New book: Buddhist Rituals of Power and Violence

July 28, 2014
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New book: Buddhist Rituals of Power and Violence Sihlé, Nicolas. 2013. Rituels bouddhiques de pouvoir et de violence : La figure du tantriste tibétain . Bibliothèque de l’École des Hautes Études – Sciences religieuses 152. Turnhout: Brepols. (405 pp.) Available from Brepols Publishers, Turnhout (Belgium): http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503544700-1 Abstract: Violence occupies a paradoxical...
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Incompleteness in Yi writings

March 7, 2013
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Incompleteness in Yi writings China officially numbers fifty-five “minority nationalities” (shaoshu minzu 少数民族)—an expression often inappropriately translated as “national minorities” and wrongly regarded as “ethnic groups”. One of these is the “Yi nationality” (Yizu 彝族), ranked first among the country’s Tibeto-Burman speaking populations with about eight million people. Some of the branches of this group (which might be...
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Changing forms of religion as an indicator of current transformations in Nepal

August 16, 2012
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Changing forms of religion as an indicator of current transformations in Nepal When carefully considered, the motto of “let’s be happy” seems rather appropriate to the current Nepali situation. Political failure, disillusionment with politics, power cuts, a shortage of so many basic necessities, an economic crisis, exodus of the population to foreign countries, severe ecological degradation, repeated bandas—the list of acute problems faced by the Nepali...
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Les minorités de Chine à l’exposition universelle de Shanghai

March 20, 2012
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Les minorités de Chine à l’exposition universelle de Shanghai Par le biais de l’exposition universelle organisée à Shanghai en 2010 sur le thème : « Better city, better life » (chengshi rang shenghuo geng mei hao 城市让生活更美好), la Chine a montré comment elle conçoit l’ « universel » en appliquant aux pays étrangers des concepts ancestraux propres à sa culture. Elle appréhende et...
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Money and butter: On participation in optional rituals

March 11, 2012
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Khyung-gön temple during the large Mani ritual, February 2011 (click to enlarge) In his study of the rituals of Newar Buddhism, although he privileges others categories for his analysis, David Gellner points out that “he first and most important distinction for Newar Buddhists is that between obligatory and optional practices”. It has always struck me that this distinction seems much less prominent in Tibetan discourses; however,...
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Quasi-generalized, mostly temporary, monasticism among boys: An uncommon form of Tibetan “mass monasticism”

October 7, 2011
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Quasi-generalized, mostly temporary, monasticism among boys: An uncommon form of Tibetan “mass monasticism” The phrase “mass monasticism” coined by Melvyn Goldstein is by now commonly used by specialists of Tibetan religion. As recently reformulated by Goldstein, it designates a monastic system characterized by “an emphasis on recruiting and sustaining very large numbers of celibate monks for their entire lives”. Such a monastic system has existed in Tibetan...
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Trans-ethnic entities

September 19, 2011
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Trans-ethnic entities To my knowledge, literature devoted to North-East India and the Himalayas makes little mention of either trans-ethnic descent groups or trans-ethnic patronymic groups. Hutton and Mills mention people from distinct Naga tribes who consider they belong to the same clan.1 In the Meghalaya-Assam borderland, Morningkeey Phangcho and myself recently collected a series of data...
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CFP: Francke’s legacy: archaeological research in Ladakh

June 17, 2014
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CFP: Francke’s legacy: archaeological research in Ladakh

Please note the following call for papers for a workshop, organized by the Indo-French Archaeological Mission in Ladakh (MAFIL), that will take place in Leh (Ladakh) on 28 Aug. 2014:


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CFP: Proceedings of the Bhutan Ecological Society

May 22, 2014
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CFP: Proceedings of the Bhutan Ecological Society   The Bhutan Ecological Society is launching a new journal: Proceedings of the Bhutan Ecological Society, and would like to solicit manuscript submissions (includes opinion pieces, review articles, etc.): see details below. The submission deadline is 16 June 2014. Extensions are possible upon request. More information about the Society and journal can be accessed...
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Comparative anthropology of Buddhism workshop: Possession specialists

