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Tsering Wangdu Shakya
 

 
Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia
Institute of Asian Research
University of British Columbia
1855 West Mall, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6T 1Z2
Tel: 604-822-2968
E-mail: tshakya@mail.ubc.ca

EDUCATION

2000-2005           Ph.D., Tibetan Studies, University of London (S.O.A.S.)

1981-1985           B.A. Hons, Social Anthropology and South Asian History, University of London

    (S.O.A.S.)

POSITIONS

2013-                    Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada
2006-2013           Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada
2004-2006           Research Fellow, Oxford University, Pitt Rivers Museum
1998-2002           Research Fellow, University of London, SOAS
1996-97               Researcher/Specialist Consultant, Tibet Information Network
1991-94               Lecturer Oxford University, Queen Elizabeth College
1987-90               Policy and Monitoring Officer, London Borough of Ealing
1984-97               Researcher, London Borough of Brent
1982-84               Specialist Researcher, North East London Religious Education Centre
 

EDITORIALSHIPS

  • Journal of International Association of Tibetan Studies, (Editorial Board)
  • Institute of Asian Research’s Asia Pacific Memo
  • Muse India, the literary ejournal, (Guest Editor, Issue 57: Sep-Oct 2014)
  • Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, Guest Editor 12.2, 2000
  • Himalaya, The Journal of the Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies, (Editorial Board)

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & BOARD AFFILIATIONS

  • The President of International Association of Tibetan Studies
  • 10th Conference of International Association of Tibetan Studies, Board Advisor
  • Journal of International Association of Tibetan Studies, Editorial Board
  • Tibet Times, Founder and Board Director
  • Amnye Machen Institute – Tibetan Centre for Advance Studies, Board Advisor
  • George Bell Institute, Queen’s College, Birmingham, UK, Fellow and Member

 

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

Don drup rgyal dang bod kyi den grabs ring lungs ‘tshol zhib, (Dhondrup Gyal and Search for Tibetan Modernity.)  Rangrol Research Institute, Nanjing: PRC. Jiangsu renmin chubanshe, 2011.

The Struggle for Tibet (Co-authored with Wang Lixiong), Verso Press, NY, 2010.

Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947, edited by Clare Harris and Tsering Shakya, Serindia Publications, London, 2003

Song of the Snow Lion: New Writings from Tibet, commissioning and guest editor of Mãnoa, A Pacific Journal of International Writings, University of Hawaii, 2000

The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet Since 1947, Tsering Shakaya, Pimlico, London, 1999

Fire Under the Snow: The Testimony of a Tibetan Prisoner - Palden Gyatso, Tsering Shakya, Harvill Press, London, 1998

CHAPTERS

“Ga rgya 'gram nag: A bandit or a proto-rebel? The question of banditry as social protest in Nag chu”In Roberto Vitali (ed.) Trails of the Tibetan Tradition, Papers for Elliot Sperling. Dharamsala, Amnye Machen Institute, 2015; 359-376

“The Development of Modern Tibetan Literature in the People's Republic of China: The 1980s”. In L. Hartley and P. Schiaffini (Eds.), Writing Tibet: Modern Tibetan Literature in Society.  Duke University Press, 2009, 61-85.

“The 13th Dalai Lama”.  The Dalai Lamas, A Visual History,  Martin Brauen, Edited. Chicago:  Serindia Publication, 2005, 136-161

“Cities and Thrones and Powers: The British and the Tibetans in Lhasa, 1936-1947”. In C. Harris and T. Shakya (Eds.), Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947. London: Serindia Publications, 2003, 79-126.

"The Genesis of the Sino-Tibetan Agreement of 1951". In Alex McKay (Ed.), The History of Tibet London: Routledge Curzon, 2003, 589-609

“Language, Literature and Representation in Tibet”. Introduction to H. J. Batt, (Ed.), Tales of Tibet: Sky Burials, Prayer Wheels, and Wind Horses. London: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001, X1-XX111.

“Historical Introduction" in Leaders in Tibet: A Directory, edited by Victoria Conner and Robert Barnett, Tibet Information Network, London, 1997, 1-14.

“The Development of Modern Tibetan Studies”. In R. Barnett and S. Akiner (Eds), Resistance and Reform in Tibet. London: Hurst & Company, 1994, 1-14.

“Monastic Communities in Zangskar: Location, Function and Organisation.” (Co-authored with J. Crook). In J. Crook & H. Osmaston (Eds.), Buddhist Himalayan Village. New Delhi: University of Bristol, 1994, pp: 559-600

“Monastic Economic in Zangskar 1980s”, (co authored with J,. Crook). In J. Crook & H. Osmaston (Eds.), Buddhist Himalayan Village. New Delhi: University of Bristol, 1994, 601-630.

“Six Families of Leh,” co-author with J. Crook, in Recent Research on Ladakh, edited by D. Kantowsky & R. Sanders, Schriftenreihe International Asienforum, Universitat Konstanz, 1983. 195-216

ARTICLES

“Twice Removed, Tibetan Diaspora in North America, Himal”, A Review Magazine of Politics and Culture, Vol.27. No 4, pp: 118-128. 2015

"On the fringes of the harmonious society: Tibetans and Uyghurs in Socialist China". NIAS Studies in Asian Topics. Edited by Trine Brox, Ildikó Bellér-Hann. Copenhagen: NIAS Press; Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press 2014

“Are Ethnic Tensions Rising in China?”  Online Journal Chinafile, 2014

Voices from Tibet: Selected Essays and Reportage. By Tsering Woeser and Wang Lixiong; Edited and translated by Violet S. Law. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press; Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2014.

Introduction to Minority Language in Today's Global Society vol. 2, Trace Foundation, NY. 2013.

“Self Immolation, the Changing Language of Protest in Tibet”, Submitted to La revue d'études tibétaines, reviewed and accepted to publication December 2012

Mongolia and Tibet: the Search for Nationhood, A comparative study of state formation in the early 20th Century, Reviewed and accepted for Publication Modern China (in press, 2012)

“Transforming the Language of Protest,” Hot Spot Forum, Cultural Anthropology. Online Journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, April 11, 2012.

Book Review:  Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Memories of a Forgotten War, Carole McGranahan, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010. The China Quarterly, 206: 2011,pp:446- 448

“Mongolia and Tibet: A comparative study of state formation in the early 20th Century”. (In Mongolian)  Independent, Ulaanbaatar. 2011, pp: 204-214

“Karmapa Controversy – Raid on a Tibetan Monastery in India”, IAR’s Asia Pacific Memo, No 55, 10 February, 2011

“The Xinhai Revolution and Counter Revolution on the Frontiers of Republican China”, IAR’s  Asia Pacific Memo, No,103, 22 September, 2011

“The Karmapa Conundrum,” The Wall Street Journal, Feb 10 2010

“Portrait of a Lama as a Spy”, Outlook, Feb 2010.

“Tibet and China: the past in the present”, Internet Journal, Open Democracy, 18th March 2009

“The Gulf Between Tibet and Its Exiles”, Far Eastern Economic Review, May 2, 2008.

Written Interview. The Tibet Question, New Left Review 51, May-June 2008. pp: 5-28

Blood in the Snows: Reply to Wang Lixiong. New Left Review, 15, 2002, 39-60.

“Who Are the Prisoners? Tibetan Buddhism and the West”, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Vol 69. No 1. 2001. pp: 183-189.

The Waterfall and Fragrant Flowers, Development of Modern Tibetan Literature. Mãnoa, A Pacific Journal of International Writings, 12(2), 2000, 28-40.

“Solving the Tibetan Problem,” Time Magazine (Asian Edition), July 17, 2000.

“The Man Who Wasn't Allowed to Tell the Truth: The 7th Panchen Lama,” Lungta, Dharamsala, India, Winter 1996. pp: 24-30.

“The Panchen Lama Controversy,” Tibetan Review, Vol. XXX, No. 8, 1996. pp: 7-12.

“The Genesis of the 17-Point Agreement: The Genesis of the Sino-Tibetan Agreement of 1951,”
Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of Tibetan Studies – Fegernes, Norway, Institute of Comparative Research in Human Culture, Oslo, 1994. pp: 739-754.

“Whither the Tsampa Eaters?” Himal, Vol. 6, No. 5, 1993. pp: 8-12.

“Tibet and the Occident: The Myth of Shangri-la,” Lungta, 1991. pp: 20-25.

“1948 Trade Mission to United Kingdom - An Essay in Honour of Tsipon Shakabpa,” Tibet Journal, Vol. XV, No. 4, 1990. pp: 97-114.

“Street Voices: Songs of Lhasa,” Tibet News, No. 3, June 1990. p.3.

“The Making of the Great Game Players: Tibetan Students in England 1912-1916,” Tibetan Review, Vol. XXI, No 1. 1986. pp: 12-17.

“Tibet and the League of Nations.” Tibet Journal, Vol. X, No. 3, 1985. pp: 48-56.

