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”.

This year’s first workshop will be held on Friday, 5 December 2014.
Its theme is:

Buddhism and the Spirit Cults Revisited.

Please find the short program below, and the complete program, with abstracts and bibliographical suggestions, here.

All interested scholars and students are most welcome to join us.
Please contact: Nicolas Sihlé (nsihle [at]

Past and future sessions of these workshops:

2013-14 (1st year of the “Buddhist religious fields” cycle):

2014-15 (2nd year of the “Buddhist religious fields” cycle):



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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1 Response

  1. Nicolas Sihlé says:

    Dear readers,
    Please note that in the post above, the programme has been slightly updated, twice (Nov. 20 and Nov. 26), both in the short and detailed formats. The list of workshop sessions given above has also been expanded to include the forthcoming sessions of the year.
    Nicolas Sihlé

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