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010094 VO Introducing East Asian Religious Arts (2019W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Due to Covid-19 and remote learning, essays can be submitted until June 30.

Monday 13.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Monday 13.01. 15:00 - 17:15 Seminarraum 8 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Tuesday 14.01. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Wednesday 15.01. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 8 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Monday 20.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Monday 20.01. 15:00 - 17:15 Seminarraum 8 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Tuesday 21.01. 13:15 - 17:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course offers insights into the religious arts of East Asia (China, Korea, and Japan).
Its aim is to explore the visual aspects of the religious traditions of East Asia (Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and the local and popular religions and their interactions with the greater traditions). The course also explores the special features, similarities, and differences of transmitting religious imagery between these cultures.

After completing the course, the students will be able:
• To recognise the specific iconographical and contextual features of religious arts in East Asia
• To understand the relationship between visual forms and religious practices in East Asia
• To understand the differences between art forms produced in China, Korea, and Japan related to a given religion

Assessment and permitted materials

One 3500 words essay: 100%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Basic knowledge of the development of religious imagery in China, Korea, and Japan.
Ability to orientate oneself in scholarly literature on the topic and to sum up discussions on the subject.
Basic knowledge of requirements for designing and conducting research in this field of study.

Examination topics

Presentations by teacher create an outline for selected readings and presentations of students. Presentations, as well as a selection of study literature, will be provided to the students electronically.

Reading list

Recommended Readings (selection):

S. Addiss,The Art of Zen(New York, 1989).
H. Brinker and H. Kanazawa,Zen Masters of Meditation in Images and Writings(Zurich, 1996)
C. G. Kanda:Shinzô: Hachiman Imagery and its Development (Cambridge, MA, 1985)
Clunas, Craig, Art in China. Oxford History of Art (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press 1997)
Grayson, James. Korea: A Religious History (London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2000)
Kim Wonyong. Art and Archaeology of Ancient Korea (Taekwang publishing, 1986).
Mecsi, Beatrix, An Introduction to Korean Art. In: Mecsi, Beatrix and Fajcsák, Györgyi (eds.), Land of the Morning Calm. Korean Art in the 18-19th centuries (Budapest: Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Art, 2012), pp. 38-55
Mecsi, Beatrix, Bodhidharma in China, Korea and Japan: Models for Representations and Commercialization of the Legendary Founder of Chan Buddhism in East Asia. In: Rui Oliveira Lopes (ed.), FACE TO FACE, Global Art Monograph Series (University of Lisbon, 2014), pp.170-200
Pak Youngsook and Whitfield, Roderick, Buddhist Sculpture. Handbook of Korean Art (Ye-Gyeong Pub Co. 2002)
Smith, Judith (ed.). The Arts of Korea (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998)
Whitfield, Roderick (ed.). Treasures from Korea: art through 5000 years (London: British Museum Publications, 1984)

Association in the course directory

066 800 M7; M17

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