Short bio

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.



Forthcoming. “Buried Bones and Buddhas Beyond: Ancestor Cults, Buddhism and the Transcendentalization of 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.

Forthcoming. “The “Clan Castles” of Khams: Critical Edition and Study of an Annotated Funerary Ritual Manual from 17th c. Nang chen and sDe dge.”

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 Jarmila Ptáčková and Adrian Zenz. Prague: Oriental Institute: 155-83. 

Langelaar, R.J., accepted for publication. "The Singular Volume of the Rlangs (Rlangs-kyi-po-ti-bse-ru). The Ancestral Records of a Central Tibetan Ruling House (c. 1400)." In: Medieval Worlds, ed. by Daniel Mahoney, Diarmuid Ó Riain, & Giorgia Vocino.

Langelaar, R.J., Vocino, G., & Wieser, V., accepted for publication. "Writing Strategies." In: Medieval Worlds, ed. by Daniel Mahoney, Diarmuid Ó Riain, & Giorgia Vocino.