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Time in Medieval Japan



Müller, Simone. 2023. "Etiquette to 'Change the World'? Fictional Time-Order and Imperial Power at the Court of Emperor Go-Daigo". In: Alison James, Akihiro Kubo, and Françoise Lavocat (eds.): Can Fiction Change the World? (Oxford: Legenda): 111-128.

Müller, Simone. 2022.  "Hidden Temporalites: Time and Intertextuality in the Medieval Court Diary Utatane (Fitful Slumbers)." In: Negri, Carolina, Tommasi, Pier Carlo (eds.): Images from the Past. Intertextuality in Japanese Premodern Literature. Venice: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari: 59-80.

Ammann, Vroni. 2021. "Variance in Time Morphologies in Production and Consumption of Incense in Medieval Japan". In Time in Variance. Leiden, Niederlande: Brill. doi:

Steineck, Raji C., Müller, Simone and Balmes, Sebastian. 2021. "Zeit in der vormodernen japanischen Literatur: Vorwort: Time in Premodern Japanese Literature: Preface" Asiatische Studien - Études Asiatiques, vol. 75, no. 1, 5-7.

Müller, Simone. 2021 "Temporal Regimes in Kenmu nitchū gyōji (Daily Observances of the Kenmu Era), with annotated translation" Asiatische Studien - Études Asiatiques, vol. 75, no. 1, 89-129.

Blind, Georg D., and Steineck, Raji C. 2020.  "The missing piece in E. Cassirer’s theory of symbolic forms: the economy". Evolut Inst Econ Rev.

Müller, Simone. 2020. «A Young Lady’s Longing for a Lost Past. A Chronotopic Analysis of the Medieval Memoir ‘Utatane’ (‘Fitful Slumbers’)». Beiträge Zur Mediävistischen Erzählforschung, Juli, 229–265–229–265.

Steineck, Raji C. 2020. «Kritik der Kultur. Überlegungen zu Cassirers Konzept der symbolischen Form». Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie 14 (1): 137–52.

Tan, Daniela. 2020. “The Body as Place in Time(s): Concepts of the Female Body in Medieval Japan.” KronoScope 20, No. 1: 17–40.

Steineck, Raji C. 2019. „Dōgen no chosaku ni miru jikan no hyōki to jikan no shisō 道元の著作にみる時間の表記と時間の思想"Kokusai Zen Kenkyū, (4):113–142.

Steineck, Raji C. 2018. „Chronographical Analysis: An Essay in Methodology“. KronoScope 18, Nr. 2: 171–98.

Steineck, Raji C. 2017. „Time in Old Japan: In Search of a Paradigm“. KronoScope 17, Nr. 1: 16–36.

Steger, Brigitte and Steineck, Raji C. 2017. „Introduction from the Guest Editors to the Special Issue “Time in Historic Japan”“. KronoScope 17, Nr. 1: 7–15.


The TIMEJ team is building a wiki of time-related terms with a specialisation in medieval Japanese history. Besides the definition of terms and bibliographical information, it will also include examples from medieval primary source texts. The wiki will be published in the final project phase in 2022.

Annotated bibliography (Zotero)

In 2022, TIMEJ will publish an encompassing bibliographical database of secondary literature and primary sources used in the project. It contains the notes of the research team and shall provide a structured starting point for people interested in time theories, medieval Japanese history or related topics.

Screenplay for a documentary film

A screenplay for a documentary film about medieval Japanese time will be produced in order to convey the results of the research to a broader public. A preliminary agreement concerning the concept and the writing of the script has been reached with external partners that will be announced shortly.

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