UVA Tibet Events Archive

UVa Tibet Day

Posted on February 2nd, 2009 | Posted in Events | No Comments »
UVa Tibet Day

This event is open to anyone who is interested in learning about opportunities to engage UVa’s Tibetan Studies program, including Tibetan Language, Tibetan Religion, Modern Tibetan Studies, Travel Abroad opportunities, Tibetan Anthropology, and the many resources dr04_2960available at UVa. The first half will be an informational section with representatives from Tibetan Language, the Modern Tibetan Studies Program, the Religious Studies Department, Anthropology, The Tibetan and Himalayan Library, Machik, and the UVa Tibet Center. The program will include refreshments, Tibetan Calligraphy, and song and dance performances.

Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures with support from the UVa Tibet Center

Lecture by Dr. Geoff Childs, Development Approach in Rural Tibet

Posted on February 1st, 2009 | Posted in Events, Lectures, TSGP Events | No Comments »
Development Approach in Rural Tibet

By Dr. Geoff Childs, Associate Professor, Sociocultural Ph.D., Indiana University

The Tibet Center presents: Rural Tibet is in the throes of major changes. Recent research has revealed that a number of intersecting factors have prompted most farming households to employ a new economic paradigm—“going for income,” i.e., seeking non-farm income outside of the village. As a result, over the past decade the rural economy has been transformed from one heavily reliant on subsistence farming to one where 75 percent of the average a2692household’s income derives from off-farm activities. Consequently, a new rural Tibet is emerging wherein farming households are making complex cost-benefit decisions about how to employ their human and non-human resources to participate in China’s new market economy. Along with this paradigm shift, the recent reorientation of the state’s development priorities in China’s Eleventh Five-Year Plan (2006-10) is also beginning to impact rural Tibet in ways that previous five-year plans have not. The current plan calls for a new “people-first” (ch. yiren weiben) approach to development in which the state commits large sums of money not only for large infra-structure programs, as in the past, but also for programs that reach directly to village households. The purposes of this paper are to analyze how the policy shift is being operationalized, and how it is impacting the lives of rural Tibetans.

Sponsored by the East Asia Center, Religious Studies, and the Department of Anthropology

Tibetan Geotourism Workshop

Posted on January 29th, 2009 | Posted in Events, News, Workshops | Comments Off on Tibetan Geotourism Workshop

litang_nomad3The University of Virginia and Machik are co-organizing a two week workshop on Geotourism in Tibet for a visiting delegation of Tibetan and Chinese tourism officials and educators. This is part of their long term initiative for promoting alternative forms of tourism centered first and foremost on local communities on the Tibetan plateau, and how to facility their involvement and benefit. The deputy director of the Tibet Autonomous Region Tourism Administration, directors of Chamdo and Kongpo prefectural Tourism Administrations, and the Dean of the Tibet University tourism school will be participating. The workshop will include stops in New York, Washington DC, Arizona, and San Francisco, while the main discussions will be held at UVa. The workshop is led by UVa faculty Tashi Rabgey and David Germano, along with Machik Executive Director Losang Rabgey, with management by Machik’s Brad Aaron.

Lecture by Manla Kyi, Language and Education Policy in Tibet

Posted on December 24th, 2008 | Posted in Events, Lectures, TSGP Events | No Comments »
The Development of Language and Education Policy in Tibet

By Manla Kyi (Manlaji), PhD Candiate, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong

Manla Kyi at the 2009 Education Symposium

Manla Kyi at the 2009 Education Symposium

Manla Kyi has extensive experience in teaching, research, and development work in Tibetan areas. Her research interests include language policy, language and minority rights, and multiculturalism in education. In the 1990s, she served as an English teacher and administrator at Qinghai Nationalities University in Xining, Qinghai Province, P.R.China. She has also worked as a program officer in education projects for a non-government organization in Tibetan areas of China. She holds a Master of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is currently completing a doctorate at the University of Hong Kong.

Lecture by Janet Gyatso, Intellectual History of Tibetan Medicine

Posted on December 24th, 2008 | Posted in Events, Lectures | No Comments »
The Way of Humans in a Buddhist World:
Towards an Intellectual History of Tibetan Medicine

By Janet Gyatso, Harvard Divinity School’s Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies

Professor Janet Gyatso of Harvard University is one of the most important figures in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, and is well known for her brilliant lectures in terms of content and style.

