Annual Lecture
05 - 05
Dec Dec
Fifth Annual Aris Lecture on Tibet: A Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Tibetan World: Reading Illustrated Mid-19th Century Maps of Tibet

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Thursday 5 December 2019
Add to Calendar 12/05/2019 18:00 Fifth Annual Aris Lecture on Tibet: A Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Tibetan World: Reading Illustrated Mid-19th Century Maps of TibetThe Leonard Wolfson Auditorium

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18:00 to 19:00

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Speaker(s):

Dr Diana Lange, Humboldt University, Berlin

Tickets:

Free

Accessibility:

There is provision for wheelchair users.

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In 1857 a Tibetan lama was engaged by William Edmund Hay, Assistant Commissioner in the Western Himalayas, to create what later became known as the “Wise Collection” in the British Library. 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". This lecture presents the results of researching these 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.