Erica BaffelliErica Baffelli

BA (Hons.) PhD (Venice)

Senior Lecturer, Religious Studies
Email: erica.baffelli@otago.ac.nz

Erica is Senior Lecturer in Asian Religions and teaches papers on Japanese religions, new religious movements and religion and the media. Her research interests lie in new religious movements in Asia, especially the relation between Japanese 'New Religions' and the media. Before coming to Otago she was a visiting researcher at Hosei University (Tokyo) and post-doctoral research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Erica is Secretary of the New Zealand Asian Studies Society.

Teaching

Papers taught in 2012

Second semester
200
300
400
Distance
Religion and the Internet
Charisma & Healing in Alternative Religions

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Preferred areas of supervision

  • Asian religions
  • Japanese religions
  • New religious movements
  • Religion and media
  • Religion and pop cultures

Main research interests

  • Japanese 'New Religions'
  • Religion and the media
  • Japanese "New Religions" and the Internet
  • Religion and popular cultures

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Selected Publications

E. Baffelli, "Hikari no Wa: A New Religion Recovering from Disaster" Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 39, 1 (2012): 29-49.

E.Baffelli, I. Reader.Aftermath: The Impact and Ramifications of the Aum Affair. Special Issue of the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, 39,1, 2012.

E. Baffell, I. Reader, "Competing for the Apocalypse: Religious Rivalry and Millennial Transformations in a Japanese New Religion", International Journal for the Study of New Religions, 2,1 (2011): 5-28.

E. Baffelli, I. Reader, B. Staemmler (eds.), Japanese Religions on the Internet: Innovation, Representation, and Authority. London & New York: Routledge, 2011.

"Japanese New Religions and the Internet: A Case Study", Australian Religious Studies Review, 23, 3 (2010):255-276.            

"Sōka Gakkai and Politics in Japan", Religion Compass 4,12 (2010): 746-756.

”Prefazione" in Stefano Bonino, Il caso Aum Shinrikyō: società, religione e terrorismo nel Giappone contemporaneo (Aum Shinrikyō: society, religion and terrorism in contemporary Japan), Chieti: Solfanelli, 2010: 5-13

"I manga delle nuove religioni: dalle serie degli anni Sessanta ai reigekiga di Kuroda Minoru" (New Religions and Mangas: from the Nineteen-Sixty Series to Kuroda Minoru’s Reigekiga), Atti del XXX Convegno di studi sul Giappone Lecce, 21-23 settembre 2006, Galatina (Le): Congedo editore, 2008: 47-61.

"Mass Media and Religion in Japan: Mediating the Leader's Image", Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, Issue on Media and Religion, 4, 1,2007: 83-99

"La spiritualità contemporanea e l''Oriente religioso'". Proposta di analisi del caso della regione Veneto', in Raveri, M. (ed.), Verso l'altro. Le religioni dal conflitto al dialogo. Venezia: Marsilio, 2003: 197-214

"Il sacro in Internet. L'esempio delle Nuove Religioni giapponesi", Annali di Ca' Foscari, 33, 2002: 239-264

"La pubblicità religiosa: strategie di suadenza e costruzione dell'immagine delle Nuove Religioni giapponesi", Atti del XVI convegno di Studi sul Giappone. Venice: Cartotecnica Veneziana Editrice, 2002: 55-76

 

 

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