SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Revolution at the Grassroots: Changes in village-level administration in the TAR, 2011-19

Robert Barnett

Date: 27 November 2019Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 27 November 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: RG01

Type of Event: Lecture


The major changes that have taken place within Tibet at the grassroots level in the last decade represent a historic shift in the way the state administers and manages local people and communities there. These involve the proliferation not so much of technological forms of governance, which have been widely publicised, as of micro-administration: officials, offices and institutions that are designed to micro-manage a population and that represent an unreported but crucial element of any emerging "surveillance state". This talk gives details of recent changes in social management emerging in Tibet at the village level as part of China's long-term drive by to find ways to detect and prevent unrest before it happens.

Robert Barnett, King’s College, London

Robert Barnett was the founder-director of Modern Tibetan Studies at Columbia University in New York from 1999 to January 2018 and has taught at Columbia, Princeton, INALCO (Paris), IACER (Kathmandu) and Tibet University (Lhasa). He is an Affiliate Researcher at King’s College, London.

His books and edited volumes include Conflicting Memories, with Benno Weiner and Françoise Robin (forthcoming); Forbidden Memories, with the Tibetan author Woeser (forthcoming); Tibetan Modernities: Notes from the Field, with Ronald Schwartz (2008); Lhasa: Streets with Memories (2006) and A Poisoned Arrow: The Secret Report of the 10 th Panchen Lama (1997). Articles include studies of Tibetan politics, cinema, television, religious regulations, social management, women politicians, and contemporary exorcism rituals. He is a frequent commentator on Tibet and nationality issues in China for the media.

Organiser: Circle of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies

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