Presentation of the Himalaya Archive Vienna with a Lecture by Axel Michaels [2022|06|30]
30. June, 5:30 pm, seminar room 1, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies
With a lecture by Axel Michaels: "Nepal zwischen Indien und China. Neue Überlegungen zur Transkulturalität" and contributions by Verena Widorn and Alban von Stockhausen.
Afterwards, ISTB and CIRDIS invite to a small reception in honor of Martin Gaenszle, which will include a closing speech by Klaus-Dieter Mathes.
Please take a look at the program for detailed information.
Buddhistisches Kulturerbe in Mustang, Nepal – Buchpräsentation und Diskussion
10. November, 18 Uhr, Aula am Campus, AAKH
Christian Luczanits (SOAS, London),
Markus Viehbeck (ISTB, Universität Wien)
Moderation: Verena Widorn (CIRDIS, Universität Wien)
In einem gemeinsamen Vortrag und anschließender Diskussion mit der Kunsthistorikerin und Archivarin Verena Widorn (CIRDIS, Universität Wien) werden die beiden Autoren verschiedene Aspekte ihrer Arbeit mit tibetischen Manuskripten beleuchten und über die Bewahrung von gefährdetem buddhistischen Kulturerbe im Himalayaraum diskutieren. (mehr Info)
Die Veranstaltung ist frei zugänglich, es gelten die aktuellen COVID19-Regelungen.
Wilhelm Hartel Award for Prof. Deborah Klimburg-Salter
We congratulate Deborah Klimburg-Salter, founder and former director of CIRDIS, for receiving the highest research award for Humanities and Social Sciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences!
Workshop: Trans-border Communities, Connections and Bordering Belonging and political membership across India’s borders, 23th July 2021
The project "Trans-Border Religion: Re-composing Limbu rituals in the Nepal–Sikkim borderlands"
(P 29805; 11/2016–10/2020) is going to host a workshop on 23rd of July 2021.
Convener: Mélanie Vandenhelsken
Venue: Vienna, 23 July 2021, University campus - Alte Kapelle, Uni Campus, Hof 1, Spitalgasse 2–4, 1090 Wien
The presentation schedule is available here.
26-03-2021: Online Lecture on the Slavery in the Naga Hills
Lecture: THE IMPERIAL POLITICS OF SLAVERY IN THE NAGA HILLS
by Roderick Wijunamai (Royal Thumphu College, Bhutan)
Please join us in Vienna for a CIRDIS presentation of Roderick Wijunamai's paper.
It will be streamed via zoom:
Friday 26 March 2021, 2:00pm (Vienna), 6:30 pm (India), 7:00pm (Bhutan)
10-03-2020: CIRDIS QGIS Mini-Workshop
CIRDIS organised a 2 hour QGIS mini-workshop for its staff and members. Jürgen Schörflinger gave an introduction to the basics of GIS software and then focused on working through a selection of hands on examples of the productive use of GIS software in our fields of research.
ECSAS2020 is now ECSAS2021
Due to the developments in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we will unfortunately have to postpone our conference. It will now take place from 26 to 29 July 2021.
Further information can be found at the website of the 26th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS).
POSTPONED: Evening Lecture by Axel Michaels
„Louis Dumont und der Zusammenfluss von Ethnologie und Indologie“
The lecture will is postponed due to the current developments in the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak. We will inform you about the new date as soon as possible.
When and Where:
Wednesday 25 March 2020, 5:30 pm
Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna
In diesem Vortrag möchte ich zeigen, wie Louis Dumonts berühmte Behauptung, dass "the first condition for a sound development of a Sociology of India is found in the establishment of the proper relation between it and classical Indology", obsolet geworden und von Anfang an ein problematisches Postulat war. Ich entwickle zunächst den historischen Hintergrund der Verunglimpfung anthropologischer Ansätze in Indien vor dem Hintergrund des Aufstiegs einer idealisierenden Indologie als philologischer Disziplin. Dann erörtere ich die strukturellen, methodischen und ideologischen Probleme, die es schwierig machten, Dumonts Rat zu folgen und den Punkt des Zusammenflusses von Soziologie und Indologie zu suchen. Schließlich stelle ich Dumonts ganzheitlichen Ansatz in Bezug auf die holistische Struktur der akademischen Disziplinen, die im 19. Jahrhundert auf der Grundlage des Nationalstaatsmodells entstanden sind, und argumentiere, dass es irreführend und reduzierend ist zu denken, dass "the construction of an Indian Sociology rests in part upon the existence of Indology".
