THSC Upcoming Events

The lama produced the first extant map made by an indigenous map-maker that shows the whole panorama of Tibet, accompanied by numerous drawings of places, buildings, and local customs. As a product of a collaborative project between two players of different cultural backgrounds, the maps and drawings reveal the lama’s complex and in-depth knowledge of Tibet, while at the same time providing a nuanced interpretation of Tibet by an "insider" for an "outsider". When Diana Lange started her research on the Wise Collection in 2009 she followed in giant footsteps—those of Michael Aris, who worked on the collection before his death in 1999. This lecture presents the results of “reading” and analysing the illustrated maps over a period of ten years and introduces some aspects of Diana Lange’s forthcoming book An Atlas of the Himalayas by a 19th Century Tibetan Lama. A Journey of Discovery.

About the speaker:

Diana Lange, Ph.D. (2008), is a Research Associate at the Humboldt University Berlin. She works in Area Studies with a focus on Tibet and the Himalayas and specialises in the history of knowledge and exploration, material and visual cultures, and cultural interactions.

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Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
19 - 19
Dec Dec
Accessing and Analysing Culturally Sensitive Content: Data Capsules, Extracted F...
Thursday 19 December - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

The long-term goal of the Ātea Project — which is part of New Zealand’s National Science Challenges — is to help build prosperous, culturally thriving and technology-driven Māori economies for future generations.

Art Exhibition
07 - 25
Jan Mar
Haiku poetry composed by the President, with illustrations
Tuesday 7 January - 9:00am to Wednesday 25 March - 4:00pm

This exhibition is located in the corridor between the Buttery and the Cafe. 

16 - 18
Jan Jan
From Concept to Monument: Time and Cost of Construction in the Ancient World
Thursday 16 January - 1:00pm to Saturday 18 January - 6:30pm

The conference sets an exclusive focus on modelling the costs of construction over the course of 1,500 years, from Archaic Greece to the early middle ages. Over the last decade, the general interest in building costs and organisational aspects of historical construction has seen a rise in popularity amongst scholars working on pre-modern architecture.