May 21, 2014
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Comparative anthropology of Buddhism workshop: Possession specialists Organized as a collaboration between the Centre for Himalayan Studies and the Southeast Asia Centre units of the French CNRS, a series of day-long thematic workshops in the comparative anthropology of Buddhism is held in Paris this year (2013-2014), on the general theme of “Buddhist religious fields”. The third workshop will be held on...
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Archaeology and arts of Ladakh

May 2, 2014
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Archaeology and arts of Ladakh A one-day conference (Paris, 3 June 2014), open to all, hosted by the Centre de recherche sur les civilisations de l’Asie orientale, a research unit of the CNRS / EPHE / Université Paris Diderot: Nicolas SihléNicolas Sihlé, a sociocultural anthropologist, is researcher at the Center for Himalayan Studies, a research unit of the National...
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Symposium: Environment and Culture of the Tibetan Plateau

March 24, 2014
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Symposium: Environment and Culture of the Tibetan Plateau The UVa Tibet Center, at the University of Virginia, announces an international public symposium: Environment and Culture of the Tibetan Plateau The symposium will bring environmental scientists, conservationists, social scientists, and humanists together to discuss research and conservation on the Tibetan Plateau:   http://www.uvatibetcenter.org/?p=6761   Nicolas SihléNicolas Sihlé, a sociocultural anthropologist, is researcher at...
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New book: People of the Margins

March 19, 2014
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New book: People of the Margins Ramirez, Philippe. People of the margins: Across ethnic boundaries in North-East India. Guwahati: Spectrum, 2014. spectrumpublications.ghy@gmail.com, 16€, 20$, 15£, 680 INR. North-East India’s cultural landscape might be considered as both more complex and more simple than it is commonly perceived to be. Whatever regularity one perceives always seems to come up against many exceptions....
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CFP: ISYT, Leipzig 2015

March 4, 2014
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CFP: ISYT, Leipzig 2015

After its first conférences in London, Paris and Kobe, the ISYT (International Seminar for Young Tibetologists) research network announces its next international conference: Leipzig, 7-12 Sept. 2015


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Comparative anthropology of Buddhism workshop: Non-monastic specialists

January 27, 2014
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Comparative anthropology of Buddhism workshop: Non-monastic specialists Organized as a collaboration between the Centre for Himalayan Studies and the Southeast Asia Centre units of the French CNRS, a series of day-long thematic workshops in the comparative anthropology of Buddhism is held in Paris this year (2013-2014), on the general theme of “Buddhist religious fields”. The second workshop will be held on...
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Workshop: Territories, communities, and exchanges in Kham

December 16, 2013
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Workshop: Territories, communities, and exchanges in Kham The ERC-funded project “Territories, communities, and exchanges in Kham Sino-Tibetan Borderlands” announces a public workshop in Villejuif, convened by Stéphane Gros, at the Center for Himalayan Studies (CNRS), on 16 December 2013: Nicolas SihléNicolas Sihlé, a sociocultural anthropologist, is researcher at the Center for Himalayan Studies, a research unit of the National Centre for...
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Conference: When the Taxman Cometh

December 4, 2013
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Conference: When the Taxman Cometh When the Taxman Cometh: Tax, Corvée and Community Obligations in Tibetan Societies 6 and 7 December 2013 Fontainebleau     The French-German (ANR/DFG) research programme “Social History of Tibetan Societies, 17th to 20th Centuries” announces a 2-day conference at Fontainebleau. For the conference programme, click here. All the abstracts can be consulted here.  ...
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Comparative anthropology of Buddhism workshop: Monasticism

November 20, 2013
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Comparative anthropology of Buddhism workshop: Monasticism Organized as a collaboration between the Centre for Himalayan Studies and the Southeast Asia Centre units of the French CNRS, a series of day-long thematic workshops in the comparative anthropology of Buddhism will be held in Paris this year (2013-2014), on the general theme of “Buddhist religious fields”. The first workshop will be held...
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Jean Rouch International Film Festival: Tibet

November 7, 2013
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Jean Rouch International Film Festival: Tibet Since its beginnings, one of the recurring components of the annual Jean Rouch International Film Festival in Paris is a series of screenings entitled “Regards comparés” (something that we could perhaps translate as “Our gaze, their gaze”), in which a theme or place is approached through documentary films of different periods, made by native...
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