Dr. K.N. (Kiri) Paramore

  • Lecturer
  • Area Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1693
E-Mail: k.n.paramore@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS Japan
Office Address: Arsenaal
Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number 1.22
Personal Homepage: hum.leiden.edu/​lias/​organisation/​japanese/​paramorekn.html

Fields of Interest

My primary research interest is the politics of religion. I study the role played by religious traditions in the transcultural formation and development of political systems, knowledge institutions and translocal information flows. I am particularly interested in how Confucianism and Christianity have interacted with these processes in East Asia.

Academic Background

I studied Asian Studies and Asian History at the Australian National University (B.A.S. (Hons. 1) 1999) and Area Studies and Intellectual History at the University of Tokyo (M.A. 2003, Ph.D. 2006). I was appointed University Lecturer at Leiden University in the Leiden Institute for Area Studies in 2007. During the academic year 2011-12 I was visiting research professor in the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, Taipei.


At Leiden I teach survey lectures on Asian history, seminars on the relationship between religion and politics in East Asia, thesis and text reading seminars in Japanese history, M.A. seminars on historiography, and Research M.A. seminars on information and knowledge history across Asia and the Middle East.

Selected Publications

  • Ideology and Christianity in Japan, New York: Routledge, 2009. (Paperback, 2010)
  • “The Nationalization of Confucianism: Academism, Examinations and Bureaucratic Governance in the Late Tokugawa State”, Journal of Japanese Studies, 38:1 (Winter 2012), pp. 25-54.
  • 「東洋学における日本思想」、末木文美士・黒住真・苅部直(編)『岩波講座日本の思想』第一巻、岩波書店、2013年 “Japanese Thought and Western Orientalism”, in Sueki Fumihiko, Kurozumi Makoto, Karube Tadashi (eds.)  Japanese Thought: the Iwanami reader. Vol. 1, Tokyo: Iwanami shoten, 2013, pp. 237-265.
  • “Confucianism Versus Feudalism: the Shōheizaka Academy and Late Tokugawa Reform”, in Mark Teeuwen (ed.), Unchartered Waters: Intellectual Life in the Edo Period . Leiden: Brill, 2012, pp. 75-91.
  • “Political Modernity and Secularization: some thoughts from the Japanese eighteenth and nineteenth centuries”, Journal of Religious History , 36:1 (2011), pp. 1-12.  
  • “Anti-Christian Ideas and National Ideology: Inoue Enryō and Inoue Tetsujirō’s mobilization of sectarian history in Meiji Japan”, Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, 8:1, April 2009, pp. 107-144. (Republished in Lucia Dolce (ed.), Japanese Religions (Volume Two, The Practice of Religion). Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2012)
  • “Early Japanese Christian Thought Reexamined: Confucian Ethics, Catholic Authority and the Issue of Faith in the Scholastic Theories of Habian, Gomez and Ricci”, Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, 35:2 (2008), pp. 231-262. (Republished in John Allen Tucker (ed.) Critical Readings in Japanese Confucianism. Vol. 3. Leiden: Brill, 2012)
  • 「ハビアン」対「不干」―十七世紀初頭日本の思想文脈におけるハビアン思想の意義と「排耶蘇」 “Habian vs Fukan – Habian in the context of early 17th century Japanese thought”, Nihon shisōshi gaku 日本思想史学 Journal of Japanese Intellectual History, no. 36, Tokyo: Perikansha, 2004, pp. 82-99.
  • 「人倫の大本」―日本1874-5年におこった男女同権論争に関して “’The Origin of Human Ethics’ – The 1874-5 debate on gender equality in Japan” Shisōshi kenkyū 思想史研究Studies in Intellectual History, no. 4, Tokyo: Nihon shisōshi / shisōron kenyūkai, 2004, pp. 97-115.

Last Modified: 11-12-2015