Gagaku: Cultural Capital, Cultural Heritage, and Cultural Identity

Critical Interventions Lab (Symposium, Workshops, and Performances) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, June 2021

Gagaku (the ceremonial music of the imperial court and the main Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Japan) has long been ignored in scholarship on the cultural and intellectual history of Japan. This Critical Interventions Lab will discuss Gagaku as “cultural capital” in its intellectual, political, and economic implications, as well as its transnational ramifications, for the definition of cultural heritage and the formation of cultural identity in Japan from the Edo period until today.

University of California, Santa Barbara

Organized by Fabio Rambelli (International Shinto Foundation Endowed Chair in Shinto Studies) as part of “Japanese Culture En Route: Transnational Currents and Connections in Japanese Performing Traditions” funded by a Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support grant (Ref. No. 10121178).