Examine Tibetan and Himalayan politics and religion and the contemporary issues faced by communities in exile, particularly in the case of Tibet.
Through the thematic lectures and fieldwork of this program, students explore issues of cultural change and preservation, religious revival, and [sub-]regional geopolitics. Students are challenged to consider the contemporary and historic connections between diverse Himalayan “landlinked” communities. Questions of self-identification and recognition, as well as of diaspora, exile, and migration, are important topics for analysis in this program.
Major topics of study include:
Varieties of beliefs and practices amongst different groups of Himalayan people
The politics inherent in processes of everyday life in an exile community