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Friday 2nd November 2018: talk for Creative Mornings, London – tickets HERE.

Wednesday 31st October 2018: launch of Japan Story at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in London. Online booking available HERE.

Friday 5th – Sunday 7th October 2018: The Times and the Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival:

Wednesday 5th September 2018: Chair: ‘Crisis? What Crisis?’ keynote discussion at the British Association for Japanese Studies conference, University of Sheffield (with Gennifer Weisenfeld and Mōri Yoshitaka).

Sunday 25th February 2018: Chair: ‘Japan Now’, Introductory Session (with Richard Lloyd-Parry, Suzanne Mooney, Kyoko Miyake), British Library.

Sunday 19th March 2017: Public Talk: Killing Time in Imperial Japan, BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival, Gateshead.

Saturday 18th March 2017: Discussion with author and Buddhist meditation teacher Haemin Sunim, BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival, Gateshead

Saturday 25th February 2017: Chair: ‘Japan – Outside Influences’, Japan Now (one-day event), British Library.

Monday 19th December 2016: Public Lecture: Madness and Moral Panic in Japan, Meiji to the Present Day, Japan Society, London.

Saturday 15th October 2016: Seminar Paper: Buddhism, Christianity, and Psychotherapy: A Three-Way Conversation in the Mid-Twentieth Century, Towards Transcultural Histories of Psychotherapies, University College London.

Wednesday 27th January 2016: Seminar Paper: Buddhism, Politics, and Japan’s First Psychotherapists: 1930s – 1960s, SOAS Japan Research Centre Seminar, SOAS, London.

Friday 27th November 2015: Seminar Paper: Japan’s Freud: Kosawa Heisaku and Buddhist Modernism, University of Oxford Nissan Seminar series.

Thursday 26th November 2015: Seminar Paper: Reaching out to the Buddha in Modern Japan: Psychotherapy and Buddhism as Two Sides of a Coin, Oxford Brookes University Europe-Japan Research Centre. [This page will be updated with event information]

Monday 5th October 2015: Seminar Paper: ‘Religion’ and ‘Culture’ as Therapeutic Categories in the Work of Kosawa Heisaku, Symposium on Religion and Culture, Keio University, Tokyo.

Saturday / Sunday 3rd & 4th October 2015: Seminar Paper: A ‘Japanese’ Psychotherapeutic Style? Kosawa Heisaku’s Clinic, 1930s to 1960s, Japanese Society of Transcultural Psychiatry 2015 Symposium, Keio University, Tokyo.

Thursday 10th September 2015: Conference Paper: Confronting the Interwar West: Kosawa Heisaku and ‘Buddhist’ Psychoanalysis, British Association for Japanese Studies Annual Conference 2015, SOAS, London.

Monday 6th July 2015: Conference Paper: Remaking Freud for Japan: Psychoanalysis as Spiritual Path, International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia, Paris.

Friday 6th March 2015: Seminar Paper: Pursuing Kosawa Heisaku’s Project: How Compatible are Religion and Psychotherapy, in Japan and Beyond? ‘Mental Health in Japan Conference’, the University of Pittsburgh.

Thursday 12th February 2015: Research Seminar: Placing Japan’s First Psychotherapists, 1930 – 1950, Nissan Seminar Series, University of Oxford

Friday 30th May 2014Public discussion on The Therapeutic Role of Meditation: Secular, Buddhist, and Christian CATASPerspectivesUniversity of Edinburgh Divinity School. 

Thursday 15th May 2014: Public Seminar: ‘Spiritual’ versus ‘Mental’ Health in Japan and the UK [Durham University ‘Spirituality, Theology, and Health’ Seminar [see here for video of the seminar]

Tuesday 11th March 2014: Research Seminar: The Politics of Mental and Spiritual Health: India, 1920s to the Present Day, SOAS South Asian History Seminar  [see here for further info].

Friday 20th December 2013: Research Seminar: Iyashi to Supirichuaritii: Gendai Igirisu to Nihon no hikaku kara [Spirituality and Healing in Japan and the UK], Okayama University Literature Department Seminar.

Saturday 26th October 2013: Public Talk: Therapy vs Prayer, BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking festival, The Sage, Gateshead. Listen via iPlayer.

Free Thinking

9th October 2013: Research Seminar: Religion and Psychiatry in Japan and India: Medical, Social, and Intellectual Challenges, Keio University Research Seminar, Tokyo.

June 2013: Religion and Society event at Daiwa Foundation Japan House

6th March 2013: Research Seminar: Religion and Psychotherapy: In Theory and In the Work of Kosawa HeisakuKyudokaikan, Tokyo.

14th December 2012: Research Seminar: ‘Doing Psychoanalysis in the Spirit of Shinran’:The Relationship Between Therapy and Worldview in the Lives of Japan’s First PsychoanalystsAsian Society for the History of Medicine Conference, Keio University (Hiyoshi Campus), Yokohama, Japan. [podcast/slides]


3rd & 4th November 2012: Research Seminar: ‘Psychiatry, Spirituality, and Humanist Internationalism: Placing Japan’s First Psychoanalysts’, British Association of Japanese Studies (Japan Branch) Conference, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.

Wednesday 15th February 2012: Public Talk: ‘Priapic Positivism vs Psycho-Spirituality: Shrinks and Gurus in Nehru’s India’, Edinburgh University History Society, the Teviot Lecture Theatre.

8th February 2012: Research seminar: ‘After Rationalism: the Birth of Psychologized Spirituality as a Legacy of Colonialism, 1947 – 1960’, University of Leeds Imperial and Colonial History Seminar. [For details see here]