Religion, Culture, and the Public Sphere in China and Japan
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Puts into an Asian, global and contemporary context Habermas' seminal 1962 work 'The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere'
Considers significant topics such as gender and minorities in relation to the building of the contemporary public sphere in China and Japan
Albert Welter is professor of Chinese religion and culture in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. He specializes in medieval Chinese Buddhism, and is exploring the impact of administrative policies on secularism and religion in China as well as Buddhist interactions with elite, literati culture.
Jeffrey Newmark is assistant professor of Japanese language and culture in the Program of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Winnipeg. His expertise lies in early modern Japanese intellectual history, particularly nineteenth century thought. He is currently investigating the public sphere in the late Tokugawa Osaka region.