Halle O’Neal is a Reader in Japanese Buddhist art in the History of Art department and Co-Director of Edinburgh Buddhist Studies at the University of Edinburgh. 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 material culture, reuse and recycling, performativity, and the spectacular visualisations of Buddhist embodiment. O'Neal is an Associate in Research at Harvard University, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and sits on the editorial boards of Art in Translation and Art Bulletin. In the winter of 2022-2023, she served as the Ishibashi Foundation Visiting Professor of Japanese Art History at the University of Heidelberg.
She was a recent recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship and an ACLS Ho Family Foundation Fellowship in Buddhist Studies, during which time she researched her current monograph project, “Dead Letters: Reuse, Recycling, and Mourning in Japanese Buddhist Manuscripts.” This project explores the materiality of mourning, the visualisation of memory, and the haptic experience of Japanese palimpsests as seen through the reuse and recycling of handwritten letters.
2018: Word Embodied: The Jeweled Pagoda Mandalas in Japanese Buddhist Art. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center.
Reviewed by Richard Bowring, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 82, no. 3 (2019): 583-85.
Reviewed by Kerry Lucinda Brown. Art Inquiries 17, no. 4 (2019): 492-95.
Reviewed by Christine M. E. Guth. Religion and the Arts 23, no. 5 (2019): 593-95.
Reviewed by Pamela D. Winfield. Material Religion 16, no. 1 (2019): 123-24.