Janet Gyatso is a specialist in Buddhist studies with concentration on Tibetan and South Asian religious culture. Her books include Apparitions of the Self: The Secret Autobiographies of a Tibetan Visionary; In the Mirror of Memory: Reflections on Mindfulness and Remembrance in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism; and Women of Tibet. Her current book project is on traditional medical science in Tibet, its relation to modernity, and its relation to Buddhism. She has also been writing on conceptions of sex and gender in Buddhist monasticism, and on the current female ordination movement in Buddhism. Previous topics of her scholarship have included visionary revelation in Buddhism; issues concerning lineage, memory, and authorship; philosophical questions on the status of experience; and autobiographical writing in Tibet. Professor Gyatso was president of the International Association of Tibetan Studies from 2000 to 2006, and is now co-chair of the Buddhism Section of the American Academy of Religion. She teaches lecture courses and advanced seminars on Buddhist history, ritual, and ideas, and on Tibetan literary practices and religious history. In both teaching and writing she draws on cultural and literary theory, and is concerned to widen the spectrum of intellectual resource for the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist history. She leads an ongoing reading group for graduate students in Buddhist studies, and is the faculty director of the Buddhist Studies Forum. She is currently the director of Graduate Studies in the Committee on the Study of Religion, and is also a member of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations as well as the Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies. She has chaired the Committee for the Study of Women and Gender, and is leading the development of a new track for the training of Buddhist lay ministers and leaders in the master of divinity program at the Divinity School. Professor Gyatso taught at Amherst College before coming to Harvard as the Divinity School’s first Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies.

Co-sponsored by the Tibet Center, Center for South Asian Studies, Religious Studies Department, and the A&S Special Lectures.

Tibetan Visitors on Internet Cultural Preservation Tour

Posted on December 23rd, 2008 | Posted in News, Visitors | Comments Off on Tibetan Visitors on Internet Cultural Preservation Tour

Tsewang Norbu (Co-Director, Tibetan Culture Promotion Association) and Sonam Dondrup (Field Director, Machik) will be visiting UVa as part of their tour of the US to learn about strategies for using the Internet as a tool for cultural preservation and grassroots organizing. UVa faculty and staff will be showing them work in this area done by UVa and its partners, and in the evening they will be meeting with local Tibetan residents.

Lecture by Mark Turin, Linguistic Survey of Sikkim

Posted on November 5th, 2008 | Posted in Events | No Comments »
Linguistic Survey of Sikkim: Preliminary Results, Methodological Challenges and Social Context

By Dr. Mark Turin, Cornell University & University of Cambridge

From September 2005 to November 2006, under the auspices of the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and in close partnership with the Government of Sikkim, India, Dr. Turin directed the first phase of a modern linguistic survey of
Sikkim. During the survey process, the research team visited 105 government and private secondary schools across Sikkim to administer an extensive questionnaire on language use to students in classes 8-12. The preliminary results of these 17,000 completed survey forms offer insights into the process of language shift from indigenous mother tongues to regional vernaculars, the growing importance of linguistic heritage and feelings of group belonging over actual competence in specific languages, and the symbolic and practical steps taken by the state government to support linguistic diversity in Sikkim.

Sponsored by the Linguistics Program and the Center for South Asian Studies

Lecture by Andrew Quintman, Writing as Technology of Enchantment

Posted on November 4th, 2008 | Posted in Events, Lectures | No Comments »
Tibetan Life: Writing as Technology of Enchantment

Lecture by Andrew Quintman

Andrew Quintman is a visiting professor at Princeton University.

Lecture by Yue Gang, Tibet After the Olympics

Posted on September 5th, 2008 | Posted in Events, TSGP Events | Comments Off on Lecture by Yue Gang, Tibet After the Olympics
Tibet After the Olympics: A View from the Edge

By Yue Gang, Chair of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Yue Gang is the Chair of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He is a prominent Sinologist with a strong interest in Tibet, and has published on Tibetan writers writing in Chinese. His research is concerned with Chinese cultural production of Tibetan themes, the development of the “Shangri-La” eco-tourism zone in Eastern Tibet, and recent social changes in the multi-ethnic regions of Western China.

Tashi Rabgey Joins University of Virginia

Posted on September 1st, 2008 | Posted in New People, News, People | No Comments »


Tashi Rabgey joins the University of Virginia as faculty full-time as of August 2008 to co-direct the Tibet Center and direct the Tibet Sustainable Communities Initiative. A former Rhodes scholar, Rabgey holds graduate degrees in law from Oxford and Cambridge. Her doctoral research focuses on Chinese constitutionalism and the politics of sovereignty and Tibetan nationality in the Republic of China on Taiwan. Rabgey is also the co-founder of Machik, a nonprofit organization that works to develop new opportunities for education and capacity building for communities on the Tibetan plateau.