“China's New Religious Policy,” Tibetan Review, Vol. XXVII, No. 11, 1983. pp: 15-20.

“Tibetanization of Ladakh.” Tibetan Review, Vol. XX, No. 1, 1982. pp: 16-19.

 

KEYNOTE SPEECHES

Keynote Address at the 20th Annual Association of Central Eurasian Students Conference at Indiana University.  April, 2013.

Alternative Futures for Tibet and the Tibetan Diaspora, Keynote Lecture at University of Westminster, London, UK. May, 2009.

Key note speaker and participant in an East-West Center workshop on “Asian Cultures in Secular and Sacred Relations: Pasts and Presents”, University of Hawai’i. November, 2009.

Presentation at the Brookings Institution in Washington organized by the Special Advisor to the President and Senior Director for East Asian Affairs in the State Department, on freedom of religion in China. April, 2009.

Organized workshops for college and university professors in the humanities and social sciences held at the Asian Studies Development Program of the East-West Center, University of Hawaii, with a focus on the interplay of tradition and transformation of cultures and societies of the Himalayan region. April, 2008.

Tibet: Does History Matter? Public Lecture from the "Tibetan Religion and State in the 17th and 18th Centuries: Tibetan, Chinese, and Mongolian Perspectives" conference. Center for Buddhist Studies. University of California, Berkeley. May, 2006.

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

China Studies Seminar Series, Georgetown University March, 2015.

Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.  May-June, 2014.

Keynote Address at the 20th Annual Association of Central Eurasian Students Conference at Indiana University. April, 2013.

Hammer Forum, University of California Los Angeles. April, 2013.

The Mosaic Institute/University of Toronto, May, 2013.

Amnesty International/ Ontario Tibetan Community May, 2013.

London School of Economics. May, 2013.

Main Hall Forum, University of Lawrence, Appleton Wisconsin. Feb.2013.

"The Tulku Institution in Tibetan Buddhism: Past, Present, and Future Prospects of the Reincarnation System, University of San Francisco. February, 2013.

Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalaya, New School, New York. March, 2013.

“Himalayan Connections: Disciplines, Geographies, Trajectories.” Yale University. March, 2013.

“Tibet is Burning, Self-Immolation: Ritual or Political Protest?”  Ecole Pratique des Haute Etudes / Centre de rescherche sur les civilisation de l’Asie orientale. Paris. May, 2012.

“Tibet, China and the Self-Immolation Crisis”, London School of Economics and Political Science, International Relations Department Public Lecture. May, 2012.

“Tibet is burning Self Immolation: Ritual or Political Protest?”  the Collège de France, in Paris. May, 2012.

“A Preliminary analysis of Tibetan memorandum presented at the Simla Conference 1914, based on Tibetan language source, Shing stag rgya gar 'phags pa'i yul du dbyin bod rgya  gsum chings mol mdzad lugs kun gsal me long,  (Clear Mirror of Tripartite Conference between Great Britain, Tibet and China.)”  University of California Los Angeles, Asia Institute.  May, 2012.

“Institutional Politics and the Politics of Change in the People’s Republic of China”, University of Virginia, East Asia Center, March, 2011.

Transformation, Integration, and Confrontation in Late Nineteenth- and Early 20th Century, Eastern Tibet (Kham).  Discussant. American Historical Association. January, 2011. 

Science, Spirituality and Education. Gangtok, Sikkim (India). December, 2010.

1913 Treaty between Mongolia and Tibet, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.  October, 2010.

Local Knowledge & Sustainable Development in the Himalayas, Trace Foundation, New York. May, 2010.

“China's Tibet Policy: Accommodation and Conflict”. Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan. October, 2009.

“State of Religious Freedom in China”. The Brookings Institute, Washington, DC. March, 2009.

“Tibet-China Relations: The Complexity of Secular and Sacred Histories. Asian Cultures in Secular And Sacred Relations: Past and Present”. The Asian Studies Development Program and the Evergreen  State College, Washington. January, 2009.

“Competing Nationalisms: Tibet, China and the West”. East Asia: Trans-Regional Histories, University of Chicago. November 2008.

“Competing Memories, Contests Over Oral Narrative and Testimony”. Oral Histories of Socialist Modernities: Memories and Lived Experiences in Central and Inner Asia, University of Cambridge, UK. December, 2008.

“Tibet in the Age of Globalization”. Himalayan Cultures Workshop, University of El Paso, Texas. April, 2008.

“Debating the Headlines: Tibet”. Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. April, 2008.

“Writing Tibet, Auto/biographies of Tibetan Women”. Centre for Women's and Gender Studies, University of British Columbia. March, 2008.

