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2012-2014 MA Religious Studies (Distinction)
Lancaster University, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Dissertation title: “From a representation to a struggle of ‘soft’ authority. Locating religion in advertising of Japan’s inbound tourism and its role in the geography of imagination: the case study of the travel industry.”
2007-2011 BA (Hons.) Japanese Studies (First Class)
The University of Manchester, Department of East Asian Studies
Dissertation title: “Religion and entertainment (shūkyō asobi) – the commercialization of tradition in Japan? Relationship between advertising and religious life of Japanese people.”
2004-2007 BA (Hons.) English Studies with Japanese (Final classification 2:1)
Poznan College of Modern Languages, formerly The College of Foreign Languages in Poznan, Poland
Dissertation title: “The Cultural Clash of American and Japanese Cinematography.”
The ongoing problem of religious decline and the loss of spiritual identity – what is the relationship between religion, region and communal identity in Japan today?
Main Supervisor: Dr Erica Baffelli, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies
Co-supervisor: Dr Chika Watanabe, Lecturer in Social Anthropology
My research explores the realities of local Japanese Buddhist temples and their communities in the Japan’s shrinking regions battling depopulation and effects of Japan’s ageing society. This project addresses important questions of community erosion, consequences of social change, and institutional and community-level survival of Japanese Buddhism; and broadens the discussion on the current state of Japanese Buddhism by presenting a localised case study of a Jodo Shinshu bodaiji temple located in the northern parts of Hiroshima Prefecture.Based on 12 months of ethnographic fieldwork of living at the temple, and data collected there, it examines the currents of change influencing notions of belonging and socio-economic existence within the temple and its broader communal, regional, and organisational frameworks.
The funding for my research has been jointly provided by two UK’s research councils: Economic and Social Research Council, and Arts and Humanities Research Council; as well as by the University of Manchester through the President’s Doctoral Scholar Award.
Japanese religions, Japanese Buddhism, religion and socio-demographic changes, religion and tourism, temple economics, Buddhist modernism, religion and gender, ethnographic method, anthropology of Buddhism