Workshop – Territories, communities, and exchanges in Kham Sino-Tibetan Borderlands


“Territories, communities, and exchanges in Kham Sino-Tibetan Borderlands”

(ERC Starting Grant)

25 June, 2013

 Centre for Himalayan Studies

Campus CNRS de Villejuif – Centre G.-A. Haudricourt

Salle de conference, RDC, bâtiment D

9:30 – 17:00


Programme (download here):

9:30: Welcome

9:45: Introduction

Stéphane Gros (Centre d’études himalayennes, CNRS)



David Atwill (Pennsylvania State University)

Islam in Kham Tibet: A forgotten Shangri-la


Patrick Booz (Centre d’études himalayennes, CNRS)

The frontier interface: Geography, transport and the limits of trade


12:00—14:00: Lunch break


Rémi Chaix (Centre d’études himalayennes, CNRS)

Looking for administrative boundaries within Khams: The case of the Kingdom of sDe dge during the 17th and 18th centuries


Katia Buffetrille (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes)

The Kha ba dkar po pilgrimage: Regional relevance and specificities


Stéphane Gros (Centre d’études himalayennes, CNRS)

Preliminary considerations on kinship systems in the Sino-Tibetan borderlands


All interested scholars are most welcome to join us.
Please contact Stéphane Gros :


LOGO-ERC“Territories, communities, and exchanges in Kham Sino-Tibetan Borderlands”

ERC Starting Grant n°283870


Stéphane Gros

Stéphane Gros is a social anthropologist at the CNRS (France), Centre for Himalayan Studies. He has been conducting anthropological research in Northwest Yunnan province in China since the mid-nineties and published a monograph on the Drung, a long-deprived minority of swidden agriculturalists (La Part manquante, 2012). He has published a number of articles on issues of interethnic relations, ethnic classification, representations of ethnic minorities, gender and kinship, poverty and categorization. His more recent personal research investigates heritage politics and environmental discourses in this region. He is currently coordinating a collaborative project on the Sino-Tibetan Border, "Territories, Communities, and Exchanges in the Kham Sino-Tibetan Borderlands", funded by a ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant. He is also Editor-at-Large at HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, an online and open-access anthropology journal.

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