Silvio Calzolari, Short Curriculum

Silvio Calzolari graduated in Japanese Language and Literature at the University of Florence (1979), after having deepened his knowledge of the Chinese and Tibetan languages (with Lama Namkai Norbu) at the ISMeO in Rome.

He also specialized in History of Religions with professor Maurilio Adriani, at the University of Florence.

In Japan (where he went for the first time with an ISMeO scholarship in 1979) he was a collaborator of professor Tadao Sakai (History of Religions at the Taisho University of Tokyo) and professor Kawaguchi Hisao (Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Kanazawa). In particular with professor Kawaguchi he has conducted researches on Shamanism and ecstatic techniques of Japanese shamans, Taoism and esoteric Shingon Mikkyo Buddhism.

His researches in Japan lasted for about eight years. He taught Japanese Language and Literature at the University of Florence, continuing the tradition of oriental studies started by prof. Fosco Maraini.

He was also a professor of History of Oriental Ethnic Costumes at the Polimoda in Florence. Since 1989 he has been teaching Phenomenology of Religions at the Superior Institute of Religious Sciences (ISSR) in Florence, at the Pontifical Gregorian University and at the Theological Faculty of Central Italy in Florence.

Today, thanks also to the knowledge of the Arabic language and culture, he teaches History of Oriental Religions and Islamology at the Superior Institute of Religious Sciences in Florence and the Theological Faculty of Central Italy.

Silvio Calzolari has been a member of numerous national and international associations, has set up exhibitions and organized debates and conferences.

In the academic year 1999-2000 he was commissioned to teach Chinese language at the Acupuncture School of the city of Florence connected to the Faculty of Medicine.

In the years 2003 and 2004 he was appointed professor of Archeology of Japan and the Far East at the University of Bologna (Ravenna branch).

Silvio Calzolari speaks several languages, among which, besides English, also Japanese and Mandarin Chinese; he has published some books (among these: The Chained God, Stories of Japanese Saints and Immortals in Japan of the Heian era / 794-1185, Florence, Sansoni, 1984), numerous studies in specialized magazines and was a columnist for various national newspapers.

He has collaborated with many magazines such as Storia Illustrata, Archeologia Viva, Archeo, Storia e Dossier, Testimonianze, Percorsi and others. Currently Silvio Calzolari, in addition to the translation from Japanese of the works of the bonze Kobo Daishi (774-835), is developing some research projects on the encounter of cultures and religions between East and West.