Sunday, 22 March 2015

Tibetan Manuscripts conference @ Chicago University

Feb 26th - 28th 2015

Conference at Chicago University, 
as part of the the development towards a future publication of
A Manual of Tibetan Manuscript Studies

The conference title:

Merits of the Book:
Buddhist Manuscript Traditions across Asia

The programme and abstracts PDF 
is linked  here

Titles in brief, in chronological order of presentation:

In Praise of Error 
 R. Salomon

Mapping the Early Technology of Paper in Central Asia
 A. Helman-Wazny

The Conditioned Genesis of the Dunhuang Manuscripts
S. Teiser
The Production of Sutras for the  Tibetan Emperor
B. Dotson

Writing Societies 
B. Lowe
(Ancient Japanese manuscripts)

Sacred Space of the Manuscript  
J. Kim
(Indic manuscripts)
All Manuscripts are Palimpsests 
G. Heyworth
 (spectral imaging)

The Archivist's Dilemma 
J. Wallman
(digital archiving)

Handwriting Identification in Tibetan Manuscripts
 S. van Schaik

Medical Culture & Manuscript Culture in Tibetan Knowledge Networks
S. van Vleet

Methods & Pathways in the Study of Digital Tibetan Manuscripts
 M. Sheehy

 Miscellany for a Manual of Tibetan Manuscript Studies
M. Kapstein

followed by a workshop discussion ("The Survivor's Ball" - MTK),
minutes taken by CEM

The proceedings were video-recorded by University of Chicago,
and should be available for viewing when ready.
Notification of the recordings will appear on Bod Blog.

A selection of photos from the conference follows:

Dr Agnieszka  Helman-Wazny (Hamburg)

Prof Stephen Teiser (Princeton U), with the backs of 2 former Oxfordians

Dr Brandon Dotson (Munich)

Professor Vesna Wallace (UCSB)

Dr Gregory Heyworth's (Mississippi) multispectral research demonstrated
a prior reading of the American Declaration of Independence...
Jefferson apparently had second thoughts.

from Dr Sam van Schaik's presentation, via Skype,
on Tibetan Handwriting

(click on photo to see enlarged)

Dr Stacey van Vleet (UCB),
on medical manuscripts

Dr Michael Sheehy (TBRC, Boston)

Professor Matthew Kapstein (Chicago/Paris)

Saturday, 14 March 2015

R.I.P. Sir Terry Pratchett

Sad news - R.I.P. Sir Terry Pratchett.

Bodleian Library featured briefly in recent book (2012),
in which a Tibetan character (Lobsang) appeared ...

(click on photo to read at larger size)

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Opening of Weston Library

To celebrate the public opening of the Weston Library 
(where the Tibetan manuscripts are housed)
a series of walks and talks are planned 
for the weekend of 21 - 22 March 2015,

see this link

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Report on Manuscripts Conference,
(Chicago 2015)
will appear here when time permits...

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Encore on the negatives found @ New Bodleian (now known as Weston Library)

As an update on  the posting from Mon 24 Sept 2012 below ( Negatives @ Bod ),
an article (by Dr Nathan W. Hill & Mr Charles Manson) has now been published about H.E. Richardson's photographic negatives
found @ New Bodleian in 2010
while tidying out before the Weston refurbishment.
The negatives are of an 18C Tibetan manuscript recording
the inscriptions on several Tibetan stelae (Tib. rdo rings)
(all created in late 8th-9th centuries CE, Central Tibet)

The article has been published in the volume
Epigraphic Evidence in the Pre-Modern Buddhist World, 
published by
Arbeitskreis fur Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien Universitat Wien.

Thanks to a generous Open Access grant by the Austrian Science Fund,
the volume has been made available by the publisher here

Prints of the negatives are available to view
on the Luna site, here

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Introduction to Bodleian Libraries' Tibetan texts collection

Powerpoint presentation on Bodleian collection development and catalogues,
given at IATS 2013, Ulaanbaatar, 
file link is here

Monday, 29 September 2014

Cambridge scholarship for Tibetans

Scholarship available for students from the Tibetan plateau 
or surrounding regions or countries...
Application deadline Oct 15 2014, for entry 2015.