Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Centre

A forum for those engaging with the Tibetan speaking world.

"Tibetan and Himalayan Studies" engages with the Tibetan speaking areas of Asia, spanning more than 2500km from west to east, and nowadays comprising areas in five countries (Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, and China). These areas are united by shared cultural features, religious customs and beliefs, and the use of Tibetan as the language of literature and religion.

Within the UK, Wolfson College is unique in hosting a Lecturership dedicated to Tibetan and Himalayan Studies. Created in 2000 in memory of the late Michael Aris through the generous support of the Rausing family, it sets Oxford apart as a leading research base for the study of Tibetan and Himalayan culture.

Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at Wolfson

The Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Centre (THSC) benefits greatly from the unique academic synergies at Wolfson College, collaborating with the South Asia Research Cluster, the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, and - through its research on Tibetan biographies - with the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing. Its members engage in the preservation of endangered cultural heritage through research on traditional forms of literature (oral and written) and traditional Tibetan medicine.

A recent fundraising campaign as secured funding for a Junior Research Fellowship in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies. We are currently working to create scholarships to support students in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies.

Information on the MSt, the MPhil, and the DPhil in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies/Oriental Studies can be found on the website of the Oriental Faculty. Learn more. 

Annual Aris Lecture

In 2015 the first annual Aris Lecture was held, part of a series created to celebrate Michael and Anthony Aris and their contributions to Tibetan and Himalayan Studies. The lectures take place in Michaelmas Term. We are tremendously grateful to all those who have helped to make these lectures possible. Learn more. 

Grants and scholarships in Tibetan & Himalayan Studies

A list of potential sources of funding for students can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

THSC has a limited amount of funding for events. Members of the Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Centre and/or Wolfson College can apply for grants of up to £500 towards the costs of conferences, workshops and cultural events related to Tibet and the Himalayas held at Wolfson College. Applications can be submitted by email to thsc@wolfson.ox.ac.uk. The application deadline is 30 SEPTEMBER of each year. The committee will notify applicants of the outcome by the end of October.

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Our upcoming events

Art exhibition
19 - 09
Feb Mar
Bury Knowle Art Group - Reflections
Monday 19 February - 10:00am to Friday 9 March - 7:00pm

Oxford Bury Knowle Art Group Winter Exhibition

A group of artists living in Headington came together to stage an exhibition in 1948 in Headington Library in Bury Knowle Park. It was a great success and a formal art group came into being adopting its present name. At present the Group has around 50 members and as well as exhibitions arranges monthly talks and demonstrations through the winter months which are open to everyone.  

Lectures and Seminars
19 - 19
Feb Feb
Unionisation in South India : the Independence decades
Monday 19 February -
5:00pm to 6:30pm

We will meet to learn about and discuss the organisation of labour in South India (the Madras Presidency) during the decades surrounding Independence. Dr Karuna is expert on the formation of India's enormous informal economy and her talk will focus on the problems of, and opposition to, the unionisation of workers in the 'non-factory' economy i.e. in workshops, homes, bazaars etc.which still constitute most of India's 'firms'. All welcome.

Courses and Workshops
19 - 19
Feb Feb
Meditation
Monday 19 February -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Traditional Buddhist meditation. Practise regularly to change the quality of your life. Please notify Clive each week if planning to attend. To be continued next term.