Materiality and Material Culture in Tibet

The geographic and cultural-linguistic focus of the project is past and present-day Tibet. The three main topics are 1) materiality and material culture in early imperial Tibet, 2) materiality and material culture in Buddhist architecture and art and 3) concepts and practices related to materiality and material culture. Social anthropological, art historical, architectural and Tibetological research is combined with materials-related assessments.

Publications (selected)

Feiglstorfer, Hubert. 2018. Examining earthen building methods at the Nyarma monastery in Ladakh. In: Joffroy, Thierry et al. (eds) Terra Lyon 2016: Articles sélectionnés pour publication en ligne / articles selected for on-line publication / artículos seleccionados para publicación en línea. Villefontaine: CRAterre, pp. 1-12.

Feiglstorfer, Hubert. 2019 [spring-summer]. Mineral Building Traditions in the Himalayas: The Mineralogical Impact on the Use of Clay as Building Material. Walter de Gruyter: Munich.

Feiglstorfer, Hubert. 2019 [summer-autumn]. Material Aspects of Building and Craft Traditions: Spatial Program – Building Material – Natural Environment: A Himalayan Case Study. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.

Hazod, Guntram. 2018. Territory, kinship and the grave: On the identification of the elite tombs in the burial mound landscape of imperial Central Tibet. In: Hazod, Guntram and Shen Weirong (eds) Tibetan Genealogies: Studies in Memoriam of Guge Tsering Gyalpo (1961-2015). Beijing: China Tibetology Press, pp. 5-106.

Hazod, Guntram. 2019 [spring]. The graves of the chief ministers of the Tibetan empire: Mapping chapter two of the Old Tibetan Chronicle in the light of the evidence of the Tibetan tumulus tradition. In: Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, Paris.

Jahoda, Christian. 2018. Notes on the performance and meaning of the Sherken and Namtong festivals in areas of historical Western Tibet. In: Hazod, Guntram and Shen Weirong (eds) Tibetan Genealogies: Studies in Memoriam of Guge Tsering Gyalpo (1961-2015). Beijing: China Tibetology Press, pp. 679-704.

Jahoda, Christian and Kalantari, Christiane (eds). In preparation [to appear in 2019]. Early West Tibetan Buddhist Monuments: Architecture, Art, History and Texts. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.

Kalantari, Christiane. 2018. Drinking for enlightenment. Remarks on a beer song (chang gzhas) from Western Tibet and its comparative historical context. Hazod, Guntram and Shen Weirong (eds) Tibetan Genealogies: Studies in Memoriam of Guge Tsering Gyalpo (1961-2015). Beijing: China Tibetology Press, pp. 607-636.

Kalantari, Christiane and Allinger, Eva. 2018. The spiritual career of Buddha Śākyamuni on the portal of Khorchag (Khojarnath). Towards a reconstruction of the whole narrative cycle on a Royal Western Tibetan temple (early 11th c.). In: Asianart.com, Santa Fe/ USA (Ian Alsop ed., Kathmandu/Nepal); asianart.com/articles/khorchag/index.html.