SOAS University of London

Tibetan Studies at SOAS

Re-imagining Tibet: Transnational identities and representations


Date: 12 December 2009Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 12 December 2009Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili lecture theatre

Type of Event: Conference

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together leading academics and commentators to discuss Tibet and its current contexts in order to critically examine possible futures through a range of anthropological, cultural, geographical and geo-political discourses. In a year that has seen many pertinent anniversaries for Tibet, China and issues of human rights and democracy more broadly, this conference seeks to map and analyse new and shifting cultural contexts directly relevant to Tibet and its people.

  • Dr Dibyesh Anand (University of Westminster): The Geopolitical Disappearance of Tibet and Tibetans
  • Professor Robbie Barnett (Columbia University): Divergent Discourses: Challenges in Tibetan Studies
  • Dr Yangdon Dhondup (SOAS, University of London): Writing in Another Tongue: Sinophone Tibetan Literature
  • Dr Clare Harris (University of Oxford): Transnational Tibetan Artworlds
  • Lama Jabb (University of Oxford): Modern Tibetan Music and Reconstruction of National Identity
  • Dr Sonali Joshi (Tibet Film Festival): Youth, Nation and Identity: Towards a Construction of a Tibetan ‘National’ Cinema
  • Dr Timm Lau (King’s College Cambridge): Tibetans in India: From Refugees to Diaspora
  • Dr Fiona McConnell (Queen Mary, University of London): Constructing De Facto Sovereignty: Tibetan Settlements in India
  • Dechen Pemba (SOAS, University of London): From the Margins to the Mainstream: 'Voices' of Minorities in the Cultural Production of the People's Republic of China
  • Joona Repo (SOAS, University of London): Concrete Mandalas: The Construction of Tibetan Buddhist Refugee Architecture in India
  • Dr Françoise Robin (INALCO, Paris): Tibetan Women in the Literary Scene: Securing a Room of Whose Own?
  • Thubten Samdup (Representative of HH the Dalai Lama, Office of Tibet, London): Strengthening Tibetan Democracy in Exile: Bolstering the political base of the community in exile
  • Tsering Topgyal (London School of Economics): Breaking the Insecurity Dilemma: Security, Autonomy and Sustainability

Organiser: Dr Nathan W. Hill

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