Conference: Property in Tibetan Societies

December 1, 2014
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Conference: Property in Tibetan Societies Property in Tibetan Societies: Ownership, Transfer, Confiscation 15 and 16 December 2014 Paris     The French-German (ANR/DFG) research programme "Social History of Tibetan Societies, 17th to 20th Centuries" announces a 2-day conference at the Collège de France (52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine) in Paris. For the conference programme, click here. All the abstracts...
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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”.1 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 Goldstein1 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”.2 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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Workshop Report: Minority Languages of the Chinese Tibetosphere

November 21, 2014
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Workshop Report: Minority Languages of the Chinese Tibetosphere   Brief Report on the Workshop on Minority Languages of the Chinese Tibetosphere by Gerald Roche (post-doctoral fellow at the Hugo Valentin Centre, and convenor of the workshop)   On the 3rd and 4th of November, 2014, 17 participants from 8 countries, and a number of observers, joined the Workshop on Minority Languages of...
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Comparative anthropology of Buddhism workshop: Buddhism and spirit cults

November 10, 2014
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Comparative anthropology of Buddhism workshop: Buddhism and spirit cults 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 over a period of two years (2013-14 and 2014-15), on the general theme of “Buddhist religious fields”.  ...
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Workshop: minority languages of the Chinese Tibetosphere

October 30, 2014
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Workshop: minority languages of the Chinese Tibetosphere Please note the following international workshop, to be held at the Hugo Valentin Centre of Uppsala University, on November 3-4, 2014, and organized by Gerald Roche (currently post-doctoral fellow at the Hugo Valentin Centre):   Workshop on Minority Languages of the Chinese Tibetosphere:   Ancient Trends, Contemporary Developments, and Future Prospects   General abstract...
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CFP: Religious Revivals and Artistic Renaissance

October 16, 2014
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CFP: Religious Revivals and Artistic Renaissance

Religious Revivals and Artistic Renaissance in Central Asia and the Himalayan Region – past and present. Please note the following call for papers:


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New Book: Masquerades in the Himalayas

October 9, 2014
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New Book: Masquerades in the Himalayas Masquerades in the Himalayas : the virtues of laughter An original and beautifully illustrated book by Pascale Dollfus and Gisèle Krauskopff is out: With its lively skeletons and walking dead, ancient bawdy characters and pregnant old women, buffoons with their inflated virility and asinine ascetics, exorcism rites and theatrical comics, this book — penned...
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Gesar Conference, Paris

October 9, 2014
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Gesar Conference, Paris

International conference: The Many Faces of Ling Gesar / Destins divers de l'épopée de Gesar de Ling. Homage to Rolf A. Stein. Collège de France, Paris, 27-28 Oct. 2014


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Conference: Nepal & the Himalaya

September 22, 2014
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Conference: Nepal & the Himalaya organised by Social Science Baha, Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, Britain-Nepal Academic Council & Centre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS CALL FOR PAPERS The Fourth Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya 22-24 July, 2015, Kathmandu Proposals are invited for stand-alone papers or three-paper panels. Papers Papers can deal with any aspect of life...
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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 (Buddhist Rituals of Power and Violence: The Figure of the Tibetan Tantrist). 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


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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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