Conference Program

Please note – Friday is the public session, all other days are closed.

Wednesday, November 13th

5:00 – 8:00pmMeet and Greet for Early Arrivals (Optional)
Boca Tacos, 533 N. 4th Avenue, Tucson



Thursday, November 14th

ENR2–N595, Closed Session

9:00 – 9:30am

Coffee and Light Breakfast (in ENR2)


9:30 – 10:00am

Welcome Remarks and Group Introductions

10:00 – 11:30am

 Workshop Session One:

From Donation to Display: Votive Paintings at Itsukushima Shrine
Hilary Snow, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


11:30 – 12:30pm

Lunch Break (provided for participants in ENR2)


12:30 – 2:00pm

Workshop Session Two:

A White-Crested Wave of Wasted Rice:
Famine Prevention and the Logistics of Altruism in Edo Japan
Joshua Schlachet, University of Arizona


2:00 – 2:30pm

Coffee Break (in ENR2)


2:30 – 4:00pm

Workshop Session Three:

Early Modern Japanese Literature is Dead!
Long Live Early Modern Japanese Literature!
William Hedberg, Arizona State University


6:30pm Group Welcome Dinner
La Cocina, 201 N. Court Avenue, Tucson

*Comments by Katsuya Hirano, UCLA and open discussion with all participants following each workshop session.


Public Sessions

Friday, November 15th

ENR2–S210, Public Session

9:30 – 10:00am

Coffee and Light Breakfast (in ENR2)


10:00 – 10:30amOpening Remarks
Albert Welter, Department Head, East Asian Studies 
10:30 – 12:00pm

Symposium Session One:
Narrative, Form, and Sino-Japanese Influence in Edo Print Culture

Knowledge, Rebound: The Shifting Meaning of Imagery from Chinese Huapu to Japanese Gafu
Mai Yamaguchi, Princeton University

Playing with Narrative in Late-Edo Period Popular Fiction
Jingyi Li, University of Arizona 

A Study of Hakuwa Sources in Eight Dogs
Shan Ren, University of Oregon

Discussant: William Hedberg, Arizona State University


12:00 – 12:30pm

Lunch Break (provided for attendees and participants in ENR2)


12:30 – 1:00pmKeynote Speaker: Katsuya Hirano, UCLA
The Predicament of Modernity and Histories of the Tokugawa ‘Enlightenment’:
On the Interpretations of Practical Learning 
1:00 – 2:30pm

Symposium Session Two:
Ideas, Images, Objects on the MoveAdaptation Across Borders

Simultaneity, Sexuality, and Morality: An Iconophiliac Approach to Visual Adaptations of the Jin Ping Mei in Early-Modern Japan
Zhaokun Xin, Arizona State University

Cinnamon and Snake-Oil: The Dutch Global Medicine Trade in Early Modern Japan
Claire Cooper, Princeton University

Zen Monks, Confucian Literati, and Chinese Émigrés: Lives and Identities of Itsunen Shoyu and Dokuryū Shōeki in Edo Japan
Jinhui Wu, University of Arizona

Discussant: Joshua Schlachet, University of Arizona


2:30 – 3:00pm

Coffee Break (in ENR2)


3:00 – 4:30pm

Symposium Session Three:
Public Spaces / Private Lives in Edo Japan

Residence as Aesthetic Public Space: The Culture of the Literati Residence in 19th century Japan
Meiyan Wang, SOAS, University of London

Pilgrimage and Politics: The Role of Ōnoya ton’ya in the Monzenmachi of Dazaifu Tenmangū”
Alexander Evans, Kyushu University

Strangers and Fellows: Investigating the Posthumous Care of Non-Family Members in Edo Japan
Kristina Buhrman, Florida State University

Discussants: Hilary Snow, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


4:30 – 4:45pmClosing Remarks
Takashi Miura, University of Arizona


7:00pmReception, 4627 E. 10th Street, Tucson

Saturday, November 16th

ENR2–N595, Closed Session

8:30 – 9:00am

Coffee and Light Breakfast (in ENR2)


9:00 – 11:00pm

Planning and Reflection Session
Why Interdisciplinary Edo? Ideas for Future Collaboration

11:00 – 11:30pmFarewell Remarks, Formal End to Workshop
12:30 – 4:00pmTucson Sightseeing Tour (Optional; Lunch provided)
Saguaro National Park
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum


Our Sponsors

This workshop was made possible thanks to a Faculty Research Grant from the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Department of East Asian Studies Department, Department of Religious Studies and Classics, and Center for Buddhist Studies for their generous support of our program.

For any questions, please contact Joshua Schlachet at