“Himalayan Connections” workshop report

iconThe interdisciplinary workshop “Himalayan Connections: Disciplines, Geographies, Trajectories”, convened by Andrew Quintman (Religious Studies) and Sara Shneiderman (Anthropology), both Yale faculty members as well as core members of the Yale Himalaya Initiative, was held at Yale University on March 9-10, 2013. The workshop’s aims were:

  • to consider the interdisciplinary connections that might shape new approaches to Himalayan Studies;
  • to recognize the diversity of perspectives that characterize Himalayan scholarship;
  • to consider the processes of change that affect ideas about the Himalaya;
  • and to initiate dialogue towards future collaboration.

These aims were pursued through six themed panels: Disciplinary Histories; Scales of Connectivity; Identities; Everyday Religion and the Environment; Visual and Literary Representations; and States and Borders. The participants were asked to respond to a shared set of questions that the convenors provided to guide each panel, and this structure is reflected in a workshop report, authored by Austin Lord, Andrew Quintman and Sara Shneiderman, that has just been made public. The report can be consulted and downloaded here:
http://himalayanconnections2013.commons.yale.edu/files/2013/10/Himalayan-Connections-Proceedings_Final-complete.pdf

 


Nicolas Sihlé

Nicolas Sihlé, a sociocultural anthropologist, is researcher at the Center for Himalayan Studies, a research unit of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) based in Villejuif (France). He specializes on Tibetan religion and society, and is the author of Rituels bouddhiques de pouvoir et de violence : La figure du tantriste tibétain [Buddhist rituals of power and violence : The figure of the Tibetan tantrist] (Brepols, 2013). His current work focuses on post-Mao socioreligious transitions in and around the famous communities of non-monastic specialists of tantric Buddhism in northeast Tibet (Amdo), and more generally on the comparative anthropology of Buddhism.

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