CANCELLED: Ahimsa (Special Private Screening)
Unfortunately the Event had to be cancelled on short notice today due to the newest restrictions enforced by the Austrian Government in response to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.
"Ashimsa: Gandhi – The Power of the Powerless" a film by Ramesh Sharma (runtime: 103 minutes)
When and Where:
Tuesday 10 March 2020, 6:00 pm
Universität Wien, Hauptgebäude, BIG Hörsaal 1
Limited seating, please register at: https://hist-kult.univie.ac.at/veranstaltungen/ahimsa-gandhi-the-power-of-the-powerless/
In honor of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th anniversary, the prize-winning film director Ramesh Sharma documents how Gandhi’s philosophy inspired political leaders on three continents to strive for freedom, justice and human rights through non-violent protest. The global im- pact of Gandhi’s philosophy is portrayed through the narratives of Martin Luther King, Lech Walesa, Vaclev Havel and Nelson Mandela.
Throughout global history social and political movements attempt- ing to challenge and overcome oppression often lead to violent resis- tance and sometimes revolution, until Mahatma Gandhi introduced the political philosophy of Ahimsa (non-violence). A short version of this film was premiered during the celebrations honoring Peace Day at the United Nations, New York.
A cooperation of:
ECSAS2020 - Paper Submission Extended
The Paper Submission for the 26th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS), coorganised by CIRDIS, the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (ISTB) and the Institute for Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences has been extended to Sunday 24 November 2019 UTC.
The abstracts of the accapted panel proposals are available at https://ecsas2020.univie.ac.at/panels.
Please also note: we have set up an FAQ-section on our conference website. Have a look, it should answer most questions related to the submission and our conference in general.
24/25-10-2019: CIRDIS at the Kyoto – Vienna Joint Workshop
Martin Gaenszle, Jürgen Schörflinger and Verena Widorn participated at the "2nd Joint Workshop Kyoto University — University of Vienna" that took place between 24 and 25 October 2019 at the Kyoto University.
The workshop was the second one in this series after last year's joint workshop held at the University of Vienna and the first one members from CIRDIS participated in. It followed only two weeks after both Universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding detailing the efforts to enhance the existing collaborations between both Universities.
CIRDIS was part of the "Asian Studies" Session and elaborated on it's long lasting cooperations with members from the Kyoto University Institute for Research in Humanities (in particular Prof. Minoru Inaba). At the same time the workshop was used to extend the collaboration to the Central Himalayan Regions and plans for the exchange of researchers and joint seminars have been discussed and outlined.
Program of the Asian Studies Session
Afghanistan and Art History
- Between Vienna and Kyoto via Bamiyan (Minoru Inaba, Kyoto University)
- Research and Documentation of Afghanistan and the Adjacent Areas: an Overview of the Kyoto-Vienna Co-operation (Verena Widorn)
- Individual Archives, Unified Retrievability: Archiving and Connecting Research Data on Afghanistan in Kyoto and Vienna (Jürgen Schörflinger)
- The Hindu Šāhi kings in al-Bīrūnī's account (Noémie Verdon)
Tibetan and Himalayan Studies
- Documenting Himalayan Borderland Cultures: CIRDIS and Ethnographic Archiving (Martin Gaenszle)
- Future of Tibeto-Himalayan Studies: a Joint Project between the University of Vienna and Kyoto University (Seiji Kumagai, Kyoto University)
- Body and Mind in the Tibetan and Himalayan Cultural World: Research Interests and Possible Collaborations (Marc-Henri Deroche)
The presentations were followed by a discussions on the future collaboration and exchange programs between both universities.
