Reinier Langelaar joined the Institute in 2015. He studied Religious Studies at the University of Leiden and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the Humboldt University in Berlin. Langelaar's dissertation focused on late medieval “clan genealogies” (gdung-rabs) and was written within the framework of the interdisciplinary comparative project “Visions of Community” (VISCOM). At present, he is the main researcher in the FWF project “Buddhist Narratives and ‘Tibetan’ Ethnogenesis,” which focuses on the textual and social history of a widespread origin narrative of the ‘Tibetans’ (Tib. bod-mi), and its implications for the historical study of ethnicity and nationalism. His research interests include Tibetan kinship, social history, ethnography and philology.
Langelaar, R.J., forthcoming. "Replacing a Pillar of Tibetan Historiography: On the Redactions of the So-called Pillar Testament (bKa'-chems-ka-khol-ma)."
Langelaar, R.J., 2022. “Buried Bones and Buddhas Beyond: Ancestor Cults, Buddhism and the Transcendentalisation of Tibetan Religion.” In: G. Hazod, M. Fermer & C. Jahoda, eds. The Social and the Religious in the Making of Tibetan Societies. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, pp. 283-308.
Langelaar, R.J., 2022. "Biography and Hierarchy: The Tibetan Ruling House of Phag-mo-gru and the Singular Volume of the Rlangs (Rlangs-kyi-po-ti-bse-ru)." In: Medieval Biographical Collections: Perspectives from Buddhist, Christian and Islamic Worlds. Special issue of Medieval Worlds. Comparative & Interdisciplinary Studies 15: 75–94.
Langelaar, R.J., et al., 2022. "Writing Strategies." In: Medieval Biographical Collections: Perspectives from Buddhist, Christian and Islamic Worlds. Special issue of Medieval Worlds. Comparative & Interdisciplinary Studies 15: 23–35.
Langelaar, R.J., 2021. “The “Clan Castles” of Khams: Critical Editions and Provenance of Two 17th-c. Funerary Manuals.” In: D. Lange, J. Ptáčková, M. Wettstein & M. Wulff, eds. Crossing Boundaries: Tibetan Studies Unlimited. Prague: Academia, pp. 78-96.
Langelaar, R.J., 2019. "Historical Social Organisation on the Eastern Tibetan Plateau: The Territorial Origins and Etymology of tsho-ba." In: Inner Asia, vol. 21(1): 7-37.
Langelaar, R.J., 2018. "Chasing the Colours of the Rainbow: Tibetan Ethnogenealogies in Flux." In: The Medieval History Journal, vol 21(2): 328-64.
Langelaar, R.J., 2017. "Descent and Houses in Reb gong (Reb-gong): Group Formation and Rules of Recruitment Among Eastern Tibetan tsho ba." In: Archiv Orientální, supplementa x. Mapping Amdo: Dynamics of Change, ed. by J. Ptáčková and A. Zenz. Prague: Oriental Institute: 155-83.