Conference Proceedings

HIMALAYA HIMALAYA. The Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies 39 (2019), No. 2.
This edition is a special issue on Ladakh and contains six papers, mainly drawn from the 18th IALS conference held in Bedlewo (Poland) in May 2017. See also the two online photo essays accompanying the journal: Marta Normington’s Glimpses from a Monastic School in Zanskar  are based on her experiences as a teaching volunteer in Karsha in 2007-2008, while Elisa Read’s Travels in Ladakh and Baltistan in the 1920s and 1930s presents a set of archival photographs taken by a Swiss/British missionary.

confproc14 Rob Linrothe and Heinrich Pöll (eds.). 2016. Visible Heritage. Essays on the Art and Architecture of Greater Ladakh. New Delhi: Studio Orientalia. 272pp.
The volume contains 10 research papers mainly drawn from the 16th IALS conference held in Heidelberg in April 2013. It is possible to order individual copies by sending an e-mail to Biblia Impex in New Delhi (

confproc13 John Bray, Petra Maurer and Andrea Butcher (eds.). Tibet Journal Vol. 40 (2015), No. 2. Special Issue on Ladakh: Historical Perspectives and Social Change.
The volume contains a total of 11 papers on broadly ‘Tibetological’ themes, including the region’s political and religious history, contemporary development and social issues, and Ladakhi understandings of colour. Most of the papers were presented at the 16th IALS conference in Heidelberg in April 2013, together with two additional contributions from Rob Linrothe and Nawang Jinpa.
The journal is available from the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala and Tibet House in Lodhi Road, New Delhi. It is possible to order individual copies by sending an e-mail to Biblia Impex in New Delhi (

confproc12 Erberto Lo Bue & John Bray (eds.). 2014. Art and Architecture in Ladakh. Cross-cultural Transmissions in the Himalayas and Karakoram. Leiden: Brill. 438 pp.
The book consists of 17 research papers, mainly drawn from the 2007, 2009 and 2011 IALS conference. Their topics range widely over time, from prehistoric rock art to medieval Buddhist stupas and wall paintings, as well as early modern castle architecture, the inter-regional trade in silk brocades, and the challenges of 21st century conservation. Taken together, these studies complement each other to provide a detailed view of Ladakh’s varied cultural inheritance in the light of the latest research.

confproc11 Monisha Ahmed & John Bray (eds.). Recent Research on Ladakh 2009. Kargil & Leh: International Association of Ladakh Studies. 183 pp.
A selection of papers from the 12th IALS Colloquium held in Kargil. For purchase details:

confproc10 John Bray & Elena De Rossi Filibeck (eds.). 2009. Mountains, Monasteries and Mosques. Recent Research on Ladakh and the Western Himalaya. Supplement No. 2 to Rivista degli Studi Orientali 80 (New Series). Pisa & Rome: Sapienza, Università di Roma, Dipartimento di Studi Orientali. ISBN: 8862271883. ISBN-13: 9788862271882

confproc09 John Bray & Nawang Tsering Shakspo (eds.). 2007. Recent Research on Ladakh 2007. Leh: Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages/International Association for Ladakh Studies, 2007. 274 pp. map, illus.
This book presents a selection of 34 papers on the history, art, language, culture and natural environment of Ladakh. Between them, they provide a succinct overview of many of the key themes of contemporary research on Ladakh. The majority of the papers were first presented at the 11th IALS colloquium which took place in Leh and Choglamsar from 21-25 July 2003, and was co-hosted by the Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages. The papers are arranged in eight sections: History; History of Art and Architecture; Local Cultures and Tradition; Medicine and Health; Political and Social Change; Challenges of Development; and An Ethic for the Future? Each of these sections is presented with an editorial introduction summarising the main themes. To purchase a hardcopy:

confproc08 John Bray (ed.). 2005. Ladakhi Histories: local and regional perspectives. Selected papers presented at the 9th, 10th and 11th IALS Colloquia. Brill’s Tibetan Studies Library. Brill, Leiden. ISBN 90 04 14551 6. 402 pp.
This volume contains a selection of papers given at the 9th, 10th and 11th IALS colloquia held in 1999, 2001 and 2003.

confproc07 Martijn van Beek, Kristoffer Brix Bertelsen and Poul Pedersen (eds.). 1999. Ladakh: Culture, History, and Development between Himalaya and Karakoram. Recent Research on Ladakh 8. Proceedings of the Eighth Colloquium of the International Association for Ladakh Studies held at Moesgård, Århus University, 5-8 June 1997. Århus University Press. ISBN 87 7288 791-5. 414 pp.

confproc06 Thierry Dodin and Heinz Räther (eds.). 1997. Recent Research on Ladakh 7. Proceedings of the 7th Colloquium of the International Association for Ladakh Studies, Bonn/St.Augustin, 12-15 June 1995. Ulmer Kulturantropologische Schriften Band 9. Ulm: Universität Ulm. ISBN 3 930983 06 0. 496 pp.

confproc05 Henry Osmaston and Nawang Tsering (eds.). 1997. Recent Research on Ladakh 6. Proceedings of the Sixth International Colloquium on Ladakh. Leh, 16-20 August 1993. Bristol: University of Bristol. ISBN: 0 86292 431 6. 374 pp.
This volume is out of print, however PDFs of each paper can be downloaded for on this page.

confproc04 Henry Osmaston and Philip Denwood (eds.). 1995. Recent Research on Ladakh 4 & 5. Proceedings of the Fourth and Fifth International Colloquia on Ladakh. Bristol 1989 & London 1992. London: SOAS Studies. ISBN 0 7286 0241 5. 429 pp.

confproc03 L. Icke-Schwalbe & G. Meier (eds.). 1990. Wissenschaftsgeschichte und gegenwärtige Forschungen in Nordwest-Indien. Dresden Museum of Ethnology. Proceedings of the third colloquium on Ladakh held in 1987 at Herrnhut near Dresden (German Democratic Republic).
This volume is out of print, however PDFs of each paper can be downloaded for on this page.

confproc02 C. Dendaletche & P. Kaplanian (eds.). 1985. Ladakh, Himalaya Occidental: ethnologie, ecologie. Recent Research on Ladakh No. 2. Acta Biologica Montana 5, Pau. Proceedings of the second colloquium on Ladakh held in 1985 at Pau (France).
The original volume is out of print however Recent Research on Ladakh No. 2A was republished in 2001 by Patrick Kaplanian with some revised and additional papers. Patrick Kaplanian has further updated and re-edited this volume and has kindly made Recent Research on Ladakh No. 2B available for download: PDF (13MB).

confproc01 D. Kantowski & R. Sander (eds.). 1983. Recent Research on Ladakh: history, culture, sociology, ecology. Weltforum Verlag, Munich. Proceedings of the first colloquium on Ladakh held in 1981 at Konstanz (Federal Republic of Germany).
This volume is out of print, however the full text from this volume is available for download: PDF (25MB).