14/15-11-2019: René Nebesky-Wojkowitz Symposium
Symposium: "Exploring Himalayan Textual Heritage: Symposium in memoriam René Nebesky-Wojkowitz (1923–1959) and his text collections at the Weltmuseum Wien"
Save the date:
Thursday and Friday 14-15 November 2019; Weltmuseum Wien
This two-day symposium is organised in memory of the Czech-Austrian ethnographer and Tibetologist René Nebesky-Wojkowitz, honouring the 60th anniversary of his untimely and unexpected death, by focusing on different aspects of his long forgotten text collection housed at the ethnographic museum in Vienna, the Weltmuseum Wien.
In 1949 René Nebesky-Wojkowitz received his doctoral degree in Tibetan and Mongolian languages at the Oriental Institute at the University of Vienna and became qualified as professor in 1956 at the Department of Ethnology with his seminal book 'Oracles and Demons of Tibet', a milestone in the study of Tibetan religion and iconography.
Three research trips to West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal in the years between 1950 and 1959 served as the basis of more than 20 publications that he produced in his short but intense academic life. During his ethnographic and philological studies René Nebesky-Wojkowitz acquired a comprehensive collection of manuscripts and block prints. The corpus of his collection comes from different cultural contexts and is of great value for the study of Buddhist iconography, Tibetan medicine and ritual, the grammatical tradition and other topics.
Uwe Niebuhr, Verena Widorn, Pascale Hugon, Markus Viehbeck
- FWF-Project P 31570-G32 "The Scientific Legacy of René Nebesky-Wojkowitz"
- Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History (CIRDIS), University of Vienna
- Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA), Austrian Academy of Sciences
- Weltmuseum Wien, Vienna
- Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna
ECSAS2020 - Paper Submission Open
The Paper Submission for the 26th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS), coorganised by CIRDIS, the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (ISTB) and the Institute for Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA) at the Austrian Academy of Scienceswill are open until Sunday 17 November 2019.
ECSAS2020 - Panel Abstracts Online
The abstracts of the accapted panel proposals for the 26th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS), coorganised by CIRDIS, the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (ISTB) and the Institute for Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences are now online. The Paper Submission will open Friday September 4.
03-06-2019: Symposium on Mirabehn
Symposium: "Mirabehn After Gandhi: Launch of the Mirabehn Archive at the Library, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies"
Wednesday 3 July 2019, 2:00pm s.t.; Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (seminar room 1)
24-06-2019: Lecture on the Lakṣmaṇ Rekhā
Lecture: "Lakṣmaṇ Rekhā, or a (Thin) Boundary not to be Crossed" by Danuta Stasik (Faculty of Oirental Studies, University of Warsaw)
Monday 24 June 2019, 3:00pm s.t.; Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (seminar room 1)
Namchi Government College awarded Mélanie Vandenhelsken
CIRDIS is proud to announce that the Namchi Government College awarded Mélanie Vandenhelsken for her valuable contribution towards the Limbu community and society. The award was presented to her on the occasion of the 12th annual Limboo Literary Meet of the Limboo department, Namchi college.
14-05-2019: Lecture on the Lakhamandal village
Lecture: "As Many Pebbles, So Many Shivas: Encountes and Reflections at Lakhamandal" by Nachiket Chanchani (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA; Forum Transregionale Studien, Humboldt-Universität Berlin)
Tuesday 14 May 2019, 4:00pm c.t.; Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (seminar room 1)
29-03-2019: Lecture on Limbu Mundhum
Lecture: "Classification of Limbu Mundhum in Sikkim" by Buddhi L. Khamdhak (Namchi Govt. College, Sikkim, India)
Friday 29 March 2019, 3:00pm c.t.; Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (seminar room 1)
01/02-03-2019: Image Database Workshop in Kyoto, Japan
Deborah Klimburg-Salter, Jürgen Schörflinger and Verena Widorn participated at the International Workshop "Towards the Comprehensive Image Database on Bamiyan Buddhist Sites" organized by Minoru Inaba from the Institute for Research in Humanities (Zinbun), Kyoto University.
The workshop was part of a long lasting affiliation between members of CIRDIS (and its predecessors) and Kyoto University's Institute for Research in Humanities.
Besides the ongoing cooperations ("Kabul Museum Project", FWF-Project "Cultural Formation and Transformation: Shahi Buddhist Art and Architecture from Afghanistan to the West Tibetan Frontier at the Dawn of the Islamic Era" both by Deborah Klimburg-Salter) the possibilities for a future in-depth collaboration on a digital archiving initiative and image database dedicated to the extensive research documentation from Japanese missions to Afghanistan in the 1970s was in the focus of the workshop and the following meetings.
