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 for the workshop:

Sign in a Senggeshong restaurant (G. Roche)

Sign in a Senggeshong restaurant (G. Roche)


The Tibetosphere is a linguistic area that includes all regions influenced by the Tibetic languages. It is over five times the size of Sweden and is spread across six countries – China, Burma, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Pakistan – with the vast majority of the region in China. Many of the non-Tibetic minority languages of this region are presently endangered. The consequences of declining diversity in the region are still unknown, but given the region’s historical, cultural, and geopolitical significance, this situation shift merits further investigation. This workshop therefore seeks to explore the diversity and vitality of the minority languages of the Chinese Tibetosphere, across three broad themes: ancient trends, contemporary developments, and future prospects. The workshop will employ UNESCO’s nine-factor model of linguistic vitality as a framework within which to discuss sociolinguistic trends in the Chinese Tibetosphere. This research is broadly concordant with the increasing attention being paid to the global crisis in linguistic diversity. Furthermore, despite broad scholarly interest in language endangerment in China, no previous studies have dealt with the minority languages of the Chinese Tibetosphere as a whole.

Please click here for a detailed workshop program, with background information on the conference topic, schedule, presentation abstracts and bibliographical suggestions.

Cite this blog post
Nicolas Sihlé (2014, October 30). Workshop: minority languages of the Chinese Tibetosphere. The Himalayas and beyond. Retrieved June 19, 2024, from

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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3 Responses

  1. Nicolas Sihlé says:

    A workshop report by Gerald Roche has now been posted here.

  2. Third Eye says:

    –the real essences,subtleties and hidden wisdom of such cultures and religions have rarely been properly observed ,understood or explained by people who call themselves ‘anthropologists’ –if they wanted everything to be neatly explained,and organised into pigeon hole and strict parameters they should have taken up mathematics !

    • Philippe Ramirez says:

      Please be more precise if you really want to exchange. How do you observe “hidden wisdom”? Anthropologist try to tell what they see after staying in places for long periods. If you know another method to catch reality, please reveal it. And if you disagree with what they write, let’s critize them by putting forward alternate descriptions.

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