Orient studying local religious statuary from Hunan province. He is the author of Power of Place: The Religious Landscape of the Southern Sacred Peak [Nanyue 南嶽] in Medieval China (Harvard, 2009), which was awarded the Stanislas Julien Prize for 2010 by the French Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres and the 2010 Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism. Robson is also the author of "Signs of Power: Talismanic Writings in Chinese Buddhism" (History of Religions 48:2), "Faith in Museums: On the Confluence of Museums and Religious Sites in Asia" (PMLA, 2010), and "A Tang Dynasty Chan Mummy [roushen] and a Modern Case of Furta Sacra? Investigating the Contested Bones of Shitou Xiqian." His current research includes a long term project on the history of the confluence of Buddhist monasteries and mental hospitals in Japan.
Matteo Ricci: A Missionary in China and His Legacy in Japan Professor M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J. (Director, Ricci Institute for Chinese- Western Cultural History,University of San Francisco )

Professor Mika Murakami ( School of Theology, Doshisha University)
【For Students and Academics】CISMOR Seminar: Study Abroad in Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S. Prof. Thomas Henry Rohlich (Associate Kyoto Program (AKP) at Doshisha University)

Prof. Thomas Henry Rohlich did his BA in Asian Studies (1971), an MA in Japanese Literature (1974), and Ph.D. in Japanese Literature (1979) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research was on classical Japanese literature, first monogatari, later waka.
He taught at the University of Iowa from 14 years (1982-96) before moving to Smith College in 1996, retiring as a Professor of Japanese (literature) in June 2015. He has served as the Resident Director of the Associated Kyoto Program at Doshisha University for four years, 1992-93, 1993-94, 2007-08, and 2015-16 (his current appointment). He also served as the Chair of the Board of Director of the Associated Kyoto Program from June 2003-June 2007, campus representative for the Program at Smith College for a number of years, and a member of the Faculty Committee for Study Abroad at Smith College for many years.
【For Students and Academics】CISMOR Seminar: Mithraism in Pannonia Dr. Blanka Misic (Department of Ancient Civilizations, Champlain College Lennoxville, Canada)

Dr. Blanka Misic is an instructor in Humanities and Ancient Civilizations at Champlain College Lennoxville (Quebec, Canada). She received her B.A. in Classical Studies from Bishop's University, Shrbrooke (Canada), M.A. in Classics from McMaster University (Canada), and Ph.D. in Classics from Royal Holloway, University of London (UK). In her Ph.D. thesis, "Cults and Religious Integration in the Roman Cities of the Drava Valley (Southern Pannonia)", she explored religious and cultural identities in the settlements of Poetovio (Ptuj, Slovenia), Aquae Iasae (Varazdinske Toplice, Croatia), Iovia-Botivo (Ludbreg, Croatia) and Mursa (Osijek, Croatia). She has conducted research in the field of Roman socio-cultural history; focusing on issues of religion, ethnicity, cultural integration, and the concept of identity in the Roman Empire. Dr Misic is currently negotiating a publishing contract with Bloomsbury Publishing for a monograph entitled “Identities in the Graeco-Roman World”.
On Seeing God Dr. Sulaiman bin Ali bin Amir ALShueili (Sultan Qaboos University College of Education, Islamic Sciences Department)
International Conference “Police, Internal Security and community” Wrokshop:
1.MS. MICHELE GREGORIO(Exective Manager -IPSA)
2.MR. IKUYA YOSHIMURA (Representative Director - Glocal Vision, Inc., Former National Police Agency Foreign Affairs and Intelligence Department International Counter-Terrorism Division Deputy Director)
3.MR. TORES SMITH(Regional Board Member - American Region, IPSA)
4.Dr. NAOFUMI MIYASAKA (Professor - National Defence Academy)
5.DR. MUSAED AL NAJJAR(Regional Board Member - Asian region, IPSA)
6.DR. MOHAMMED OUDAIMAH (Lecturer - University of Tokyo)
7.MR. SAMEER ABDELMOTTLEP(Police Officer - Los Angeles Police Department))

Public Lecture: Dr. Mamdooh A.Abdelmottlep
Executive Chairman of IPSA (International Police Science Association), Sharjah, UAE
The Formation of Yahwistic Monotheism: an Archaeological Approach Sugimoto, David T. (Professor, Keio University)
Terrorism in the context of regional and global politics Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (President of NGO JUST* based in Malaysia)
  *JUST: International Movement for a Just World