Halle O’Neal, Mellon Assistant Professor of History of Art, will give a talk as part of Vanderbilt’s Fireside Chat series on Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in McTyeire Hall. Her presentation is entitled The Universe in a Fingernail? Connecting Pop Culture with Buddhist Relics.
“You might be surprised to find out that the principles underlying Buddhist relics and reliquaries and issues of commemoration that seem so distant from us are in fact ubiquitous in our contemporary society,” said O’Neal. “Come discover unexpected connections to medieval pilgrims, seventeenth-century Japanese nuns, and mummies.”
O’Neal specializes in premodern Japanese Buddhist art, in particular the intersections of body, relics, and text in visual culture. She teaches classes on Japanese painting and sculpture, East Asian art and architecture, and Buddhist relics and reliquaries.