- Archaeological Missions of Kyoto University and Bamiyan (Minoru Inaba, Kyoto University)
- Discovering the Past and Documenting for the Future: The Story of an International Collaboration (Deborah Klimburg-Salter)
- Opportunities and Challenges on Economic Development through Mineral Extraction and Cultural Property Preservation in Mes Aynak, Afghanistan (Masanori Nagaoka, UNESCO)
- CIRDIS and the Himalayan Archives Vienna: A Brief Historical and Technical Overview with Insights into Ongoing Development (Verena Widorn and Jürgen Schörflinger)
04-02-2019: ECSAS2020 - Call for Panels
The submission for panel proposals for the 26th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS), coorganised by CIRDIS, the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (ISTB) and the Institute for Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences is now open. ECSAS2020 will taking place 29 July – 1 August 2020 at the University of Vienna Campus.
22-01-2019: Lecture on Shrines in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Lecture: "Shrines in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Reflections on Gonkar Gyatso's »Buddha's Picnic«" by Melissa Kerin (Washington and Lee University, Lexington, USA)
Tuesday 22 Januarry 2019, 6:30pm; Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (seminar room 1)
Happy Holidays and best wishes for a prosperous New Year 2019.
Martin Gaenszle and the CIRDIS Team
03-11-2018: ORF "Religionen der Welt" featuring Martin Gaenszle
The ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) documentation format "Religionen der Welt" was featuring Martin Gaenszle on the "gāi jātrā" festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The short clip was available in the "ORF TVthek" for seven days after the its airing.
24-10-2018: science.orf.at featuring an article about Robin Coningham's keynote
Aus Trümmern lernen
The ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) online section "science" is featuring an article about Robin Coningham's keynote lecture "Seismic safety" which was opening the symposium "After the Earthquake" organized by Nina Mirnig (IKGA), CIRDIS and the UNESCO.
10-10-2018: uni:view featuring an article about Mélanie Vandenhelsken's research at CIRDIS
Rituals for a reason
The University of Vienna's "uni:view" magazine is featuring an article about Mélanie Vandenhelsken's research project: "Trans-Border Religion: Re-composing Limbu rituals in the Nepal–Sikkim borderlands".
19-10-2018: Lecture on the Indo-Burma frontiers in WWII
Lecture: "Bodies, Bandits and Badmashes: reading recalcitrance, resistance and governance through allegories of violence in the WWII Indo-Burma frontiers" by Aditya Kiran Kakati (Junior Visiting Fellow, Institute of Human Sciences, Vienna)
Thursday 19 October 2018, 3pm c.t.; Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (seminar room 1)
Guest Researcher: Melissa Kerin
It is our pleasure to welcome Melissa Kerin as guest research at our center. She will stay with us until February 2019 and work on finishing a manuscript, Bodies of Offerings: The Materiality and Vitality of Tibetan Shrines, which received an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2014-15) and Howard Foundation Fellowship (2018-19).
Melissa Kerin is an associate professor of art history at the Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virgina (USA).
Her primary field of research is the art and material culture of South Asia from the medieval and modern periods. Along with a number of articles and chapters, Kerin has authored two books. Her third book project, under contract with Oxford University Press, is an edited volume analyzing the ethical treatment of cultural heritage in the U.S., South Asia, the Middle East. Since joining the faculty of Washington and Lee’s Art and Art History Department in 2011, Kerin has taught a range of courses related to the interconnections among art, religion, memory, and identity. Kerin holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School.
Guest Researcher: Buddhilal Subba
It is our pleasure to welcome Buddhilal Subba from Sikkim University as guest researcher at CIRDIS. He will be staying with us for the coming months and work in close cooperation with Mélanie Vandenhelsken. He will furthermore give an introductory course to the Limbu language at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies.
