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PD Dr. Ugo Dessì

Privatdozent, Institute for the Study of Religion, University of Leipzig

Main Research Areas

Japanese religions

Shin Buddhism

Religion and globalization



Habilitation (Religious Studies) [German qualification for a full university professorship], University of Leipzig, Germany (2012)

Ph.D. (Religious Studies), University of Marburg, Germany (2006)

● PGD (Buddhist Studies), K.J. Somaiya Center of Buddhist Studies, India (2002)

Laurea M.A. (Philosophy), University of Cagliari, Italy (1998)


Monographs and Edited Volumes

Dessì, Ugo. 2017. The Global Repositioning of Japanese Religions: An Integrated Approach. London and New York: Routledge (ISBN 9781472480798).

Amstutz, Galen and Ugo Dessì (eds.). 2014. New Research on Japanese Religions under Globalization (Special issue of the Journal of Religion in Japan 3/2-3). Leiden: Brill (ISSN 22118330).

Dessì, Ugo. 2013. Japanese Religions and Globalization (Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy 7). London and New York: Routledge (ISBN 9780415811705).

● Dessì, Ugo (ed.). 2010. The Social Dimension of Shin Buddhism (Numen Book Series 129). Leiden and Boston: Brill (ISBN 9789004186538).

● Dessì, Ugo. 2007. Ethics and Society in Contemporary Shin Buddhism (Studies in Modern Asian Religions 5). Berlin: Lit Verlag (ISBN 9783825808150).

● Dessì, Ugo et al. 2007. Il bodhisattva Kannon nel Buddhismo giapponese [The Bodhisattva Kannon in Japanese Buddhism]. Cosenza: Giordano Editore (ISBN 978886919258).


Selected Articles and Book Chapters

Dessì, Ugo. 2014. “Risshō Kōseikai within Globalization: A Multidimensional Approach.” Journal of Religion in Japan 3/2-3: 121-140 [pdf].

Amstutz, Galen and Ugo Dessì. 2014. “Introduction: Approaching Japanese Religions under Globalization.” Journal of Religion in Japan 3/2-3: 83-95 [pdf].

●  Dessì, Ugo. 2014. “Religious Change as Glocalization: The Case of Shin Buddhism in Honolulu.” In: Leah Kalmanson and James Mark Shields, eds., Buddhist Responses to Globalization, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

●  Dessì, Ugo. 2013. “‘Greening Dharma’: Contemporary Japanese Buddhism and Ecology.” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 7/3: 334-355 [pdf].

● Dessì, Ugo. 2012. “Religion, Hybrid Forms, and Cultural Chauvinism in Japan.” Journal of Religion in Japan 1/2: 168-187 [pdf].

● Dessì, Ugo. 2011. “Japanese Religions, Inclusivism, and the Global Context.” Japanese Religions 36/1-2: 83-99 [pdf].

● Dessì, Ugo. 2010. “Religion, Networking, and Social Issues in Japan: The Case of the Kyōdan Fuchi Kenkyūsho Konwakai.” Japanese Religions 35/1-2: 87-100 [pdf].

● Dessì, Ugo. 2010. “Social Behavior and Religious Consciousness among Shin Buddhist Practitioners.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 37/2: 335-366 [pdf].

● Dessì, Ugo. 2010. “Shin Buddhism and Globalization: Attitudes toward the Political Subsystem and Pluralism at the Organizational and Individual Levels.” In: U. Dessì, ed. The Social Dimension of Shin Buddhism, 241-266. Leiden and Boston: Brill [pdf].

● Dessì, Ugo. 2010. “Introduction: Shin Buddhism and Japanese Society.” In: U. Dessì, ed. The Social Dimension of Shin Buddhism, 1-10. Leiden and Boston: Brill [pdf].

● Dessì, Ugo. 2009. “Kojin reberu kara mita Shinshū dōtoku no tokusei to dainamikusu 個人レベルから見た真宗道徳の特性とダイナミクス” [The Character and Dynamics of Shin Buddhist Morality at the Individual Level]. Shūkyō to rinri 宗教と倫理 9: 64-82 [pdf].

● Dessì, Ugo. 2009. “Gendai no Jōdo Shinshū ni okeru gurōbaruka: kachi no sōtaika, kinō bunka, shakai rinri 現代の浄土真宗におけるグローバル化―価値の相対化、機能分化、社会倫理” [Contemporary Shin Buddhism and Globalization: Relativization of Values, Functional Differentiation, and Social Ethics]. Shūkyō kenkyū 宗教研究 83/1: 93-114 [pdf].

● Dessì, Ugo. 2009. “Objectivity and Belief in the Academic Study of Shin Buddhism.” The Pure Land (New Series) 25: 57-70 [pdf].

● Dessì, Ugo. 2009. “Shin Buddhism, Authority, and the Fundamental Law of Education.” Numen 56/5: 523-544 [pdf].

● Dessì, Ugo. 2008. “The Pure Land as a Principle of Social Criticism,” Japanese Religions 33/1-2: 75-90 [pdf].

● Dessì, Ugo. 2006. “The Critique of Anthropocentrism and Humanism in Present-day Shin Buddhism.” Japanese Religions 31/2: 111-125 [pdf].

● Dessì, Ugo. 2006. “Why Be Engaged? Doctrinal Facets of Jōdo Shinshū Social Activism.” The Pure Land (New Series) 22: 103-112.



PD Dr. Ugo Dessì
University of Leipzig, Institute for the Study of Religion
Schillerstr. 6, 04109 Leipzig (Germany)
Tel.: +49 (0)341 9737160
E-mail: ugo.dessi[at]


Japanese Religions and Globalization. London and New York: Routledge, 2013 [Google books] [].


The Social Dimension of Shin Buddhism. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010 [Google books] [].


Ethics and Society in Contemporary Shin Buddhism. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2007 [Google books] [].