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Department of Religions and Philosophies

Circle of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Events

The aim of the Circle is to encourage the scholarly exploration of Tibetan culture by providing a forum for research, exhibitions and affiliated events pertaining to the civilisations of Tibet and the Himalayas held in the greater London area.

The intellectual focus consists of a series of seminars and lectures hosted by SOAS. The content of these presentations covers a wide range of Tibetological research including art, archaeology, architecture, history, language, literature, music,
philosophy and religion.

Its activities will be of particular interest to scholars, art collectors, academic institutions and other interest groups concerned with the study and preservation of the Tibetan cultural heritage. 

The administrative hub of the Circle consists of a custom built member database. This is designed to facilitate communication between scholars, galleries and aficionados of Tibetan and Himalayan culture and religion.

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  • Performing Politics: Art under the Phagmodrupa Dynasty
  • Olaf Czaja (Leipzig)
  • The Phagmodrupa were both a religious school and a noble house. They significantly shaped Tibetan society in the medieval period but fell into oblivion in the 17th century. Their art includes exquisite statues and relief sculptures. This talk focuses on the political role of the art possessed or commissioned by members of the Phagmodrupa.