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Academic Societies

The Otani Society is an academic association composed of the entire faculty and students in the Department of Letters, the Graduate School and Junior College. As the central organ for academic research in our university, it conducts study meetings, academic conferences and public lectures. Furthermore, to make its research widely known to the public, it publishes two academic journals, the half-yearly Otani Gakuho and the annual Otani Daigaku Kenkyu Nenpo. In spring it holds a public lecture and in autumn it sponsors a conference featuring presentations by members of the faculty. Otani Gakuho began publication in 1920 under the name Bukkyo-Kenkyu, and changed its name to the present one in 1928. The Otani Daigaku Kenkyu Nenpo was begun in 1942.

Otani University is also home to a number of academic societies organized by various departments or along inter-disciplinary lines. In these societies, the faculty and students join together to undertake such things as regularly scheduled study meetings, fieldwork, trips to historical sites, overnight study meetings, public lectures and other activities. Many of these societies also publish their own academic journals. They include Shinran Kyogaku, Bukkyo-gaku Seminar, Tetsugaku Ronshu, Shukyo, Gakkai-ho, Otani Daigaku Shigaku Ronkyu, Rekishi-no-Hiroba, Bungei Ronso, Seiyo Bungaku Kenkyu, and Eibun Gakkai Kaiho.

Academic Societies

Society for Shin Buddhist Studies, Society for Buddhist Studies, Otani Philosophical Society, Society for Western Philosophy, Society for Ethics, Society for Philosophy of Religion, Society for Education, Society for Sociology, Society for Japanese History, Society for Japanese Buddhist History, Society for Nihon-shi, Society for East Asian History, Society for East Asian Buddhist History, Otani Literature Society, Society for Japanese Literature, Society for Chinese Literature, Society for Western Literature,
Society for English Literature, and Society for German Literature.

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