Halle O’Neal, a specialist in Japanese Buddhist art, is a Reader and Director of Research in the History of Art department and an Associate in Research at Harvard University, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. Previously, she worked as a Mellon Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University. Her research and teaching explore areas of word and image, relics and reliquaries, invisibility in visual and material culture, reuse and recycling, performativity, and the spectacular visualisations of Buddhist embodiment. O'Neal is the co-director of the Edinburgh Buddhist Studies network and sits on the editorial boards of Art in Translation and Art Bulletin.
She is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowship in Buddhist Studies for 2020-21, during which time she will develop her current monograph project, “Writing against Death: Reuse and Recycling in Japanese Buddhist Manuscripts.” This project explores the materiality of death and mourning and the visualisation of memory and embodiment in Japanese letter sutras.
Blood, bones, bodies: Buddhist relics in Asia (4th year)
Visions of the Buddha: Religious art in medieval Japan (3rd year)
Lectures for History of Art 1 (1st year)
Lectures for Art History: Texts, Objects, Institutions (3rd year)
Lectures for Global Middle Ages core course (MSc)
Japanese Buddhist art
Word and image studies
Relics and reliquaries
Death commemorations in visual and material culture