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.
- Negotiating Religious Practice as a Woman in Bhutan
This lecture will provide an overview of different women religious practitioners in contemporary Bhutan and their emerging socio-religious roles.
- Canonical Illuminations: The Visual Subtext of a Fourteenth Century Sūtra Collection from Mustang, Nepal
This lecture will present an analysis of the canonical illuminations found in a fourteenth century Sūtra Collection from Mustang, Nepal.
- Controlled Disarray: The Social Life of the Doring Noble Family in 18 th century Tibet
Franz Xaver Erhard
The Doring family, also known as the Gazhi, ruled over Nakchu during the time of Ganden Podrang rule. This lecture will present will present the Doring family as an example to illustrate the various social strategies employed by a noble family in order to build, uphold and enhance its wealth, influence and status.