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Department of the Study of Religions

Dr Lucia Dolce

Laurea MA (Venice); PhD (Leiden)

Overview

Lucia Dolce
Department of the Study of Religions

Numata Reader in Japanese Buddhism

Centre of Buddhist Studies

Committee Member, Centre of Buddhist Studies

Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions (CSJR)

Chair, Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions

Japan Research Centre (JRC)

Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre

Name:
Dr Lucia Dolce
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4217
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
342
Office Hours:
Wednesdays 3-4pm

Teaching

Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Anna Schegoleva, Ghost in Japan: reconstructing horror in modernity
  • Benedetta Lomi, The Precious Steed of the Buddhist Pantheon: Ritual, Faith and Images of Bato Kannon in Japan.
  • Fumi Ouchi, The Somatic Nature of Enlightenment: Vocal Arts in the Japanese Tendai Tradition
  • Masato Kato, Japanese New Religious Movements in the UK: The Negotiation between Nationalism and Universalism.
  • Shinya Mano, Eisai and the development of Zen-Esoteric Buddhism
  • Yaara Morris, The Cult of Tenkawa Benzaiten – her rituals, texts, and mandalas.

Research

I am currently carrying out two distinct (albeit interrelated) projects on Japanese religious culture.

The first project explores the discourse on the body in the ritual landscape of mediaeval
Japanese Buddhism, with the aim of demonstrating the fluidity of ritual knowledge and the need of linking Japanese notions of the body to continental (Tantric) practices. In the context of this large project I am addressing methodological questions related to the application of performative theories on Japanese premodern ritual (see also Dolce 2010a &b) and the possibilities of a practice-centred approach to analyse Japanese religion in its entirety.

The second project deals with the relation between Buddhism and ‘Shinto,’ in particular contemporary forms of associative practices. I have recently completed a co-edited volume (in Japanese), based on an international workshop held at SOAS in spring 2011, which reflects on the paradigms through which the ‘Buddho-Shinto combination’ has been studied (Dolce 2013) and the particularities of the locativization of Buddhism in Japan. I continue to explore this topic by addressing the revival of premodern practices in well-known shrines in the Kyoto area.

The Lucky Gods of Tokyo: Religious and Spatial Politics of a Contemporary Urban Pilgrimage (with Dr Tatsuma Padoan, Newton Fellow, 2014-2016)

This project explores how Tokyo urban space is reconfigured in specific pilgrimage routes connecting Buddhist and Shinto institutions: the pilgrimage of the Seven Gods of Fortune (shichifukujin). Focusing on a number of case studies, it seeks to study the processes of negotiation and confrontation between different institutions and institutional levels, as well as the dynamics of religious marketing that shape the relationship between cultic centres and practitioners.

Expertise

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Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • East Asia
Country Expertise
  • Japan
Languages
  • Italian
  • Japanese

Publications

Edited Books

Dolce, Lucia, ed. (2013) Nichiren to Hokekyô, Japanese Translation of Esoteric Patterns in Nichiren’s Interpretation of the Lotus Sutra. Sekido Gyôkai and Miwa Zenshô transl. Tokyo: Sankibô shoten. (Forthcoming)

Dolce, Lucia, ed. (2011) Readings in Japanese Religions, 4 vols. London: Sage Publications. (In Press)

Dolce, Lucia, ed. (2011) Japanese Religions, 4 vols. London: Sage. (SAGE Benchmarks in Religious Studies)

Dolce, Lucia and Ikuyo, Matsumoto, eds. (2010) Girei no chikara –chûsei shûkyô no jissen sekai 儀礼の力—中世宗教の実践世界 [The Power of Ritual: The World of Religious Practice in Medieval Japan]. Kyoto: Hôzôkan.

Dolce, Lucia and Raz, G. and Triplett, Katja, eds. (2010) Grammars and Morphologies of Ritual Practices in Asia. Section II: Ritual Discourse, Ritual Performance in China and Japan. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. (Ritual dynamics and the science of ritual, 1)

Dolce, Lucia, ed. (2006) The Worship of Stars in Japanese Religious Practice. Special issue of Culture and Cosmos: a journal of the history of astrology and cultural astronomy. v.10(1/2). Bristol: Culture and Cosmos.

Book Chapters

Dolce, Lucia (2011) 'Taimitsu Rituals in Medieval Japan: Sectarian Competition and the Dynamics of Tantric Performance.' In: Keul, Istvan, (ed.), Transformations and Transfer of Tantra in Asia and Beyond. Berlin; New York: Walter de Gruyter Publishers, pp. 329-364. (Religion and society, 1437-5370, v. 52)

Dolce, Lucia and Mano, S. (2011) 'Godai’in Annen.' In: Orzech, Charles, (ed.), Esoteric Buddhism And The Tantras in East Asia. Leiden: Brill, pp. 768-775.

Dolce, Lucia (2011) 'Taimitsu: The Esoteric Buddhism of the Tendai School.' In: Orzech, Charles, (ed.), Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia. Leiden: Brill, pp. 744-767.

Dolce, Lucia (2010) 'The contested space of Buddhist public rituals: the shûnie of Tōdaiji.' In: Michaels, A. and Mishra, A. and Dolce, L. and Raz, G. and Triplett, K., (eds.), Grammars and Morphologies of Ritual Practices in Asia. Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz Verlag, pp. 433-458.

Dolce, Lucia (2010) 'Nigenteki genri no girei: Fudô Aizen to chikara no hizô [Ritualizing Duality: Fudô, Aizen and the Secret Iconography of Empowerment].' In: Dolce, L. and Matsumoto, Ikuyo, (eds.), Girei no chikara. Kyoto: Hôzôkan, pp. 159-206.

