Tibet Journal Vol. 40 (2015), No. 2

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 (contact@bibliaimpex.com).
All articles are also available online at https://www.jstor.org/stable/tibetjournal.40.issue-2 (Licence needed, no Open Access!).


  •  Christian Faggionato: “The History of the dGe lugs pa in the Nubra Valley”.
  • Rob Linrothe: “Site Unseen: Approaching a Royal Buddhist Monument of Zangskar (Western Himalayas)”.
  • Petra Maurer: “Isn’t Life Miserable? The Youth of the Yogin Ngawang Tshering from Ladakh”.
  • Nawang Jinpa: “Why did Tibet and Ladakh Clash in the 17th Century? Rethinking the Background to the ‘Mongol War’ in Ngari (1679-1684)”.
  • John Bray: “A Himalayan Encounter: Lama Lobsang Chospel and Heinrich August Jäschke”.
  • Janet Rizvi: “Specialized Vocations in mid-20th Century Ladakh”.
  • Sophie Day: “‘The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same’: Idioms of House Society in the Leh Area (Ladakh)”.
  • Andrea Butcher: “Ceremonial Activities in Development. The Spiritual ‘Problems’ for Ladakh’s Secular Encounter”.
  • Salomé Deboos: “The Dalai Lama’s Visits to Zangskar in 1980, 1988 and 2009. Reflections on Social and Economic Change”.
  • Rafal Beszterda: “The Shipki la and its Place in Crossborder Trade between India and Tibet”.
  • Pascale Dollfus: “Perceiving, Naming and Using Colours in Ladakh”.