Francesca Tarocco

Francesca Tarocco is a Full Professor of Buddhist Studies and Chinese Religions at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and Visiting Professor of Buddhist Cultures at New York University, Shanghai. Tarocco was also Leverhulme Trust Fellow at the University of Manchester and Visiting Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Tarocco’s research interests are in the cultural history of China, Chinese Buddhism, environmental history, visual culture and urban Asia.

Tarocco is the Director of NICHE, the Centre for Environmental Humanities at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She is the cofounder and director of the international research initiative Shanghai Studies Society and a fellow of the Critical Collaborations Network at the Institute for Advanced Study at New York University.

Her latest publication is “Luminous Remains: On Relics, Jewels, and Glass in Chinese Buddhism”, in Jewels, Jewelry, and Other Shiny Things in the Buddhist Imaginary”, ed. by Vanessa R. Sasson, Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 2021, pp. 242–259