Conference Update 24/08/2019:
Update Conference Programme & Contact and Transportation Information

Please find attached the final schedule of the IALS 2019 Conference, including several changes and additions to the previous draft: IALS Conference Programme

We also uploaded contacts and local transportation offers. Especially the hired bus going from Leh to the conference location and back every day might be of interest. Please find more details here: Contacts and Transportation


Conference Update 17/08/2019:
Note of Reassurance by the Conference Conveners about the Current Situation in Leh and Choglamsar

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our friends and colleagues to the 19th IALS conference at the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies in Choglamsar from 31 August to 4 September. All the preparations are ready, and we expect some 80 papers on a wide range of topics

However, we have heard that some participants are reconsidering their plans because of recent political developments in the wider region. Here we would like to offer a note of reassurance. Tourists are still coming to Leh in large numbers, and everyone is going about their normal business. The UK, the US and Germany have issued travel advisories recommending that their citizens avoid Kashmir but, as you will see from the link below, they all make an exception for Ladakh.
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india

Please do come, and help ensure that the conference is a great success!

Conference Conveners


Call for Nominations: IALS Elections

Important Notice

Dear Member,

We have four Executive Committee posts up for re-election at the Association’s forthcoming conference in Leh this year.

These posts are:

  • The President
  • The Secretary
  • Treasurer/Membership Secretary
  • Ladakh Liason Officer
  • The Webmaster

IALS will begin fielding nominations immediately, with the intention of voting for candidates and ratifying the final decisions at the next General Meeting in Leh, 2019.

For more details on the election and the nomination process, please visit our Election Page


Conference Update 24/06/2019:
Accommodation at CIBS, Sponsors, Travel Funds

CIBS has agreed to allow IALS to use its guest house to host conference participants. This means we have ten double-sharing rooms available on campus. The organizing committee feels that this should be offered on a first-come first-served basis to students attending the conference from outside Leh. If there are such candidates who require accommodation in Leh, they are advised to get in touch with the organizing committee before 15 July. If there are rooms still available, then it can be offered to others.

Furthermore, if there are members who are willing to sponsor the fee or accommodation for students attending the conference, please get in touch with the organizing committee by 15 July. This will ensure that any such offers are allotted to deserving candidates.

We have not been able to raise funds to cover the travel costs to and from Ladakh. However, all conference-related travel to and from the venue and field trips will be covered by the conference fees. 

For more Information visit our Conference Page


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The International Association for Ladakh Studies (IALS)

Ladakh, located in the north western part of India, has only been readily accessible for study since the early 1970s. In that short time it has been the focus of interest for many students, senior scholars and independent researcher from across many disciplines.

They are attracted by Ladakh’s physical condition as a high altitude desert in the rain-shadow of the geologically active Himalaya and Karakorum. They are interested in the skilful agricultural adaptations to these rough environment by its farmers and pastoralists. It is Ladakh’s unique sociology, history and cultural tradition at the crossroads of Central and East Asia and its rich and diverse religious heritage that makes the field interesting for people from all over the world. Most recently the problems encountered with modern development and conservation have become a focus of research.

We formed our community of students and researchers from within South Asian and beyond to share our research via conferences, small workshops and publications.

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