James McMullen is Emeritus Fellow at St Antony's and Pembroke Colleges. He retired from his University Lecturership in Japanese Studies in 2006. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2001. A special seminar was held on Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 celebrating the recent publication of The Worship of Confucius in Japan (Harvard East Asian Monograph, 2020). The book traces the development of the ritual to sacrifice to Confucius through its vicissitudes from the early eighth century to the Meiji Restoration. It focusses on the performance tradition at successive centres of power. An epilogue brings the story up to date. He has signed publishers' contracts for an edited volume of essays on "Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji" for the OUP Series Oxford Studies in Philosophy and Literature.