A short introduction has been kindly provided by Buddhilal Subba himselfe and is available >here<
20/21-09-2018: International symposium - Manuscript, print and publication cultures in South Asia
International Symposium: "Manuscript, print and publication cultures in South Asia: From the 19th century to the present"
Thursday-Friday, 20-21 September 2018; Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (ISTB) (SR 1); Spitalgasse 2, entrance 2.7, 1090 Vienna
Organisation: Johanna Buß (ISTB), Alaka Chudal (ISTB), Cristina Pecchia (IKGA)
In collaboration with:
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA)
University of Vienna, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (ISTB), and
Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies
Österreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft (ÖFG)
Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History (CIRDIS)
The De Nobili Research Library
22/23-10-2018: International symposium - After the earthquake
International Symposium: "After the earthquake: Research, protection and preservation of Nepal’s cultural heritage"
Monday-Tuesday, 22-23 October 2018, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (room 2.25)
Organisation: Nina Mirnig (IKGA)
In collaboration with:
Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA), Austrian Academy of Sciences
UNESCO Chair on Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, Department of Archaeology, Durham University, UK
Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History (CIRDIS)
03-05-2018: Lecture on the Sikkim Royal Archive by Alex McKay
Lecture: "The View from the Palace: The Sikkim Royal Archives by Alex McKay
Thursday 05 May 2018, 5pm; Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (seminar room 1)
24-04-2018: Kurier - Buddhas in Afghanistan
"Palmyra-Gespräche in Wien"
The Austrian newspaper "Kurier" featured a story entitled "Buddhas in Afghanistan: Aufbauen oder nicht?" in reference to the 6. ICOM Palmyra-Talks that took place on April 4th and that have been co-organized by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the "European Year of Cultural Heritage" and CIRDIS.
05-04-2018: Ö1 Kulturjournal - Palmyra-Gespräche in Wien
"Palmyra-Gespräche in Wien"
The "Ö1 Kulturjournal" featured a short report on the 6. ICOM Palmyra-Talks that took place on April 4th and that have been co-organized by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the "European Year of Cultural Heritage" and CIRDIS.
04-04-2018: 6. ICOM Palmyra Talks
Opening: "Introduction to the National Museum of Afghanistan Today" by Fahim Rahimi (Director of the National Museum of Afghanistan, Kabul)
Keynote: "Protection of the Cultural Landscapes at the Bamiyan World Heritage site in Afghanistan" by Dr. Masanori Nagaoka (Chief of Culture Unit, UNESCO Kabul Office):
The 6. ICOM Palmyra Talks ar co-organized by CIRDIS, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Kabul Museum Project
Wednesday 04 April 2018, 6pm; Austrian Academy of Sciences (historical festive hall)
New FWF-Project on Shahi Buddhist Art and Architecture
With great pleasure we can announce the successful application of Deborah Klimburg-Salter for an FWF standalone-project entitled "Cultural Formation and Transformation: Shahi Buddhist Art and Architecture from Afghanistan to the West Tibetan Frontier at the Dawn of the Islamic Era" (FWF P-31246) based here at our center and carried out in cooperation with Michael Alram (Coin Collection of the KHM, Vienna; Austrian Academy of Sciences). We would like to extending our congratulations and are much looking forward to the exciting addition to CIRDIS.
19-03-2018: Ö1 City Science Talk with M. Gaenszle, E. Mader and H. Monyer
"Rituale – Spielregeln des Lebens"
An "Ö1 City Science Talk im Ringturm" about the ritual of land diving (Gol) as performed on the Pentecost Island (part of the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu).
Discussion with CIRDIS' Martin Gaenszle, Elke Mader (KSA, University of Vienna) and Hannah Monyer (Medical Faculty and German Cancer Reserch Center Heidelberg).
Monday 19 March 2018, 6pm; Ringturm, Schottenring 30, 20th floor, 1010 Vienna
A summary of the discussion was aired on Ö1 at 9pm on Wednesday 4 April.
