LWA
Aris Lecture 2017

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Monday 6 November

Teach me how to be Gesar's Daughter – Voices of young Tibetan intellectuals in the diaspora.

The third Aris Lecture takes place on 16 November 2017 at 18:00 in the Leonard Wolfson Auditorium.

This year's lecture will be delivered by Emeritus Professor, University of Oslo, Per Kvaerne and Tenzin Kesang of Dharamsala, on the subject of voices of young Tibetan intellectuals in the diaspora.

The young generation of the Tibetan diaspora in India has a high level of education, with many attending universities or colleges. At the same time, well-educated young Tibetans face a number of existential as well as practical difficulties linked to their life as stateless refugees. While monastic communities in exile have received considerable attention from scholars, little focus has been placed on young lay Tibetans in recent years, in spite of a situation of rapid social change and mounting expectations – as well as frustrations – in this section of the Tibetan diaspora community in India. This year’s Aris Lecture will explore some of these issues as expressed by a young Tibetan poet, Tenzin Kesang, through a selection of her recent poems.

The Annual Aris Lectures were created in 2015 to celebrate Michael and Anthony Aris and their contributions to Tibetan and Himalayan Studies.