May 2017, Travel grants update :
Members and Colleagues,
We have the pleasure once again to announce that we received a further generous financial donation—this time from Sonam Wangchuk of SECMOL and Melong Publications. Wangchuk offered INR 39,500 travel grants to support the attendance of five Ladakhi students at Bedlewo. These five were amongst those who had been selected for travel grants in the original competition, and the additional grants were used to help cover the costs of flights to Europe.
Sonam Wangchuk was himself the beneficiary of financial support to attend the 4th IALS colloquium in Bristol back in 1989. The benefits he received from this experience and exposure inspired him to enable young Ladakhis to attend 18th International Colloquium by offering a donation from his personal finances. These awards were offered with the spirit of intention that the recipients will respond in kind to other struggling Ladakhis once they have the financial means to do so.
On behalf of the Executive Committee, the Advisory Board and IALS’ wider membership, we would like to take this opportunity to offer grateful thanks to Wangchuk, and pledge to respect the spirit in which his donation was offered by assisting Ladakh Studies members facing constraints whenever and however we can.
The Conference Organising Committee
18th IALS Conference, Bedlewo 2017
The 18th Conference of the International Association for Ladakh Studies (IALS) was jointly organized by the Board of Polish Academy of Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin, and the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. It was held at the Bedlewo Conference Centre near Poznan, Poland from Tuesday, 2nd to Saturday, 6th May 2017. A full conference report will be posted here once finalised, but for now here's a few pictures which capture the essence of what was a very successful and enjoyable conference. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Rafal and Diana our Conference Convenors, for all their hard work, our various benefactors who offered generous financial assistance to a number of participants, Sonam and Rigzin Chodon in responding at the 11th hour to bring the final confirmed participants to Bedlewo from Ladakh, and to those that presented and attended the conference and offered their services going forward.