Martino Dibeltulo Concu is a historian of Buddhism, with expertise in two main areas. The first is the study of the history and historiography of Chinese and Tibetan Buddhist relations. He focuses in particular on Buddhist scriptures and scholastic works as they were translated and interpreted by Chinese exegetes during the late imperial and Republican periods.

The second area is the history of Buddhism in its encounter with European and American religious and philosophical formations. He is interested in  the question of how the study of Buddhism influenced Enlightenment legacies and global thought during the modern age, specifically how the imagination of the Indian roots of Buddhism was shaped through global networks of knowledge and the modern forces of colonialism and nationalism in Asia.

His teaching broadly reflects his research interests, including theory courses that examine the concepts of religion and magic, travel and place, scripture and practice across disciplinary boundaries, and thematic courses that engage classical works from both Chinese and Tibetan philosophical and religious traditions.

He currently teaches Modern Chinese Language (L-OR/21) in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Sassari (Sardinia, Italy).


2015 Ph.D., University of Michigan (USA)
                     Asian Languages and Cultures, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies.
                     Dissertation: The Revival of Tantrism: Tibetan Buddhism and Modern China.
                     Academic Advisor: Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
2005 M.A., Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
                     Asian Languages and Civilizations, Buddhist and Chinese Studies.
2003 B.A., Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
                     Asian Languages and Cultures, Chinese Studies.

Other Publications

Articles and chapters:

Dibeltulo Concu, Martino. (2017). “Buddhism, Philosophy, History. On Eugène Burnouf’s Simple Sūtras,” in Journal of Indian Philosophy 45, 3, 473-511.

Dibeltulo Concu, Martino. “Tantrism, Modernity, History. On Lü Cheng’s Philological Method.” In Ester Bianchi and Shen Weirong, eds. Sino-Tibetan Buddhism. Cambridge, Harvard University Press. (Forthcoming in 2019.)

Dictionary Entries:

“Fazun,” “Taixu.” (2014). The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, eds. Robert Buswell, Donald S. Lopez, Jr. (Princeton: Princeton University Press).


Monographs in Preparation:
Dibeltulo Concu, Martino. Traces of Tantra: Buddhism and the World of Nations.
Translations from Chinese in Preparation:
Fazun. Modern Tibet. Trans., Martino Dibeltulo Concu.
Fahai. Life Begins after Death. Trans., Martino Dibeltulo Concu.


American Academy of Religion.

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