Conference on self-immolations in Tibet

Please find below the programme of a two-days international conference on the recent extraordinary sequence (more than thirty occurrences in just over a year) of self-immolations in Tibet. This conference, titled “Tibet is burning. Self-Immolations in Tibet: Ritual or Political Protest?“, will be held at the Collège de France, in Paris, on 14-15 May 2012, with speakers from several European and North American universities and research institutions. The conference is organized jointly by the EPHE (École pratique des hautes études), the CNRS/EPHE research team CRCAO (Centre for research on the civilisations of East Asia), and INALCO (National institute of oriental languages and civilisations).

The provisional programme can be downloaded here.

(See also here for related, recently published materials.)

 


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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