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Short bio

Guntram Hazod is an anthropologist focusing on the early history of Tibet. His methodological approach combines text and historical ethnography. He has been the co-author of several major monographs on Central Tibet’s medieval political and religious history, as well as author of numerous contributions that deal with identifying historical Tibetan toponyms, especially related to the period of the Tibetan empire. Linked to this is his interest in archaeology and landscape archaeology, with particular focus on early Tibetan burial practices, including the Tibetan tumulus tradition (4th–10th cent. CE).

Hazod received his PhD and habilitation at the University of Vienna. He has been working at the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 1992, from 2006 as a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA), and from July 2016 as a co-funded researcher at both the ISA and IKGA. Since January 2019 he has been working as a Senior Researcher exclusively at the IKGA.


The Burial Mounds of Central Tibet (FWF-funded interdisciplinary project)

Selected publications

  • (2015, co-edited with Olaf Czaja) The Illuminating Mirror: Festschrift for Per K. Sørensen on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday. Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag.
  • (forthcoming, co-edited with Shen Weirong) Tibetan Genealogies. Papers in Memory of Tsering Gyalpo. (Planned to be published as special issue of the Journal Historical and Philological Studies of China’s Western Regions, Beijing, Renmin University, 2016.)
  • (forthcoming) “Territory, Kinship and the Grave: On the Identification of the Elite Tombs in the Burial-Mound Landscape of Imperial Central Tibet,” in: Hazod and Shen (forthcoming).