SOAS University of London

Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions


Centre Chair

Dr 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
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  • Room: 342
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 3:00-4:00

Advisory Board

SOAS Members

Dr Meri Arichi
Meri Arichi

History of Japanese Art, Buddhist Art of Japan in context

  • Tel: 020 7898 4463
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  • Room: B302
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm
Dr Fabio Gygi
Fabio Gygi

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4417
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  • Room: 562
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 9-11am email for appointment

Dr 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: +44 (0)20 7898 4768
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  • Room: 345
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 12:00-2:00pm - Term 2
Professor 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: +44 (0)20 7898 4453
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  • Room: B408
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave (2020-2021)

Associate Members

Research Associates

Professor Cosimo Zene
Research Associate
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.

Dr Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen
Research Associate
Anne-Mette Fisker-Nielsen

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

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  • Room: 502
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays 13:30-14:30, and by appointment