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Dr Benedetta Lomi

BA(Ca'Foscari); MA(Ca'Foscari), MA(London), PhD(London)

  • BS8 1TB


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Personal profile

Research interests

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.

External positions

Associate Fellow, Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia, University of Groningen

1 Sep 2014 → …

Research Associate, CSJR, University of London, SOAS

1 Sep 201431 Aug 2020

Mellon Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, University of Virginia

26 Aug 201425 Aug 2016

Associate Lecturer in Japanese Religions, Oxford Brookes University

1 Jan 20131 Jun 2014

Senior Teaching Fellow in the Study of Religions, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

1 Sep 20121 Jun 2014

Shinto-Ito Postdoctoral Fellow in Japanese Buddhism, University of California Berkeley

1 Aug 20111 Aug 2012

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Research Output

Avalokiteśvara in East Asia

Lomi, B., 20 Jul 2019, Brill's Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Volume Two "Lives". Bowring, R., Silk, J. & Eltschinger, V. (eds.). Brill Academic Publishers, Vol. II. p. 546-561 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

Disempowering and Repurposing Buddhist Icons: An Analysis of the Hakken shiki

Lomi, B., 9 Nov 2019, (In preparation) In : Ars Orientalis.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue (Academic Journal)

  • Hayagrīva

    Lomi, B., 20 Jul 2019, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism Volume 2 “Lives”. Bowring, R., Eltschinger, V. & Silk, J. (eds.). Brill Academic Publishers, Vol. II. p. 218-227 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


    Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship

    Lomi, Benedetta (Recipient), 5 Apr 2019

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    • 11 Participation in conference
    • 9 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 5 Invited talk

    Conceptualizations of Madness in Premodern Religions Workshop, University of Bristol

    Lindsey A Askin (Organiser), & Benedetta Lomi (Organiser)

    29 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Argo-EMR seminar

    Benedetta Lomi (Participant)

    27 Feb 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Reuse and Recycling in Japanese Visual and Material Cultures

    Benedetta Lomi (Participant)

    13 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Supervised Work

    An Examination and Application of Rule Theory for Addressing the Theological Question Regarding the Fate of the Unevangelized: A Reformation Proposal

    Author: Faircloth, K., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Lomi, B. (Supervisor) & D'Costa, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)