In particular, I have been studying the interactions between Buddhism and local cults in several Asian traditions on the one hand, and the history of the development of the Shinto discourse in Japan on the other. I envision Shinto as the result of complex processes involving both the localization of Buddhism as an originally translocal religion in Japan and the opening of the Japanese tradition to several Asian intellectual trends such as Neo-Confucianism and Daoism from China, but also Neo-Brahmanism from India, and, later, Christianity from the West , together with an enhanced awareness of cultural identity and specificities. I am also interested in the impact often downplayed or ignored of Indian cultural elements on pre-modern Japan; in issues of cultural identity especially in Japan and in Italy, and on the representations of Italy circulating in Japan ; and in more general themes in the history of religions such as materiality, semiotics, iconoclasm, and syncretism. Gruber and Avinoam Shalem. Leiden: de Gruyters, Leiden and Boston: Brill,
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Fabio Rambelli. Research My main research area is the religious and intellectual history of medieval Japan 11th through 15th centuries , especially the esoteric Buddhist tradition. In particular, I am interested in the ways in which Japanese esoteric Buddhism dealt with semiotic issues, and in the relations between semiotics and ideologies.
Normative structurings of signs are always related to operations of policing of meaning, which can be in turn related to the establishment of hegemonic formations and cultural identity politics. I am also interested in issues concerning the materiality of religion and the sacred in general , especially in East Asian traditions.
Degree thesis: "I segni del vuoto. Segni e linguaggi nel buddhismo esoterico di Kukai con particolare riferimento allo Shoji jisso-gi" "Signs of the Emptiness. Venice: University of Venice, Teaching Graduate school of Cultural Studies: Semiotics of culture: The semiotic status of objects and materiality. Japanese religion: Objects and materiality in Japanese Buddhism.
Department of Cultural Studies: Semiotics of culture. Religious studies. Japanese religion seminar. Religious studies seminar.
Recent titles Fabio Rambelli and Patrizia Violi, eds. White, ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, Books Itariateki kangaekata. An Introduction to Italy for the Japanese. Tokyo: Chikuma shobo, 6th reprint Edited by Fabio Rambelli and Patrizia Violi. Articles "La musica strumentale giapponese," in Kishibe Shigeo, ed. Venezia: Istituto internazionale di studi musicali comparati, pp. Per una teoria del linguaggio del buddhismo giapponese 'shingon'" [The Esoteric Language Game.
XXIX N. Tokyo: Nihon IBM, pp. William M. Bodiford, Soto Zen in Medieval Japan. Allan G. Grapard, The Protocol of the Gods. Francisco J. Cognitive Science and Human Experience.
Cambridge, Mass. Brian Victoria, Zen at War. Ian Reader and George J. Tanabe, Jr. The manuscript is currently under review. Honji suijaku and combinatory religiosity in premodern Japan I have edited, together with Mark Teeuwen, a collective volume on honji suijaku combinatory religiosity in premodern Japan.
The various essays we have selected show various ways of conceiving, organizing, and interacting with the sacred in premodern Japan. The manuscript is now ready for publication. Other projects. In addition, two other manuscripts are well on the way. The first deals with specific issues of materiality in the Japanese Buddhist tradition; the second is about the ways in which Japanese Buddhism envisioned and represented its own boundaries and its own outside.
Dissertations Doctoral dissertation: "Segni di diamante. Teaching Graduate school of Cultural Studies: Semiotics of culture: The semiotic status of objects and materiality Japanese religion: Objects and materiality in Japanese Buddhism Department of Cultural Studies: Semiotics of culture Religious studies Japanese religion seminar Religious studies seminar.
Recent titles Fabio Rambelli and Patrizia Violi, eds. Other projects In addition, two other manuscripts are well on the way.
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Fabio Rambelli: May 9, 2019
Rambelli, Fabio Overview. Publication Timeline. Most widely held works by Fabio Rambelli. Buddhas and kami in Japan : honji suijaku as a combinatory paradigm by Fabio Rambelli 20 editions published between and in English and Undetermined and held by 1, WorldCat member libraries worldwide This volume offers a multidisciplinary approach to the combinatory tradition that dominated premodern and early modern Japanese religion, known as honji suijaku, or 'originals and their traces'. Buddhism and iconoclasm in East Asia : a history by Fabio Rambelli 21 editions published between and in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide Annotation.