Yannick Laurent

Yannick Laurent

DPhil Student

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My research interests lie in the cultural development of early Tibetan society, the later diffusion of Buddhism, and the study of West Tibet. Former studies in Classics and concurrent training in Archaeology (MA) have instilled in me the need for an extensive collaboration between text-based information and material evidence. After several years spent with Tibetans in India, Nepal, and Tibet, I decided to continue the study of their rich and vibrant culture at an academic level (MSt).

My current doctoral research focuses on the history of Dangkhar, the ancient capital of the Spiti Valley, in the Western Himalayas. As a buffer zone between areas of diverse cultural significance and historical developments, the Spiti Valley has not yet found its legitimate place within the greater picture of Buddhist dissemination in Central and High Asia. This research receives support from a grant awarded to Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford by the Tise Foundation.