15-03-2018: Lecture on Researching Local History as an "Insider" by Rimi Tadu
Lecture: "An insider doing local history in Arunachal Pradesh. Dealing with ethics among the Apatani" (
Rimi Tadu, Fellow at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt)
Thursday 15 March 2018, 3pm; Department of South-Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies
10-11-2017: Lecture on Liberalisation and Transformation in Sikkim by Mona Chettri
Lecture: "The De-Facto Special Economic Zone in the Eastern Himalaya. Liberalisation and Transformation in Sikkim" (
Mona Chettri, Aarhus University, Denmark)
Friday 10 November 2017, 3pm; Department of South-Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (Seminar room 1)
(07-09)-07-2017: CIRDIS at the International Symposium on Himalayan Studies
The Himalaya Multimedia Database Project (directed by Prof. XU Jun) at the Sichuan University in Chengdu, invited CIRDIS to participate in the “International Symposium on Himalayan Studies” and to present and discuss recent research, archiving and teaching activities of Chinese, European and American scholars in the respective field. The symposium dealt with important issues such as joint publications, scholarly exchange, aligned programs of collaborative research and the establishment of connected digital multimedia archives. CIRDIS, represented by Verena Widorn at the conference, is confident to contribute especially to the latter concern with its expertise. After the official symposium, two intense working sessions were held with the young and committed team of the Himalaya Mutlimedia Database Project. CIRDIS hopes to continue this fruitful discussion and establish a longer-ranged collaboration.
Online Exhibition - Discovering the Western Himalayas
The exhibition "Discovering the Western Himalayas", organized by CIRDIS and opened in the course of our very successful event 'Discovering Tibet', has meanwhile been transformed into an online exhibition and is >available here< from now on.
12-05-2017: Workshop "Kiranti – Language and Culture in Comparative Perspective"
With an introduction by Martin Gaenszle and contributions by Joanna Bialek, Linda Gustavsson, Grégoire Schlemmer, Alban von Stockhausen, Mélanie Vandenhelsken and Marion Wettstein.
Friday 12 May 2017 at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (SR 1, Dept. of Tibetan Studies)
28-04-2017: Lecture on Locality and Community by Martin Saxer
Friday 28 April 2017, Department of History of Art (Seminar room 1)
Impressions from the Lectures, Book Presentation and Exhibition 'Discovering Tibet'
Some impressions from our very successful event 'Discovering Tibet'. The Book Presentation (Deborah Klimburg-Salter (ed), Discovering Tibet: The Tucci Expeditions and Tibetan Paintings) was accompanied by an opening address by Martin Gaenszle and lectures from John Clark (Victoria & Albert Museum) and Hildegard Diemberger (University of Cambridge). It also marked the opening of the three week long exhibition "Discovering the Western Himalayas" organised by CIRDIS.
We are currently preparing an online version of the exhibition. It is to be found on our website shortly.
Radio Interview with Ben Hillman (Ö1)
Ben Hillman has been interviewed by Kerstin Tretina for the Austrian radio station Ö1's program "Praxis". The interview (in German) entitled "Dalai Lama und danach? - Tibets ungewisse Zukunft" aired on February 8 2017 and has been made available online on the website of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation: http://religion.orf.at/radio/stories/2824575/ (minutes 26:02 to 34:06).
16-03-2017: 'Discovering Tibet' - Lectures, Book Presentation and Exhibition
Book Presentation "Discovering Tibet" (Deborah Klimburg-Salter (ed), Discovering Tibet: The Tucci Expeditions and Tibetan Paintings) and Exhibition Opening "Discovering the Western Himalayas"
Opening by Martin Gaenszle and lectures by John Clark (Victoria & Albert Museum) and Hildegard Diemberger (University of Cambridge)
Thursday 16 March 2017, Department of History of Art (Seminar room 1)
Exhibition: 16 March – 7 April
16&18-01-2017: Lecture by Ben Hillman & Himalayan Borderlands Workshop
Lecture: "China's Ethnic Policies and Ethnic Security in Tibet" (Ben Hillman, Crawford School / Australian National University)
Monday 16 January 2017, ISTB (South Asian Studies: Seminar Room 3)
Workshop: "Himalayan Boderlands in Transition"
Wednesday 18 January 2017, ISTB (Tibetan and Buddhist Studies: Seminar Room 1)
Guest Researcher: Prof. Vishnu S. Rai
It is our pleasure to welcome Prof. Rai as guest research at our center, where he will pursue his work on a study of Chamling mundhum rituals and ritual language.
Vishnu S. Rai, Ph.D. (University of Bern), is professor at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu (Nepal), where he has taught English Language Teaching (ELT) and linguistics. In ELT his expertise lies in language-literature interfaces and in linguistics his interests are in sociolinguistics, ethnolinguistics, semantics and morphology. He has carried out field research on various endangered languages of Nepal, such as Puma, Chamling and Tilung.
