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Time in Medieval Japan

Welcome to TIMEJ

"Time in Medieval Japan" (TIMEJ for short) is a research project of the University of Zurich, funded by the ERC with an Advanced Grant (No 741166). The project takes a new approach to historical articulations of the concept of time by examining symbolic representations and social regulations of time in various social spheres of medieval Japan. In this way it aims to contribute to a more refined philosophy of time as well as to illuminate an important aspect of the cultural history of Japan.

Read more about the general Project Outline.


Or watch this video in which the Principal Investigator Prof. Dr. Raji C. Steineck briefly sums up the projects and its goals:


Below you can see an overview of the upcoming presentations of the team members, as well as the history of our conference activities since the start of the project.

Weiterführende Informationen

Latest conference:

TIMEJ Online Conference 2021 

August 18–20th 2021


International Society for the Study of Time


Yamaguchi University Research Institute for the Study of Time


Read more about our joint coference of 2018 here.

Time in Medieval Japan

Prof. Dr. Raji C. Steineck


Time in Medieval Japan (TIMEJ) is a research project of the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies of the University of Zurich.

It is funded by the  European Research Council (ERC) with an Advanced Grant under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 741166)

Read about the outline of the project on the official CORDIS Webpage

Read more about the TIMEJ-Artwork