THSC Upcoming Events

Trinity Term 2017

Monday 8 May, 3:30-4:30pm, Weston Library Lecture Theatre: Research Uncovered - a Linked Open Data Buddhist Text Archive, with Jeff Wallman (TBRC). For further information see

Thursday 11 May, 5-6pm, Oriental Institute (Pusey Lane): Prof. em. Per Kvaerne (University of Oslo), title tba.

12-13 May, Wolfson College, LWA: Conference on "Global Lives and Local Perspectives: New Approaches to Tibetan Life Writing". Conveners: Lucia Galli, Franz-Xaver Erhard. The event is free of charge and lunch will be provided, but registration is essential. For further information and updates see

Thursday 25 May, 5-6pm, Oriental Institute (Pusey Lane): Dr Albion Butters (University of Turku, Finnland), The Tantric Superhero: A History of Vajrayana Buddhism in Comics.

Over the past eighty years, elements of Vajrayana Buddhism have appeared in a number of popular Western superhero comics, from Green Lama to Strange Tales to The Invisibles. Tantra has been practiced as a spiritual path by mainstream heroes like Batman and alternative ones like King Mob and Promethea, challenging traditional notions of the superhero. This presentation draws on specific case studies to provide a diachronic overview of how tantra has been presented in comics and graphic novels, changing attitudes towards authenticity versus cultural appropriation, the evolution of the spiritual superhero, and the use of literary devices to make tantra-related content more accessible to a Western audience.

Wednesday 7 June, 5-6pm, Oriental Institute (Pusey Lane): Dr Olivier Chiron (Bordeaux): The Organisation of the Sacred Landscape of Sikkim: Between Tradition and Modernity.

This talk will explore the formation and origin of the sacred landscape of Sikkim (Sbas Yul 'Bras mo ljongs, "the Hidden Valley of Rice”), Tibetan notions of hidden lands (sbas yul), as well as that of a pure geographical landscape according to sacred texts and guide books. Particular attention will be paid to the 'Bras mo ijongs gnas yig, a religious guide bookthat organises the landscape in the circular model of a mandala.

Michaelmas Term 2017

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

OCLW Awards Announcements Summer 2017
11 August 2017

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the OCLW/ODNB research bursaries and Tony Gray Visiting Scholarship for 2017/2018.

Dancing Lives News Image
27 July 2017

The conference brought together scholars, curators, biographers, and dance practitioners to explore how people write about the lives of dancers...

28 June 2017

Dr Kate Kennedy of Wolfson College has won an Early Career Researcher award...