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.
- A Mi la ras pa shrine in time: history and revival of Brag dkar rta so monastery
- The holy shrine of Brag dkar rta so in south-western Tibet is linked to the great Tibetan mystic Mi la ras pa. Abandoned in the 1960s, it was gradually revived in the late 1980s. After outlining the importance of Brag dkar rta so as a Buddhist monastery in the Tibet-Nepal borderlands, the talk will focus on the current process of restoration, and it will look at this particular case as an opportunity to explore the current management of Tibetan cultural heritage.
- Rape in Tibetan Literature: a sheer narrative device or a constituted social problem?
This lecture will explore the literary representations of rape in contemporary literature in Tibetan, enquiring about its function: is it a simple narrative tool meant to spice up a storyline, or a social problem that is constituted as such?
- Reconfiguration and Revival: Newar Buddhist Traditions in the Kathmandu Valley (and Beyond)
This lecture will explore the revival and reconfiguration process of Newar Buddhism in Kathmandu Valley, revival that, in the last decade, showed a remarkable resiliency and vibrancy.
A special focus will be on how these factors converged in the nearly-completed construction of a Newar Vajrayāna monastery in Lumbini.
- Rahul Sankrityayan, Tsetan Phuntsog and the Publication of Tibetan Textbooks for Ladakh in 1933
In 1933 the Indian scholar and social activist Rahul Sankrityayan published a set of four Tibetan-language readers and a grammar for use in Ladakhi schools, together with his Ladakhi colleague Tsetan Phuntsog. This lecture will show how these texts bring together different strands in Tibetan, Western and Indian learning at a particular place and historical moment.
- The Political and Cultural Impacts of the 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal
On 25 April 2015 central Nepal was struck by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake which killed over 9000 people and displaced 2.8 million. This lecture will examine some aspects of the earthquake's the cultural and political impacts on the country.