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October 2018 [Dates TBC]: The Times and the Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

August 2018 [Dates TBC]: Edinburgh International Book Festival

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.

Saturday 8th August 2015, 8pm: Archive on 4 documentary on ‘Misunderstanding Japan’, BBC Radio 4.

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

Sunday 16th November 2014: Sunday Feature on ‘Freud in Asia‘, BBC Radio 3.

November/December 2014: Remembering Japan at War: History Today, Aeon, and BBC History

September 2014: new book, Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan,published by Routledge.

Sunday 22nd June 2014: review in The Telegraph of Ben Shepard’s Headhunters: the Search for a Science of the Mind

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 13th May 2014: Discussion with Matthew Sweet on BBC Free Thinking: Godzilla and Hayao Miyazaki [from 33 mins]

April 2014: Short film for BBC TV Arts, on Japan’s cherry blossoms and depression

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].

February – April 2014: History for Schools: Making films with Massolit [watch a trailer and a full episode here]

January 2014: Aeon Magazine article on Christian meditation

December 2013: Radio column on BBC Night Waves: ‘Christmas in Japan’

December 2013: Discussion with Giles Fraser on BBC Night Waves: Religion and/vs Psychotherapy

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: Radio column on BBC Night Waves: ‘Psychoanalysis and Buddhism’

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

May 2013: BBC-AHRC ‘New Generation Thinkers’ announced

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]


”Christian Psychiatry’ in South India, 1947 – 1960′, at the Theology and Therapy Day Conference 2011: Wednesday 9th November 2011, University of Edinburgh Divinity School (New College).

‘Asian and European Religious Culture in the Making of Japanese Psychoanalysis: Findings from Heisaku Kosawa’s Personal Papers’, at the Japanese Society for the History of Psychiatry 2011 Conference: Saturday 29th October 2011, Aichi Prefectural University, Nagoya, Japan.

‘The Role of Post-Independence India in the Emergence of Christian Psychiatry and Psychologized Spirituality: Some Preliminary Historical Perspectives’ , at the University of Edinburgh Centre for the Study of World Christianity Seminar Series: Tuesday 4th October 2011

Furoito to Kosawa Heisaku [Freud and Kosawa Heisaku]’, University of Okayama (Japan), 23rd July 2011.

‘Prayer, LSD, and the Couch: Dr Florence Nichols and the Formulation of a ‘Christian’ Psychiatry in South India, 1949 – 1959’, University of Cambridge Centre of South Asian Studies, 4thMay 2011.

‘From Mission to Dialogue? Fr Bede Griffiths and Indian Christianity in the Wake of Independence’, Christianity in History conference, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 4thFebruary 2011.

‘From Mission to Dialogue? Fr Bede Griffiths and Indian Christianity in the Wake of Independence’, University of Oxford Commonwealth Research Seminar Series, 21st January 2011. [podcast available here]

‘New Atheism and the God Debate: Can the Historian Speak?’, Edinburgh University History Society, 19th October 2010.

‘Conversion as Social History: the North Indian Experience, 1880 – 1940’, presented to a symposium on religious conversion at the University of Lausanne, November 2009.

‘Psychoanalysis in India and Japan, c. 1920 – 1950’, Keio University, May 2009.

‘The Emergence of Psychotherapies in India and Japan, c. 1920 – 1950’, Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh, 24th April 2008.

‘Cultural Christians? Punjabis, Belgians, and Brits in the Battle to Socialize a Convert Generation, 1890 – 1910’, British Association for South Asian Studies, 26th March 2008.