Office: East Zone B-506
Ellen Van Goethem specializes in Japanese history. Her main focus is on the Asuka, Nara, and early Heian periods, particularly on the layout of Chinese-style capital cities, on religious and philosophical thought underpinning the construction of these cities, and on inscribed wooden tablets (mokkan). She has also published on site divination practices in premodern East Asia and on the influence of fengshui thought on contemporary Japanese architecture. Her current research centers on Heian Jingu, with a special interest in issues related to the (re-)construction of long-lost buildings, the deification of emperors, and changes in the shrine’s perception over the last century.