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Department of Cultural History

About the department

The Department of Cultural History comprises four major fields of study: history, art history, history of philosophy and history of religion. In our department we aim to nurture the ability to understand the cultural activities of human beings from these diverse points of view.

美術史関係

In the field of history, a comprehensive study of Eastern and Western cultures helps to develop students’ awareness of cultural traditions. Courses in the history of Japan outline the history of the Japanese society and culture from ancient times to the present day. Courses in the modern history of Japan deal with such issues as the influence of Edo Era intellectuals upon the social thought of the time, as well as the relationship of religions upon the birth of the nation state in the Meiji Era. These classes are taught by specialists on these times.

海外研修旅行

In the field of art history, students learn about the history of painting and sculpture; especially that of the West and Japan. In the study of Japanese art history, a prominent specialist gives lectures on topics such as the Buddhist statues of the Kamakura Era. In studying Western art history, students learn about the arts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, with a focus on Gothic architecture, stained glass, and early Netherlandish painting, under the guidance of specialists on these times.
In the field of philosophy, lectures on the history of philosophy and thought about international relations, covering the span of time from ancient time up to the present age are offered. It is hoped that students will acquire fundamental knowledge and wisdom about the Western classical philosophies, apply it in pursuing solutions to the ethical issues of our modern age, consider the ideological movements relating to war and peace in the period from the modern age to the present day, and thus will learn how to connect thoughts with practical solutions.

Seisen is a Catholic university and the study of the history of religion is a core field in our department. Students may renew their understanding of the historical development of Christianity through studies about the Bible and the history of Christianity, taught by specialists. A unique feature is that we provide lectures in which the process of the acceptance of Christianity in Japan is studied through the analysis of such aspects as its reception among athletes and movie characters in the modern age.

Students in our department are expected to choose one of the above four fields and write a thesis on a theme within that field. Students, however, can take classes in all of the various fields and gain in-depth knowledge and wide perspectives. For example, combined studies on Korean missions in the Meiji Era and on the international relations between Japan and Korea, or Japan and China, can give clear and multifaceted images of modern East Asian history. Or, studies of the Netherlands in the 15th century from the perspectives of Western history as well as art history can place varied themes about art and religious protocol into one culturally-organic context. Thus, the Department of Cultural History offers its students a program of study based on versatile and interdisciplinary viewpoints.

Faculty

梅澤秀夫教授

Hideo Umezawa
Title 
Professor

Field of Specialization
History of Japanese early modern thought

狐塚裕子教授

Yuko Kitsunezuka
Title 
Professor

Field of Specialization
Modern Japanese history

I specialize in the relationship between Japan's modern politics and religion, in particular religious administration through the Ministry of Education, which was the religious administrative authority in the early Meiji era.  In recent years, I have been doing research about the Japan-Korea relations in the early Meiji era, in particular the Korea inspection group (Shinshi Yurandan) from the viewpoint of how the Japanese side took this and how it influenced the policy towards Korea afterwards.

鈴木崇夫

Takao Suzuki
Title 
Professor

Field of Specialization
Philosophy, Ethics, History of Western thought

For the time being, I have been working on the basic problem of philosophy "How should we live" from the viewpoint of the relationship between happiness and moral norms.  I have been putting the thoughts of Spinoza (17th century Holland) and Kant (18th century Germany) as the center of my research.  Currently, I continue to think of the above problems through the work of exploring the essence of science, art, religion and their meanings for human beings.

高野禎子教授

Yoshiko Takano
Title 
Professor

Field of Specialization
History of western medieval art

I study the iconography of stained glasses of Chartres Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle (Paris).  In the research on historical backgrounds and the iconographical program, I am paying particular attention to the theme of "The Revelation of St. John the Divine" and "The Last Judgment" ; Chartres South Rose Window, Sainte-Chapelle Western Rose Window in details.

中見真理教授

Mari Nakami
Title 
Professor

Field of Specialization
International Relations Thought

山本勉教授

Tsutomu Yamamoto
Title 
Professor

Field of Specialization
History of Japanese art

History of Japanese sculpture from ancient times to modern times.  After accumulating accurate descriptions and empirical interpretations about the sculpture of the Kamakura period in particular, I am using the gathered materials and concentrating on considering the development of sculpture history of the same period and the issues of sculptors.  At the same time, based on that foundation, I aim to do comparative studies with art history in other regions including the Oriental region.

井上まどか専任講師

Madoka Inoue
Title
Associate Professor

Field of Specialization
Religious studies and religious history, History of religion in modern Russia

History of religion in modern Russia, in particular relationship between the state and religions since the dissolution of the Soviet Union

大井 知範 准教授

Tomonori Oi
Title
Associate Professor

Field of Specialization
Modern Western history, History of international relations

Focusing on the movement of modern Germany and Austria (Habsburg Empire) towards overseas, I am trying to understand it in the large framework of modern globalization.  In particular, I focus on the historical aspects of politics, military, science, culture, thought, and explore the views of the two countries towards overseas and how they were involved with the modern world.

木川弘美准教授

Hiromi Kigawa
Title
Associate Professor

Field of Specialization
History of Western art

My research is focussed on the history of Early Nederlandish Painting and includes the study of all kinds of visual art forms such as religion and art, subculture and art, with a special interest in the relationship between society and art.

坂田 奈々絵 専任講師

Nanae Sakata
Title
Lecturer

Field of Specialization
History of Christian thought

・Relationship between theological thought and monastic culture in the 12th century
・Reception and interpretation in the Latin world of Greek mythological thought
・Theology of tears in medieval Christianity

藤本猛専任講師2

Takeshi Fujimoto
Title
Lecturer

Field of Specialization
History of modern China

I study the Song Dynasty in China, especially the late Emperor literati Hui Zong, who led the dynasty to extinction by ignoring politics at the end of the North Song dynasty.  In addition, by institutionally examining the political activities done by the eunuchs of the Northern Song Dynasty, I aim to form a new image of Song History.

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