Research Output per year
My research focuses on Japanese Buddhism, its material, and visual culture, with particular emphasis on the performative, healing, and transformative dimensions of Buddhist rituals, scriptures and objects. Some of my research questions pertain the way in which people engage in ritual activities or with devotional objects to shape their body and mind, as well as the degree to which religious practices actively transform the physical world. My classes focus on different aspects of the East Asian religious milieu and explore topics ranging from art, material culture and religion to the representation of the body in the Chinese and Japanese traditions.
I have a Ph.D. in the Study of Religions (2011) and an MA in East Asian Art and Archaeology (2005) from SOAS, University of London, and a Laurea Magistralis in Sinology and East Asian Languages and Cultures from Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice (2004).
Before joining the University of Bristol, I was Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Virginia, and Postdoctoral Fellow in Japanese Buddhism at UC Berkeley.
Associate Fellow, Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia, University of Groningen1 Sep 2014 → …
Research Associate, CSJR, University of London, SOAS1 Sep 2014 → 31 Aug 2020
Mellon Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, University of Virginia26 Aug 2014 → 25 Aug 2016
Associate Lecturer in Japanese Religions, Oxford Brookes University1 Jan 2013 → 1 Jun 2014
Senior Teaching Fellow in the Study of Religions, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London1 Sep 2012 → 1 Jun 2014
Shinto-Ito Postdoctoral Fellow in Japanese Buddhism, University of California Berkeley1 Aug 2011 → 1 Aug 2012
Research output: Contribution to journal › Special issue (Academic Journal)
Activities per year
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference
Benedetta Lomi (Participant)
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Invited talk
An Examination and Application of Rule Theory for Addressing the Theological Question Regarding the Fate of the Unevangelized: A Reformation ProposalAuthor: Faircloth, K., 23 Jan 2019
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)