IKGF Lecture Series, Winter Semester 2020/2021 - Divining the Future and Averting Misfortune in Japan: The Case of Shugendō George Klonos (East Asian Religions; IKGF Visiting Fellow)

Nov 24
24. November 2020 18:00 Uhr bis 20:00 Uhr

The International Consortium for Research in the Humanities „Fate, Freedom and Prognostication. Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe“ of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg is delighted to announce its series of lectures to be held on Tuesday evenings (unless stated otherwise) during this coming winter semester 2020/2021. The lectures intend to give our visiting fellows as well as invited guests the opportunity to present their research in the context of our consortium. As always, we warmly invite your participation.

The initial lecture by Prof. Dr. Jessey Choo (Rutgers University, New Brunswick) on „Virgin Mothers and Hell-Bent Sons: Daoist Ritual for Delivering Mothers from Blood Lake Hell“ is organized in cooperation with the Chair of Sinology, FAU, and will take place on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 6:15 p.m..

All lectures will be accessible via Zoom. Online participation is open to everybody. Please, register anytime at

The lectures will start at 6:15 p.m. and end at 7:45 p.m.

In the attachment, you will find a poster about the lecture series. Please let us know if you would like to receive the poster to display in your institution, and we will send it to you by post.

We are looking forward very much to seeing you!

The lectures during the winter semester 2020/2021 are scheduled as followed:


Divining the Future and Averting Misfortune in Japan: The Case of Shugendō
George Klonos (East Asian Religions; IKGF Visiting Fellow)


The Emperor’s Dragon Form: Physiognomy and Appearance Politics in Early Ming China
Lex Jing Lu (East Asian History and Gender Studies; Clark University)


Fatal Futures: Prophecy and Its Narrative Function in Middle High German Literature around 1200
Lea Braun (Medieval German Literature; Humboldt University of Berlin)


Self-Knowledge as Religious Knowledge: Lottery Divination in Buddhist Temples in Contemporary China
Yang Shen (Cultural Anthropology; Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen)


On Eagles, Lions, and Things to Come: Prophecies in the Late Medieval Holy Roman Empire
Manuel Kamenzin (History of the Middle Ages; Ruhr University Bochum; IKGF Visiting Fellow)


Reorganizing the Knowledge of the Future: Local State Divination (yinyang) Schools in Yuan China (1271-1368)
Qiao Yang (History of Asia; Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin)

Location: Zoom / International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, Hartmannstr. 14, D1, 91052 Erlangen, Seminar Room.

Time (unless stated otherwise): Tuesdays, 6:15pm – 7:45pm.