Lucia Dolce School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
is a senior lecturer in Japanese Religion and Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a specialist of Japanese Religions and has spent a considerable time of fieldwork in Japan. She has published widely on different aspects of Japanese religious practice, and is regularly invited to deliver guest lectures at universities in Europe, US and Japan. She has created and has been in charge (since 1999) of the MA in Japanese Religions at SOAS (the only MA programme in Europe focused on Japanese Religions); she teaches three of the options on offer in the programme, including the core course. She is also the chair of the SOAS Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions and in this capacity convenes weekly guest lectures and postgraduate seminars, and has organized several international conferences on different aspects of Japanese religiosity.