Dr.

CHRISTIAN JAHODA

researcher

christian.jahoda@oeaw.ac.at
 + 43 1 51581 - 6459


SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Christian Jahoda is a senior researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA) specialising in Tibetan societies. He is PI (and director) of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)-sponsored research project “The Scientific Tibet Legacy of Peter Aufschnaiter”. He is the author of Socio-economic Organisation in a Border Area of Tibetan Culture: Tabo, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India (Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2015) and with Tsering Gyalpo, Christiane Kalantari and Patrick Sutherland the author of Khorchag, a trilingual monograph on the history and cultural traditions at Khorchag (Purang) in Western Tibet (Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, second, revised edition, 2015). His most recent publication (2021) Early West Tibetan Buddhist Monuments (co-edited with Christiane Kalantari) focusses on religious, cultural, political and social developments of the entire West Tibetan language area, in particular during the formative phases of the West Tibetan kingdom from the 10th to the 13th centuries.

MAIN RESEARCH AREAS

  • Socio-cultural processes in Tibet and in Tibetan-speaking areas of the Himalayas
  • Social history of religious institutions in Tibetan-speaking areas of the Western Himalayas
  • Buddhist monuments of historical Western Tibet
  • Religious, oral, and festival traditions (main regional focus: Purang, Spiti, Upper Kinnaur)
  • Society, polity, economy, and material culture of pre-modern Western Tibet
  • The scientific Tibet legacy of Peter Aufschnaiter

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1.    (2021) with Kalantari, Christiane (eds) Early West Tibetan Buddhist Monuments: Architecture, Art,­ History and Texts. (Studies and Materials on Historical Western Tibet, Volume III). Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 441 pp. https://verlag.oeaw.ac.at/early-west-tibetan-buddhist-monuments

2.    (2021) Public buildings and/as symbolic framing of urban-rural communal practice in Western Tibet. In: Hovden, Eirik, Kümmeler, Fabian and Judith Majorossy (eds) Practicing Community in Urban and Rural Eurasia: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (1000–1600). Leiden: Brill, 115–148. https://brill.com/view/title/60086?language=en

3.    (2021) Notes on foundations and endowments in Historical Western Tibet (late 10th–15th century). In: Hovden, Eirik, Kümmeler, Fabian and Judith Majorossy (eds) Practicing Community in Urban and Rural Eurasia (1000–1600): Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Leiden: Brill, 355–377. https://brill.com/view/title/60086?language=en

4.    (2019) Inscriptions in areas of Historical Western Tibet (mNga’ ris skor gsum) in their contexts: A brief overview with selected examples. In: Medieval Worlds, 10: 199–251; https://medievalworlds.net/medievalworlds_no10_2019

5.    (2018) Notes on the performance and meaning of the Sherken and Namtong festivals in areas of Historical Western Tibet (mNga’ ris skor gsum). In: Hazod, Guntram and Shen Weirong (eds) Tibetan Genealogies: Studies in Memoriam of Guge Tsering Gyalpo (1961–2015). Beijing: China Tibetology Publishing House: 679–704. https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/-MHWcq3O8iwd6pPOK8_sGQ?fbclid=IwAR2aNWSbzKcr2ejY0dpWf6jvHc5DqbC8skI-mdx51FqlOK5P2D3w5h9Ujq0

6.    (2017) Towards a history of Spiti: Some comments on the question of clans from the perspective of social anthropology. In: Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, 41 (Sept. 2017): 128–159; http://himalaya.socanth.cam.ac.uk/collections/journals/ret/pdf/ret_41_07.pdf

7.    (2016) Imparting and (re-)confirming order to the world: authoritative speech traditions and socio-political assemblies in Spiti, Upper Kinnaur and Purang in the past and present. In: Oral Tradition, 30 (2): 319–344; http://journal.oraltradition.org/issues/30ii/jahoda

8.    (2016) (with Christiane Kalantari) Kingship in Western Tibet in the 10th and 11th centuries. In: Cahiers d’Extrême Asie, 24 (2015): 77–103.

9.    (2015) Socio-economic Organisation in a Border Area of Tibetan Culture: Tabo, Spiti Valley (Himachal Pradesh, India). Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 367 pp. https://austriaca.at/7816-3?frames=yes

10.  (2012) with Tsering Gyalpo, Christiane Kalantari and Patrick Sutherland; with contributions by Eva Allinger, Hubert Feiglstorfer and Kurt Tropper ’Khor chags / Khorchag / Kuojia si wenshi daguan [Kuojia Monastery: An Overview of Its History and Culture]. lHa sa: Bod ljongs bod yig dpe rnying dpe skrun khang, 288 pp. [second, revised edition: Vienna, Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2015; https://austriaca.at/7668-8?frames=yes]

CV AND PUBLICATIONS


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