New Publication “New Perspectives on Modern Ladakh. Fresh Discoveries and Continuing Conversations in the Indian Himalaya.”

Edited by Rafał Beszterda, John Bray and Elizabeth Williams-Oerberg. Toruń: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersitetu Mikolaja Kopernika, 2021.

This volume originates in the 2017 IALS conference in Bedłewo (Poland) and contains twelve research papers on the following themes: the natural environment and social change; urbanisation and social change in Leh; bees, mushrooms and folkways; 20th century external contacts and local responses; three perspectives on weaving; and a final essay that poses the question “Did Gama ever reach the land of the lama?”

The book costs 41.40 zł plus postage. Ordering details and a full list of contents are available on: https://wydawnictwo.umk.pl/pl/products/5621/new-perspectives-on-modern-ladakh-fresh-discoveries-and-continuing-conversations-in-the-indian-himalaya.

Call for Presentation and Participation: Webinar on “Commemorating Tashi Rabgias’s Legacy”

UPDATE 24/10/21: To participate at the event, use the following links:

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/79726099970?pwd=bmFNSHo2WEFCWno2UklMQWU3Qno1QT09

Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/events/576261966928037?ref=newsfeed

The programme for the event can be downloaded here: PDF / Word

UPDATE 18/10/21: The webinar will start at 4:30 P.M. Indian Standard Time (IST) on Tuesday, 26th of October. The time per presentation is scheduled to be 15-20 minutes.

ORIGINAL NEWS: This is in reference to the commemoration of the legacy of Tashi Rabgias from 17th October 2021 (his birth anniversary) to 28th October 2021 (his death anniversary). IALS has been invited to host an international webinar on 26th October 2021 on the theme “Commemorating Tashi Rabgias’s Legacy”.

As advised by the Executive and Advisory Committees, we have decided to divide the webinar into two broad sub-themes:

  • Personal accounts of Tashi Rabgias (His life, works, and any personal memories of Tashi Rabgias)
  • Furthering conversations in fields that were important to Tashi Rabgias. This includes fields such as history, literature, art & culture, and Buddhist responses to social change etc.

Tashi Rabgias was a pioneer of Ladakh studies and also the patron of IALS, the webinar provides us with an opportunity to honour his legacy and express our gratitude for his efforts and contributions.

If you wish to present a paper on either of the themes, please write to Dr Rigzin Chodon (host of the webinar) at rigzinchodonjnu@gmail.com with an abstract (Approx. 200 words) by 22nd October, mid-night, IST. The final list of the speakers will be reviewed by the President and the Editorial Committee, IALS and announced by 23rd October 2021 on the IALS website. The link for the webinar and other details shall be shared by 25th October 2021 via email.

We look forward to your participation.