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Tibetan Studies at SOAS

Tibetan Studies Outreach Lecture Series

A series of lectures and events related to Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism aimed at the general public.

This series of lectures and events proposes to bridge the gap which sometimes exists between the academic study of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism and the general or popular interest in these subjects among the public. These talks are frequently organised jointly between SOAS and other London based Tibet related charities and NGOs. 

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Forthcoming Events

Cloth cleansed in fire, animals with incombustible fur, and how it all comes together in India and Eurasia

Dr Péter-Dániel Szántó (Oxford)

This talk will eluciate the meaning of the Sanskrit word agniśauca (‘cleansed in/by fire’), which can denote a kind of cloth and a kind of small animal. However, one cannot identify the true referent by relying on Indic sources alone. Looking to China, Inner Asia, and Mediaeval Europe, a remarkable shared belief emerges: the cloth cleansed in fire and the fur of small animals are actually one and the same thing.

29 January 2015, Vernon Square, V211, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The fortunes and misfortunes of the Tibetan army’s reforms during the first half of the 20th century (1895-1951)

Dr Alice Travers (CNRS)

The Tibetan army's expansion and reform was part of a modernisation programme undertaken by the 13th Dalai-lama. Troop numbers, organisation and equipment were improved in the context of Tibet’s de facto independence and increasing military threat to the east. Based on biographies, archives and interviews, this talk analyses the military reforms (recruitment, hierarchy, training, uniform, arms, ammunitions) in tandem with the political national and international context.

26 March 2015, Vernon Square, V211, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM