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2011 Institute> Week 4

WEEK 4: July 25th-July 29th

Daily Schedule

Morning Session
Lunch Break
Afternoon Session
Web Page Consultations
Evening Sessions


All Sessions in Rooms 402-3 of the Hogan Campus Center, unless otherwise noted

MONDAY, July 25th

Morning Program

Expert Presentation: Lauran Hartley, Columbia University

Modern Tibetan Literature in Translation

Core Readings:

  • Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change, ed. by L. Hartley and P. Schiaffini-Vedani (Duke University Press, 2008). Introduction, Chaps. 1-3.
  • Selections from Song of the Snow Lion, M?noa 12:2 (U of Hawai’i Press, 2000).
    • Dhondup Gyal, “Waterfall of Youth.”
    • Ju Kalzang, “Tibet, Mother, Mani”
    • Yangtso Kyi, “Journal of the Grassland”
  • Selections from Jangbu, The Nine-Eyed Agate: Poems and Stories, trans. by H. Stoddard (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, Lexington Books, 2010).
    • “The Whittling”, “Three Animal Stories”, “My Tibet”
  • Tsering Dondrup, "A Show to Delight the Masses," Persimmon, vol. 1, no. 3 (Winter 2001): 61-77.
  • Woeser [Weise], Tibet's True Heart: Selected Poems, trans. by A.E. Clark. (Dobb's Ferry: Ragged Banner Press, 2008).
  • “Joys and Sorrows of a Boy from Naktsang.” Introduction and translated excerpt.

Further Readings:

  • Alai. Red Poppies. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002. (Chinese original)
  • Bhum, Pema. Six Stars with a Crooked Neck: Tibetan Memoirs of the Cultural Revolution. Dharamsala: Tibet Times, 2001.
  • Gendun Chopel [1903-1951]. In the Forest of Faded Wisdom: 104 Poems by Gendun Chopel. Ed. and trans. by D. Lopez, Jr. University of Chicago, 2009.
  • Norbu, Jamyang. Sherlock Homes: The Missing Years. NY: Bloomsbury, 1999. (English original)
  • Tailing, W. The Secret Tale of Tesur House. Beijing: Tibetology Publishing House, 1998.
  • Tsering Wangmo Dhompa. Rules of the House. Berkeley: Apogee Press, 2002. (English original)
  • A Blighted Flower and Other Stories. Comp. and trans. by Riika J. Virtanen. Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, 2000.
  • Contemporary Tibetan Literary Studies. Ed. by S. Venturino. Leiden: Brill, 2007.

Afternoon Program

Expert Presentation: Manjushree Thapa, Kathmandu

Nepali Literature: Recent Trends in a Time of Political Unrest                  

Core Readings:

  • Manjushree Thapa, Seasons of Flight. Delhi: Viking Penguin, 2011
  • Manjushree Thapa, trans. The Country is Yours: Contemporary Nepali Literature. Delhi: Penguin, 2011.

Further Readings:

  • Michael Hutt, Himalayan Voices. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1991.
  • Manjushree Thapa, The Tutor of History. London: Penguin, 2001
  • Samrat Upadhyay, Arresting God in Kathmandu. NY: Houghton Mifflin, 2001

TUESDAY, July 26th

Morning Program


Expert Presentation: Dr. Paula Newburg, Georgetown University

Political Developments in the NW Himalayas: Pakistan and Afghanistan                

Core Readings:

  • Laila Bokhari, “Pakistan: Dealing with Peace in the Tribal Areas,” Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre, No 12, November 2010.
  • Talatbek Masadykov, Antonio Giustozzi, JM Page, “Negotiating with the Taliban: Toward a Solution for the Afghan Conflict,” Crisis States Working Papers Series, No 2, January 2010
  • Paula Newburg, “Pakistan's Governance Imperative,” MIT Audits of Conventional Wisdom, May 2008

Further Readings:

  • Paula Newburg, Double Betrayal: Human Rights and Insurgency in Kashmir *

Afternoon Program

Expert Presentation: Maureen Stephens, Brown University

Workshop on CHOICES Curriculum on Afghanistan

Core Readings:

  • CHOICES Curriculum Materials

Evening Program

Location: in Hogan 502

Time: TBA

A Selection of Himalayan Music with Cellist Tien Ning and Others

Feature film: "Himalaya" followed by discussion

WEDNESDAY, July 27th

Morning Program


Expert Presentation: Dr. Anne de Sales, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Shamanism in the Himalayas                   

Core Readings:        

  • A.W. MacDonald, "The Healer in the Nepalese World"
  • Anne de Sales, "The Kham Magar Country, Nepal: Between Ethnic Claims and
    Maoism," European Bulletin of Himalayan Research 19, 41-71 (ERES) 

Further Reading:

  • John Hitchcock, John and Jones, Rex eds. Spirit Possession in the Nepal Himalayas (New Delhi: Vikas, 1976).

Thang PowerPoint Slides

Afternoon Program



Expert Presentation: Prof. Charles Ramble, Oxford University

Practices of Tibetan Buddhism; Traditions of the Tibetan Frontier People

Core Readings:

  • Charles Ramble, “The People of Mustang and their History,” from The Navel of the Demoness: Tibetan Buddhism and Civil Religion in HighlandNepal. (NY: Oxford Univ. Press, 2008)  (ERES)
  • Lawrence Epstein and David Lichter, "Irony in Tibetan Notions of the Good Life,"
    in Karma: An Anthropological Inquiry, ed. Charles F. Keyes and E. Valentine
    Daniels. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983), 223-259.     

Further Reading:

  • David Holmberg, Order in Paradox: Myth, Ritual, and Exchange among Nepal’s Tamang  (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1989).

PowerPoint Slides


THURSDAY, July 28th

Morning Program


Afternoon Program

Expert Presentation: Prof. Keiko Yamanaka, University of California-Berkeley

Nepalis in International Migration

Required Readings:

  • Keiko Yamanaka. “Nepalese Labor Migration to Japan: From Global Warriors to Global Workers,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 23, 2000, 62-93.

Further Readings:

  • Keiko Yamanaka, “Transnational Community Activities of Nepalese Visa- Overstayers in Japan: Governance and Transnationalism from Below,” in Nelson H. H. Graburn, et al. (ed.), Multiculturalism in the New Japan: Crossing the Borders Within, Oxford: Berghan Press, 2008, 151-170.
  • “Changing Family Structures of Nepali Transmigrants in Japan: Split- Households and Dual-Wage Earners,” Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs, Vol. 5, 2005, 337-358.

Evening Program

Workshop on Making Tibetan Foods

Farewell Dinner

FRIDAY, July 29th

Morning and Afternoon Programs

Presentations of Teacher Implementation Plans

Web Pages and Curricular Materials



SATURDAY, July 30th

All Day

Check-out from Campus Apartments