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