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.
- The Silk-Roads as a model for exploring Eurasian transmissions of medical knowledge: views from the Tibetan medical manuscripts of Dunhuang
This lecture focused on the Tibetan medical manuscripts from Dunhuang. These texts provide a fresh view into some of the multi-cultural interactions and exchanges of knowledge, and reveal the value of looking at sources in the ‘bridging’ languages of the Silk Roads.
- Revolution at the Grassroots: Changes in village-level administration in the TAR, 2011-19
This lecture gives a detailed account of recent changes in social managment emerged in Tibet at village level over the last decade.
- Magic as a Category of Practice in Tibetan Buddhism
Sam van Schaik
This lecture will explore how the concept of ‘magic’ can help us to bring Buddhist manuscripts and practices into focus and understand them better.