I received my PhD in the history of religions at the Faculty of Theology at Uppsala University in February 2020. In my thesis, Rituals of a Secular Nation: Shinto Normativity and the Separation of Religion and State in Postwar Japan, I explored how the category of religion is negotiated in Japanese courts of law, with a particular focus on the politically loaded question of how Shinto should be interpreted. My research on religion and law as well as on religion and politics in Japan has been published in Japan Review and East Asia Forum.
I will be at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies for two months, from October until November. During my stay I will primarily focus on writing a book chapter on religion and the constitution in Japan and an article on how religious minorities are conceptualized through lawsuits on religious freedom.