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Research interests

Bogel’s research interests are diverse. They focus primarily on Buddhist and other religious visual cultures of Japan, especially the function and reception of icons in the temple and society, technical aspects of statue and painting production, relationships between practices and icons across East Asia, and contemporary Buddhist popular culture and art. Besides Buddhist visual culture, she has published on ukiyo-e, textiles, aesthetics, and was formerly a museum curator (Rhode Island School of Design [RISD] Museum of Art). Her courses cover all these topics, contemporary art history, museum studies, and methodologies. She is currently researching the sources and possible meanings of the Yakushiji Yakushi Nyorai (honzon) pedestal motifs. Her JSPS Kaken research features the visual expression of religion, politics, and shifting cultural landscapes in representations of demonic and converted creatures and beings in Buddhist visual culture and that of other Japanese and East Asian reliigons.

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import Social Sciences
death Social Sciences
China Social Sciences
present Social Sciences
Teaching Social Sciences
Buddhist Arts & Humanities
9th Century Arts & Humanities
Altar Arts & Humanities

Research Output 1986 2018

Activities 1987 2018

Imagery ca. 700 Japan: Cosmoscapes of Rule and Religion

Cynthea Jean Bogel (Invited speaker)
May 4 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow

Cynthea Jean Bogel (Other)
Jun 2017Jul 2017

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Series of workshops with the Department of Religion and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

Cynthea Jean Bogel (Organiser)
Nov 2017 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference