Secretary General: Satoko Fujiwara
Professor of the Department of Religious Studies, University of Tokyo, Japan.
B.A/M.A., Religious Studies, University of Tokyo.
Ph.D., History of Religions, the Divinity School, University of Chicago (Dissertation title: “The Emergence of the Sacred: A Historical and Theoretical Critique of a Key Concept in the Study of Religion”).
Fields of specialization: theories of religious studies, comparative study of religious education
Memberships in Professional Organizations:
- International Association for the History of Religions (Executive Committee member, 2010-present, Acting Secretary General 2017-2020)
- Science Council of Japan (Secretary of the Humanities and Social Sciences Section, 2016-2017, Vice-Chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Section, 2017-2019)
- Japanese Association for Religious Studies (Board member, 2019-present)
- The Japan Federation of Societies for the Study of Religions (General Secretary, 2010-present)
- A Critical Reflection on the “Communitarian Turn” in Religious Education: How the Call for Community Cohesion Has Affected Textbooks in England (in Japanese), Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2017.
- “Practicing Belonging?: Non-religiousness in Twenty-First Century Japan,” Journal of Religion in Japan, 8/1-3, 2019, pp.123-150.
- “The Current Conflict of the Faculties and the Future of the Study of Religion/s,” Religion, 50/1, 2019, pp. 53-59.
- “How Religious Diversity Is Represented and Taught in Asian School Textbooks,” in Religious Diversity in Asia, ed. by Jørn Borup, Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger, and Lene Kühle, Leiden: Brill, 2019, pp. 193-220.
- “Introduction: What Are the Issues in the 2010s? An Overview of the Current Study of Religions in Japan,” NVMEN, 66/2-3, 2019, pp.107-113.
- “Buddhism in RE Textbooks in England: Before Shap and After the Call for Community Cohesion,” Religion & Education, 46/2, 2019, pp.234-251.
- “The Reception of Otto and Das Heilige in Japan: in and outside the Phenomenology of Religion,” Religion, 47/4, 2017, pp. 591-615.
- “This Is not a Religion!: ‘The Treachery of the Images’ of Aum, Yasukuni and Al-Qaeda in Japanese Textbooks,” in Textbook Violence, ed. by Bengt-Ove Andreassen, James R. Lewis and Suzanne Anett Thobro, Sheffield: Equinox, 2017, pp.27-52.
- “Introduction: Secularity and Post-Secularity in Japan: Japanese Scholars’ Responses,” Journal of Religion in Japan, 5, 2016, pp.1-18.
- “Why the Concept of ‘World Religion’ Has Survived in Japan: On the Japanese Reception of Max Weber’s Comparative Religion” in Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion, ed. by Peter Antes, Armin W. Geertz and Mikael Rothstein, Sheffield: Equinox, 2016, pp. 191-203.
- “An Analysis of Sixty Years of Numen: How Much Diversity Have We Achieved?” in NVMEN, the Academic Study of Religion, and the IAHR: Past, Present, and Prospects, ed. by T. Jensen and A. W. Geertz, Leiden: Brill, 2015, pp.391-414.
- “Japan” in Religious Studies: A Global View, ed. by Gregory D. Alles, Routledge, 2008, pp.191-217.