Tibetan biographical writings

  • Time: Thursday, 22 June 2017
  • Venue: Institut für Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens
  • Organisation: Pascale Hugon

The workshop is open to the public. For organizational purposes, you are kindly invited to announce your participation with an email to pascale.hugon(at)oeaw.ac.at.


09:30 – 10:15
Reinier Langelaar (Austrian Academy of Sciences): The Apical Ancestor: 14th-15th ct. Biography in the Service of the Phag-mo-gru Ruling House

10:15 – 11:00
Suzanne Bessenger (Randolph College): Independent Dakini or Yab Yum Duo? Sonam Peldren, Rinchen Pel, and the Role of Life Writing in Tibetan Sainthood

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:00
Samuel Thévoz (The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies): Adrup Gönbo’s Nga rang gi skyid sdug gi rnam thar: Modernity and Subjectivity in a Concise Guidebook to the Hidden-Land of France

See also: Abstracts (PDF)


Reinier Langelaar studied Religious Studies at the University of Leiden and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the Humboldt University in Berlin. His research interests include matters of Tibetan relatedness (kinship), social organization, and origin narratives. Langelaar's dissertation project focuses on late medieval "clan genealogies" (gdung-rabs), with special attention to documents pertaining to the Rlangs-lha-gzigs lineage associated with the Phag-mo-gru ruling house that ruled the central Tibetan Plateau from 1354-ca. 1480. (reinier.langelaar(at)oeaw.ac.at)

Suzanne Bessenger is a Professor of Religious Studies at Randolph College (VA, USA). She is the author of Echoes of Enlightenment: The Life and Legacy of Sönam Peldren (2016, Oxford University Press). (sbessenger(at)randolphcollege.edu)

Samuel Thévoz's research focuses mainly on European travel literature to Tibet and modern Buddhism in theater. He is the author of Un horizon infini: Explorateurs et voyageurs français au Tibet (1846-1912). Paris: University Press of Paris-Sorbonne, 2010, and edited the re-print of Marie de Ujfalvy-Bourdon, Voyage d’une Parisienne dans l’Himalaya, Paris: Transboréal, 2014. (samuelthevoz(at)gmail.com)