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CYNTHEA BOGEL Last modified date:2017.05.19

Professor / Faculty of Humanities
Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Humanities


Graduate School
Undergraduate School


E-Mail
Phone
092-642-2370
Fax
092-642-2370
Academic Degree
Ph.D. 1995, Harvard University. M.A. Harvard University. B.A. 1980, Smith College
Field of Specialization
Japanese art history, pre-modern architectural history; East Asian Buddhist Culture and Visual Culture
Outline Activities
I conduct research and teach in the areas of Buddhist visual culture (Japanese and East Asian), especially pre-modern but also contemporary, Japanese art and architectural history, and East Asian cultural exchange.
Research
Research Interests
  • Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, Spring 2016.
    The research features the central Buddha in Yakushiji, Nara, an early-eighth-century temple
    keyword : Yakushiji temple, Yakushiji, Buddhist icon, Emperor Tenmu, Nara period
    2017.06~2017.08.
  • Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, Summer 2017.
    Detailed study of the Yakushiji temple history in Fujiwara and Nara, the icons made for the main hall at each temple, and the surviving Yakushiji triad
    keyword : Yakushiji temple, Yakushiji, Buddhist icon, Emperor Tenmu, Empress Jito, Nara period
    2017.06~2017.08.
  • Detailed study of the Yakushiji temple history in Fujiwara and Nara, the icons made for the main hall at each temple, and the surviving Yakushiji triad
    keyword : Yakushiji temple, Yakushiji, Buddhist icon, Emperor Tenmu, Empress Jito, Nara period
    2017.06~2017.08.
  • Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, Spring 2016.
    The research features the central Buddha in Yakushiji, Nara, an early-eighth-century temple
    keyword : Yakushiji temple, Yakushiji, Buddhist icon, Emperor Tenmu, Nara period
    2016.05~2016.07.
  • Kyushu University Interdisciplinary Programs in Education and projects in Research Development (P&P), “A New Proposal for the Eighth-Century Yakushiji Buddha Pedestal: A Copy of the Original and Its Historical Context”
    keyword : Japanese art history, Japanese visual culture, Buddhist Studies, East Asian Cultural Exchange, Buddhist Visual Culture
    2015.04~2016.03.
  • Kyushu University Interdisciplinary Programs in Education and Projects in Research Development (P&P) Grant
    keyword : Japanese art history, Japanese visual culture, Buddhist Studies, East Asian Cultural Exchange, Buddhist Visual Culture
    2014.04~2015.03.
  • JSPS (Kaken) Grant, Kiban C category
    Unexplored Avenues: The Esoteric and the Sacred in the Buddhist Arts and Temples of the Nara Period
    keyword : Japanese art history, Japanese visual culture, Buddhist Studies, East Asian Cultural Exchange, Buddhist Visual Culture
    2014.04~2017.03.
  • JSPS (Kaken) Grant for Start-Up Research,
    Ancient Japanese Esoteric Visual Culture, Icons, and Temples
    keyword : Japanese art history, Japanese visual culture, Buddhist Studies, East Asian Cultural Exchange, Buddhist Visual Culture
    2012.09~2014.03.
Current and Past Project
  • The ubiquity of modern telecommunication, transportation, and trade networks has elided numerous boundaries, resulting in an increasingly seamless and transnational world. The dismantling of these borders obscures the conspicuous role they once played in the political realities and imaginations of ancient societies. On the other hand, new national borders erase the historical and physical memory of ancient crossroads and boundaries, along with the cultures and exchanges engendered by them. Over the past couple of decades, marginalized areas have received greater attention in the humanities, yet they still remain underexplored. “Core” locations, institutions and entities still figure prominently in Japanese
    Studies. Examples include the Tokyo literary scene, the Kyoto traditional culture and arts scene, Kyoto and Nara religious institutions, and Tokyo-based bureaucracies.
    Our joint research will emphasize ancient borders within Japan and among its neighbors, the transmission of information and culture, and the omissions and assimilations that occurred in the process. As four experts from the fields of history, literature, visual culture, and religion, we propose an investigation of boundaries, frontiers, and other liminal spaces in Japan and Japanese Studies, ranging from the physical and material to the conceptual and symbolic. They include borders manifested or interpreted in the center as well as the study of frontiers in situ.
    Study travel, the examination of primary and secondary sources together, and discussions about sites and works of art and literature will benefit from meetings with experts in Japan and the presentation of our work at an international conference. Ultimately, our joint and individual investigations will be published.
  • Collaborative research on world outlook and text knowledge in Japanese medieval culture -- a look at material culture in eastern Japan
Academic Activities
Books
1. CYNTHEA BOGEL, Bogel, Cynthea, Seattle, Washington, USA, 476 pp., 2010.01, [URL].
Reports
1. CYNTHEA BOGEL, Tenure and Promotion Review, See above, 2017.01.
2. CYNTHEA BOGEL, Tenure and Promotion Review, See above, 2016.10.
3. CYNTHEA BOGEL, Tenure and Promotion Review, See above, 2015.08.
Papers
1. CYNTHEA BOGEL, “Buddhist Aesthetics,” ed. Michael Kelly, Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, volume 2 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014): 48–57., Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, volume 2 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014): 48–57., 2014.01.
Presentations
1. CYNTHEA BOGEL, "Cosmology Beneath the Master of Medicine: The Eighth-Century Pedestal at Yakushiji, Nara"
Yale University, New Haven, CT. Japan Colloquium Series at Yale University, Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University. 11/29/2016, Japan Colloquium Series at Yale University, Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University, 2016.11.29.
2. CYNTHEA BOGEL, “Moving Icons, Changing Contexts: Statues and Paintings in Ancient Japanese Temples and Comparative Questions for Bhutan”, The Inaugural lecture for the Wellington and Virginia Yee Art Lecture Series, 2015.11.13.
3. BOGEL CYNTHEA, 「結びのフレーム―薬師如来坐像台座をめぐって―」
Frames that Bind: A Consideration of the Yakushiji Yakushi Pedestal

, 国際シンポジウム Frames and Framings in a Transdisciplinary Perspective, 2015.03.07.
Membership in Academic Society
  • International Munakata Research Group
  • Japanese Art History Association
  • Japanese Art History Association, Western Division
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • College Art Association
  • Japanese Art History Association
Educational
Social
Professional and Outreach Activities
Editor of volume on Contemporary Buddhist VIsual Cultture and Thought.