Mellon Decade Fellow Kevin Carr presents, “The Hagiography of Place: Illustrated Legends of the Zenkōji Triad and the Formation of Sacred Cartographies in Medieval Japan.”
In medieval Japan, why did people make pilgrimages and donate to religious centers? What role did the visual arts, material culture, ritual, cartography, and narrative play in constructing a collective perception of sacred places across the Japanese landscape? Through close examination of the visual and textual narratives recounting the foundation of Zenkōji temple in central Japan, this talk will explore fundamental themes of destruction and absence, salvation and rebirth in the medieval Japanese imagination.
Tuesday March 13, 2018
5:30 pm-6:30 pm