From 2004-2008 he was a member of the “Chintang and the Puma Documentation Project” (CPDP), jointly run by Leipzig University, and Tribhuvan University and funded by the Volkswagenstiftung as part of the DOBES (“Dokumentation bedrohter Sprachen”) programme. He has published many articles and books on language revitalization, Kiranti language and culture, as well as multilingual education. Dr. Rai is also a creative writer who writes both in Nepali and English.
New FWF-Project on Trans-Border Religion
With great pleasure we can announce the successful application of Mélanie Vandenhelsken for an FWF standalone-project entitled "Trans-border Religion: Limbu Rituals in Nepal and Sikkim" (FWF P-29805) based here at our center. We would like to extending our congratulations and are much looking forward to welcoming her and to a fruitful cooperation.
We will provide you with more information in the upcoming weeks once Vandenhelsken has started her work here with us.
18-30 July 2016: Nepali Summer School
Date & Location: 18.7.-30.7.2016 at the ISTB, University of Vienna
Teacher: Laxmi Nath Shrestha
Application Deadline: 30.06.2016
21 July 2016: CIRDIS@Kinderuni
Members of CIRDIS will take part at this year's Kinderuni (University for Kids), a summer program of the Vienna University. We have prepared a hands-on workshop entitled "Wie entsteht ein tibetischer Altar? Wir basteln Tormas mit verschiedenen Materialien". For detailed information please follow >this link< to the Kinderuni-Website.
06&07-05-2016: Nepal-Workshop "Aktuelle kulturwissenschaftliche Projekte und Positionen"
6.5.-7.5.2016 at the ISTB (SR 1, Dept. of Tibetan Studies)
Key Note Lecture: 6.5.2016, 9:00 - 10:00
Prof.Dr. Axel Michaels (Sout Asia Institute, Heidelberg University): Nepalesische Dokumente und Archiv-Forschung in Nepal
22-03-2016: Exploring the Ontology of Himalayan Shrines [Workshop]
We would like to invite you to a small workshop entitled "Exploring the Ontology of Himalayan Shrines" with talks given by Verena Widorn, Melissa Kerin, Gerald Kozicz and Uwe Niebuhr. The workshop will take place on Tuesday the 22nd of March 2016 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the seminar room 2 of the Department of Art History at the University of Vienna.
The WHAV is back online
The software-stack of the WHAV's online image archive is currently undergoing a major update. Please excuse the occasional inconvenience you will be experiencing until we have finished restoring all of the previous functionality.
Michael Alram voted to receive this year's Huntington Award
Michael Alram will receive the distinguished Huntington Award in recognition of his outstanding career and contributions in field of numismatic research. The award ceremony will take place Tuesday the 7th of June at the American Numismatic Society in New York.
Lecture and tech-demo presented at the conference "Digitale Bibliothek 2016"
Verena Widorn together with Sean Mc Allister, Jürgen Schörlfinger and Jan Seifert participated at the 6th annual "Digitale Bibliothek"-conference entitled "Vernetzte Welten". A summary of their presentation "Himalaya Archive of Vienna (HAV) – Strategien und Probleme eines Universitätsarchivs" as well as the presented tech-demo are available online.
Collections of the University of Vienna: Object of the Month February 2016
An excerpt of the audio recordings and images documenting the Dasain-festival in Tamku, Eastern Nepal (recorded 1984 by Martin Gaenszle) has been selected as the Collections of the University of Vienna's object of the month February 2016.
25/26-01-2016: Afghanistan Workshop with keynotes by Frantz Grenet
CIRDIS in co-operation with the AAS (Austrian Academy of Sciences) is organizing the workshop:
MOVING BORDERS: Current Research on Afghanistan between Inner and South Asia
25th and 26th of Jannuary 2016, Theatersaal of the AAS
Our New Website is Online!
It is our pleasure to be welcoming you to CIRDIS' all new online presence!
In case you are searching for specific content from our previous website, it will remain available under http://www.univie.ac.at/cirdis/2006-2015.
Rituals with Political Relevance
The University of Vienna's Online magazine uni:view in conversation with Prof. Martin Gaenszle.