Visiting Professors

Dr Lucia Dolce
(Visiting Professor, Newton Alumni funding scheme AL\180044, British Academy - P.I. Dr Tatsuma Padoan, project title: "A semiotics of sacred geography: understanding pilgrimage and holy sites in a comparative perspective")

Lucia Dolce is Numata Reader in Japanese Buddhism at SOAS, University of London, where she also directs the Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions. Lucia holds a first degree from the University of Venice (Italy) and a PhD from Leiden University (Netherlands), and has spent several years in Japan doing both archival research and fieldwork. Her research to date has explored hermeneutical and ritual aspects of religion in Japan. She has published extensively in English and in Japanese on the Lotus Sutra and the Tendai and Nichiren traditions of Buddhism; Tantric Buddhism; ritual iconography and ritual performance; Shinto and combinatory cults.

She is currently writing a book on discourse on the body in Japanese Buddhism.

Recently edited volumes are: Shinbutsu shûgô saikô [Rethinking Syncretism in Japanese Religion], Tokyo: Bensei shuppan, 2013; Japanese Religions, 4 vols., London: SAGE Publications (SAGE Benchmarks in Religious Studies), 2012; Girei no chikara –chûsei shûkyô no jissen sekai [The Power of Ritual: The World of Religious Practice in Medieval Japan], Kyoto: Hôzôkan, 2010; Grammars and Morphologies of Ritual Practices in Asia, Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz Verlag, 2010.


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