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Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions

Members of the Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions

Centre Chair

Lucia Dolce
Chair, Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions
Lucia Dolce Japanese religious history, especially the medieval period; Japanese Tantric Buddhism and the esotericisation of religious practice; Millenarian writings and prophecy; Kami-Buddhas associations
  • Tel: 020 7898 4217
  • Email: ld16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 342
  • On Sabbatical:All year 2015/16

Advisory Board

SOAS Members

Meri Arichi
Meri Arichi

History of Japanese Art, Buddhist Art of Japan in context

  • Tel: 020 7898 4463
  • Email: ma70@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B302
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm
Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen
Anne-Mette Fisker-Nielsen

Japanese politics, religion and civil society in Japan, anthropology of politics, and social theory.

  • Email: af3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 558
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11.30am-1pm

Fabio Gygi
Fabio Gygi

Japanese society, material culture, medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural history

  • Tel: 020 7898 4417
  • Email: fg5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 562
  • Office Hours: Mondays 4-6pm or by email appointment
Tatsuma Padoan
Tatsuma Padoan

Japanese religions; pilgrimage studies; ritual enunciation, religious materiality and spirit possession; design practices and politics of urban space; generative semiotics, linguistic anthropology and actor-network-theory.

Antonello Palumbo
Staff Silhouette

Ideological history of pre-modern China; Chinese religions, notably Taoism and Buddhism; history of the Buddhist canon in China; Manichaeism and Iranian influences in medieval China; Chinese cultural relations with Central Asia

  • Tel: 020 7898 4768
  • Email: ap47@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 345
  • Office Hours: Fridays 2-4pm
Timon Screech
Timon Screech History of Japanese art; Edo painting; contacts between Japan and Europe in the 18th century; history of science in Japan; the theory of art history
  • Tel: 020 7898 4453
  • Email: ts8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B408
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 4-5pm

Cosimo Zene
Cosimo Zene

Anthropology of religion, theory in the study of religions, continental philosophy, Gramsci and religion, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, minorities (Dalits), mysticism and heresy, non-Western Christianities, Mediterranean anthropology; South-Asia (India, Bangladesh), Sardinia, world philosophies.

Associate Members

Research Associates

Wendi Adamek
Wendi Adamek

Chinese Buddhism, Buddhist art and archaeology, network theory, phenomenolgy, environmental literature.

Claudio Caniglia
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette
Benedetta Lomi
Research Associate
Benedetta Lomi