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18-20 Férier 2016

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Territories, Communities, and Exchanges in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands

18-20 February, 2016

Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris

We are delighted to share the program of the conference that will bring together twenty scholars during a 3-day event to be held at the Maison Internationale (Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris).

You can visit the dedicated website ( for more information about the conference.

Please join us for this international conference, which will be the closing event of the ERC-funded project “Territories, Communities, an Exchanges in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands”, hosted by the Centre for Himalayan Studies (CNRS).

Conference Program :

Jeudi 18 / Thursday 18

9:00-9:15 Introduction, Stéphane Gros

9:15-10:45 Territories

Chair : Kunsang Namgyal Lama

  • Fabienne Jagou Manchu Officials’ Khams Travel Accounts : Mapping a Course Through a Qing Territory
  • Rémi Chaix Territorial Division of the Kingdom of Dergé During the Eighteenth Century

Discussant : Françoise Wang-Toutain

10:45-11:00 : Pause/Break

11:00-12:30 Trade

Chair : Nicolas Sihlé

  • Elizabeth Reynolds Monasteries, Merchants, and Long Distance Trade : The Economic Power of Tibetan Monasteries in Northern Kham (1900-1959)
  • Lucia Galli The Price of Enlightenment : The Travel Account of Kha stag ʼDzam yag, a Pilgrim and a Tshong dpon (1944-1956)

Discussant : Rémi Chaix

12:30-14:00 : Déjeuner/Lunch

14:00-16:00 Ingression

Chair : Stéphane Gros

  • C. Pat Giersch Patterns of Inclusion and Exclusion Along Twentieth-Century China’s Southwestern and Tibetan Borderlands
  • John Bray French Catholic Missions and Sino-Tibetan Trade : Local Networks and International Enterprise
  • Lara Maconi Schooling and Education in Kham during the ROC : Chinese Civilizing Mission and Tibetan Resistance to It

Discussant : Alice Travers

16:00-16:15 : Pause/Break

16:15-17:45 Farwest

Chair : Fabienne Jagou

  • Scott Relyea Settling Authority : Sichuanese Farmers in Early Twentieth Century Eastern Tibet
  • Mark Frank Chinese Physiocracy : Kham as Laboratory for the Agrarian Theory of China

Discussant : Yudru Tsomu

18:30 : Welcome Cocktail

Vendredi 19 / Friday 19

9:00-10:30 Leaders

Chair : Rémi Chaix

  • Yudru Tsomu Rise of a Political Strongman in Dergé in the Early Twentieth Century : A Story of Jagö Topden
  • Dáša Mortensen Wangchuk Tempa and the Control of Gyalthang in the Early-Twentieth Century

Discussant : Fabienne Jagou

10:30-10:45 : Pause/Break

10:45-12:45 Kinship

Chair : Yudru Tsomu

  • Chen Bo “House Society” Revisited
  • Stéphane Gros Matrifocality and the House in Drapa (Zhaba)
  • Giovanni da Col Naven in Tibet : Hospitality and the House in a Male Cross-Dressing Ritual Among Yunnan Tibetans

Discussant : Tenzin Jinba

12:45-14:15 : Déjeuner/Lunch

14:15-16:15 Arts and Crafts

Chair : Katia Buffetrille

  • Kunsang Namgyal Lama Khampa Metalwork Today and Its Specificities
  • Dawa Drolma The Renaissance of Traditional Dzongsar Craft-making in the Meshö Valley : An Insider’s Perspective on New Economic Processes and Identity Transformations in Sino-Tibetan Borderlands
  • Isabelle Henrion Dourcy Making Movies in the Gesar Heartland : The Burgeoning of a Kham Film Production in rDzogs-chen

Discussant : Françoise Robin

16:15-16:30 : Pause/Break

16:30-18:00 Round-table The Ethics of Working in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands With Isabelle de Lamberterie, Tenzin Jinba, Alice Travers, Katia Buffetrille

Samedi 20 / Saturday 20

9:00-10:30 In-Betweenness

Chair : Françoise Robin

  • Yasmin Cho Thinking Through Kham : Buddhist Revivalism, the State, and Tibetan Buddhist Nuns in Yachen
  • Tenzin Jinba Two Gyalrong Weddings Under Fire : Rethinking of the Ongoing “Sinicization” and “Tibetanization” on the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands

Discussant : Nicolas Sihlé

10:30-10:45 : Pause/Break

10:45-12:15 Borderlessness

Chair : Lara Maconi

  • Eric Mortensen Boundaries of the Borderlands : Mapping Gyalthang
  • Katia Buffetrille The Increasing visibility of the Borderlands Discussant : Stéphane Gros

12:15-12:45 : Conclusion and general discussion

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