Dolce, Lucia and Matsumoto, Ikuyo (2010) 'Nihon shûkyô kenkyû ni okeru gireigaku no ronten” [Ritual Theories and the Study of Japanese Religious Practices].' In: Dolce, L. and Matsumoto, I., (eds.), Girei no chikara. Kyoto: Hôzôkan, pp. 3-28.

Dolce, Lucia (2010) 'The Practice of Religion in Japan: An Exploration of the State of the Field.' In: Dolce, Lucia, (ed.), Japanese Religions, vol. 1. London: Sage, xix-lvii. (SAGE Benchmarks in Religious Studies)

Dolce, Lucia (2008) 'Girei ni yori seisei sareru kanzen naru shintai –chûsei mikkyô no ‘hiseitôteki zuzô’ to shuhô o megutte [儀礼により生成される完全なる身体 –-中世密教の「非正統的」図像と修法をめぐって.' In: Yasurô, Abe, (ed.), Nihon ni okeru shûkyô tekisuto no shoisô to tôjihô. Nagoya daigaku bungakubu gurobaru COE puroguramu, pp. 58-71.

Dolce, Lucia (2007) 'Mapping the “Divine Country:” Sacred Geography and International Concerns in Mediaeval Japan.' In: Breuker, Remco E., (ed.), Korea in the Middle. Leiden: CNWS Publications, pp. 288-312.

Dolce, Lucia (2006) 'Icons, Scriptures, and Their Ritual Use: Reflexions on the Nineteenth-Century European Understandings of Japanese Buddhism.' In: Murakami-Giroux, S., (ed.), La Rencontre du Japon et de l'Europe. Images d'une découverte. Actes du troisième colloque d'études japonaises de l'université Marc Bloch. Aurillac: Publications Orientalistes de France, pp. 57-78.

Dolce, Lucia (2006) 'Reconsidering the Taxonomy of the Esoteric. Hermeneutical and Ritual Practices of the Lotus Sutra.' In: Scheid, B. and Teeuwen, M., (eds.), The Culture of Secrecy in Japanese Religion. Routledge, pp. 130-171.

Dolce, Lucia (2003) 'Nel nome del 'vero' dharma: ortodossia, strategie di legittimazione e conflitti religiosi nel buddismo giapponese.' In: Verso l�altro. Le religioni dal conflitto al dialogo. Venezia: Marsilio, pp. 241-262.

Dolce, Lucia (2003) 'Hokke Shinto. Kami in the Nichiren Tradition.' In: Teeuwen, M. and Rambelli, F., (eds.), Buddhas and Kami in Japan. Honji Suijaku as a Combinatory Paradigm. Curzon Routledge, pp. 222-54.

Dolce, Lucia (2003) 'On the Use of Prophecy in Mediaeval Japan. Nichiren, the Future of Buddhism and the Country of Japan.' In: Hoyo, Watanabe, (ed.), Hokke bukkyo bunkashi ronso. [Essays on the cultural history of Lotus Buddhism]. Kyoto: Heirakuji shoten, pp. 59-90.

Dolce, Lucia (2002) 'Between Duration and Eternity: Hermeneutics of the "Ancient Buddha" of the Lotus Sutra in Chih-I and the Nichiren.' In: Reeves, G, (ed.), A Buddhist Kaleidoscope: Essays on the Lotus Sutra. Kosei Publishing Co, pp. 223-239.

Dolce, Lucia (1998) 'Buddhist Hermeneutics in Medieval Japan: Canonical Texts, Scholastic Tradition & Sectarian Polemics.' In: Canonization and Decanonization. BRILL, pp. 229-244.

Articles

Dolce, Lucia (2009) 'Duality and the kami: Reconfiguring Buddhist notions and ritual patterns, Cahiers.' d’Extreme-Asie, specia . pp. 119-150.

Dolce, Lucia (2007) 'Taimitsu ni okeru hokekyô kaishaku to girei: hokkehô to hokke mandala ni tsuite [台密における法華経解釈と儀礼—法華法と法華曼陀羅につして].' Tendai gakuhô = Journal of Tendai Buddhist Studies, 48 . pp. 13-32.

Dolce, Lucia (2006) 'The worship of celestial bodies in Japan: politics, rituals and icons.' Culture and Cosmos: a journal of the history of astrology and cultural astronomy, 10 (1-2). pp. 3-47.

Dolce, Lucia and Smits, (1999) 'Hora est. 'Het einde der wet' en historisch besef in middeleeuws Japan.' Leidschrift, 14 (2). pp. 87-107.

Dolce, Lucia (1999) 'Criticism and Appropriation: Ambiguities in Nichiren''s Attitude Towards Esoteric Buddhism.' Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, 26 (3/4). pp. 349-382.

Dolce, Lucia (1996) 'Esoteric patterns in Nichiren's thought.' Studies in Central and East Asian Religions, 9 . pp. 89-95.

Dolce, Lucia (1992) 'Awareness of Mappô. Soteriological Interpretations of Time in Nichiren.' Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan (fourth series), 7 . pp. 81-106.

Book Reviews

Dolce, Lucia (2009) 'Review of Patricia J. Graham, 'Faith and Power in Japanese Buddhist Art 1600-2005'.' Nihon bukkyô sôgô kenkyû [Interdisciplinary studies of Japanese Buddhism], 8 . pp. 129-138.

Other

Dolce, Lucia (2006) 'You May Detest This World, But You Cannot Escape It: Engaged Lotus Buddhism in Medieval Japan.' Dharma World.

Dolce, Lucia (2004) 'Nichiren (1222-1282) Leader of Japanese Buddhism.' Encyclopedia of Leadership, Geothals and Sorenson, v.3. Sage Publications, pp. 1087- 1091.

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