Satomi Hiyama (Karino)

Visiting Scholar (Jun 2019-Jul 2019)

PhD, Assistant Professor Kyoto University, Hakubi Center/Institute for Research in Humanities, Japan

Satomi Hiyama studied Art History at Keio University, obtaining her MA in Comparative Literature and Culture at University of Tokyo in 2009, and her PhD in Art History at the Freie Universität of Berlin in 2014 with a dissertation on the mural paintings of Buddhist rock monasteries in Kucha. She has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtät in Munich, at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, and at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. Since 2018 she has worked as an Assistant Professor at the Hakubi Center for Advanced Research of Kyoto University. Her current research projects deal with 1) visual and spatial concepts of early Buddhist rock monasteries in Kucha, and 2) cosmological and astral representations in Central and East Asian Buddhist visual arts in the fifth to seventh centuries. She is currently working on her two book projects on the mural paintings of Buddhist monastic sites in Kucha. At the MPIWG she is collaborating with the project Visualizations of the Heavens in Department III. In addition to her academic research, Satomi is engaged in various outreach activities, such as contributing to the curation of exhibitions (most recently for the Humboldt Forum in Berlin), and giving public talks at academic institutions worldwide.


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Cosmological and Astral images in Central Asian Buddhist Paintings


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Non-Buddhist Religious Icons in the Mural Paintings of Early Buddhist Caves in Kucha and Dunhuang

University of California, Berkeley, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies: Mithra, Buddha, and Mani Walk into a Desert. Indo-Iranian and Sino-Iranian Encounters in Central Asia

The Buddhist Community and Local Material Culture in the Kucha Kingdom – as seen in Mural Paintings

Yale University: CEAS (the Council on East Asian Studies) Colloquium Series

Indian Astral Deities in the Mural Paintings of Dunhuang Cave 285

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science: International Workshop "Visualization of the Heaven"

Shaping the World, Mirroring the Heaven. Cosmological and Astral images in Early Buddhist Mural Paintings in Chinese Border Regions

Harvard University, Department of History of Art and Architecture: Invited Talk

Iconography of Sumeru in the Buddhist Art in Central Asia: Reflection of the Multilayered Worldview of Local Buddhists in the 5th-6th Centuries

University of Toronto: XVIIIth Congress of the International Association for Buddhist Studies