THSC Upcoming Events

Hilary Term 2017

Friday 3 March 2017, Wolfson, Haldane Room: Tibetan Losar (New Year) Party. All are welcome!

Thursday 2 March 2017, Wolfson, Florey Room, 5:00pm: Prof. Carmen Meinert (Bochum, Germany) will give a lecture on Transcendence of the Senses? Examples from Tantric Ritual Manuals in the Chinese Kharakhoto Manuscripts Collection

By means of a strong patronage system the Tangut court in Eastern Central Asia enabled in the twelfth century the very first transmission of Tibetan Tantric materials into Chinese, nowadays still visible in the Kharakhoto manuscript collection. It comprises a large number of ritual manuals which show how Tantric Buddhist rituals fully engage the senses on the path to awakening. In this talk I aim to explore how in a prescribed ritual process the senses are used to induce a religious experience and how thereby the oscillation between an immanent and a transcendent sphere is mediated.

Friday 10 February, Wolfson, Buttery, 5:30pm: Prof.Yudru Tsomo (Sichuan University) will give a talk on Guoshang Trading Houses and Tibetan Middlemen in Dartsedo, the "Shanghai of Tibet".

Within the field of Sino-Tibetan frontier studies, there is very little in-depth scholarly discussion about commerce, trade, and the people who facilitated these activities across the Sino-Tibetan border; studies in English are particularly sparse. This lecture aims to contribute to a wider and deeper understanding of the nature of trade on the Sino-Tibetan frontier and the role of women as facilitators by looking at some of the actual “dealmakers.” In the border town of Dartsedo—the “Shanghai of Tibet”—guozhuang (trading houses, Tib. achak khapa) not only evolved into convenient spaces for travelers to come to rest, but also were spaces of flux. It was in these trading houses that traditional notions of gender, class, and hierarchy were called into question and played out in unexpected ways.

20-21 January 2017, Wolfson College, Haldane Room: Workshop on Tibetan Law. Conveners: Fernanda Pirie and Berthe Jansen

​This workshop brings together scholars working on different aspects of law in traditional Tibetan societies. They will consider a range of examples, including material from the early empire; historical accounts and legalistic documents from the medieval period; the zhal lce and administrative documents of the Ganden Phodrang era; legal documents of the Oirat Mongols; and regional and local legalism.

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Monday 16 January 2017, Wolfson, Auditorium, 5pm: Screening of A Gesar Bard's Tale. Director Donagh Coleman will be present. For further information see 

Trinity Term 2017

12-13 May, Wolfson College: Workshop on Tibetan Life-Writing. Conveners: Lucia Galli, Franz-Xaver Erhard

Michaelmas Term 2017

16 November, LWA: Aris Lecture in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, delivered by Prof. Per Kvaerne

9 March 2017

Rosalind Rickaby, Professor of Biogeochemistry, is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Lyell Medal, given by the Geological Society of London....

8 March 2017

Professor Dame Hermione Lee joins a team of leading female academics and the Oxford Belles in delivering some fun(damental) advice for women...

13 February 2017

The College was deeply saddened to hear of the death of our Emeritus Fellow Professor Glen Dudbridge.