“Popular Music and Video Sharing: Re-signification of Tibetan Identity”. Popular Culture Flows in Northeast Asia, IAR.  February, 2008.

“India in the Imagination of Tibet”. South Asian Conference of the Pacific Northwest, University of British Columbia. February, 2008.

“The 13th Dalai Lama of Tibet”. Department of Philosophy, Oregon State University. April, 2007.
“China’s Modernization & Tibetan Traditions”. North West China Council, Portland, Oregon, April 2007

“The 13th Dalai Lama’s Nation Building Project and the Bonpo Community”. Buddhist Studies Workshop, Princeton University. February, 2007.

“The 13th Dalai Lama's Nation Building Project:  Tibet 1900-1933”. Evans-Wentz Lectureship, Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University. January, 2007.

“Contemporary Arts and Identity in Tibet”. Waves on the Turquoise Lake Symposium, University of Colorado Museum of Art. September, 2006.

“Ga rgya 'gram nag: bandit or primitive rebel? Paper presented at 12th Meeting of International Association of Tibetan Studies, University of Bonn, Germany. August, 2006.

“Tibet: Does History Matter?”  Public Lecture at University of California, Berkeley, organized by Center for Buddhist Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies and Center for Chinese Studies. May, 2006.

“Discussant, Writing the Self: Tibetan Technologies of Subjectivity and Power”. Annual AAS Meeting, San Francisco.  April, 2006.

“A Beggar’s Life Lived with Just a Pen: Gedun Choephel’s Life and Works”. Paper delivered at the Gedun Choephel Centennial Conference, Latse Library, New York. November, 2003.

“Is Tibetan Culture Congruent with Modernity? Tradition versus Modernity: The Debate in Tibet”. Paper delivered at conference on Modernism, History, Thought, and Visions of Social Interchange, University College, London. May, 2003.

“Pressures from the Periphery: Tharchin Babu and the Me long”. Paper presented at the Workshop on Tibet: Sources of Modernity, Columbia University, New York. April, 2003.

“A Survey of the Sino-Indian Relationship in the Post Cold War Phase”. Paper delivered at conference on the Cold War and its Legacy in Tibet: Great Power Politics and Regional Security, Centre for Cold War Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. April, 2002.

“Who are the Prisoners? Paper presented at symposium on Donald S, Lopez, Jr.’s book, Prisoners of Shangri la: Tibetan Buddhism and the West”. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Boston, MA. November, 1999.

“Lhasa Aristocrats and their Political Autobiographies, Questions of Testimony and Bias”. Paper delivered at conference on the History of Tibet: New Resources and Perspectives, St. Anthony College, Oxford. May, 1994.

“The Genesis of the Sino-Tibetan Agreement, 1951”. Paper delivered at the 6th International Association of Tibetan Studies, Fragernes.  August, 1992.

“Status of Tibetan Language on the Indian Sub-Continent. “Paper presented at the Cosma de Koros Memorial Conference, SOAS, University of London. 1986.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

A Beggar’s Life Lived with Just a Pen!: Gedun Choephel’s Life and Works. Paper delivered at the Gedun Choephel Centennial Conference, Latse Library, New York. November, 2003.

Is Tibetan Culture Congruent with Modernity? Tradition versus Modernity: The Debate in Tibet. Paper delivered at conference on Modernism, History, Thought, and Visions of Social Interchange, University College, London. May, 2003.

Pressures from the Periphery: Tharchin Babu and the Me long. Paper presented at the Workshop on Tibet: Sources of Modernity, Columbia University, New York. April, 2003.

A Survey of the Sino-Indian Relationship in the Post Cold War Phase. Paper delivered at conference on the Cold War and its Legacy in Tibet: Great Power Politics and Regional Security, Centre for Cold War Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.  April, 2002.

Who are the Prisoners? Paper presented at symposium on Donald S, Lopez, Jr.’s book, Prisoners of Shangri la: Tibetan Buddhism and the West at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Boston, MA. November, 1999.

Lhasa Aristocrats and their Political Autobiographies, Questions of Testimony and Bias. Paper delivered at conference on the History of Tibet: New Resources and Perspectives, St. Anthony College, Oxford. May, 1994.

The Genesis of the Sino-Tibetan Agreement, 1951. Paper delivered at the 6th International Association of Tibetan Studies, Fragernes. August, 1992.

Status of Tibetan Language on the Indian Sub-Continent. Paper presented at the Cosma de Koros Memorial Conference, SOAS, University of London. 1986.

 

 

  
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