Beyond the Heterotrophic in the Sino-Tibetan Language Relationship: Tibeto-Altaic Grammatical Drift Theory and Other Advances in Tibetan Linguistics


Yeshe Vodgsal Atshogs
Professor of Linguistics, Nankai University

Thursday, February 9, 2017


Sigur Center 5F Seminar Room

Elliott School of International Affairs

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The Road to Songtsam: A Social Philosophy of Entrepreneurship in Tibet


Tibetan entrepreneur Pema Dorje at George Washington University

On January 26, 2017, the GW Tibet Governance Project hosted leading Tibetan entrepreneur, Pema Dorje (Baima Duojie), for his first public lecture outside the P.R.C.

In his talk, “The Road to Songtsam:  A Social Philosophy of Entrepreneurship in Tibet,” Pema Dorje gave an account of the unconventional life path that took him from film production at CCTV in Beijing to founding Songtsam — his award-winning string of boutique Tibetan hotels inspired by the culture and civilization of Tibet.

Songtsam hotels have been recognized globally for setting a new standard for craftsmanship and quality for boutique hotels across the People’s Republic of China. Read the rest of this entry »

Film Screening + Lecture by Conservationist Tashi Sangpo


Beyond Borders for the Blind: Context in Tibet Today


The Politics and Development of Tibet through the Lens of Popular Music

Dr. Anna Morcom

Professor of Ethnomusicology, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


RHUL, Event, staff awardsAnna Morcom’s work focuses on Indian and Tibetan music and dance from a variety of perspectives including politics, nationalism, modern history, media, gender, and economy and development. She has written three books: Unity and discord: Music and politics in contemporary Tibet (2004, Tibet Information Network); Hindi film songs and the cinema (2007, Ashgate); and Illicit worlds of Indian dance: Cultures of exclusion (2013, C. Hurst and Co; OUP New York); Illicit worlds of Indian dance was awarded the Alan Merriam prize of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) and the Marcia Herndon prize of the Gender and Sexualities section of SEM. Her current research is focused on the economic anthropology and history of music, and her interests on music in Tibet and exile Tibet, Indian film music, and the sociology of Indian performing arts continue. She is Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Music Department at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Dr. Thupten Jinpa delivers 2016 Ziffren University Lecture at the Elliott School of International Affairs


Tibet Territoriality Seminar: Buddhist Secularities and Sino-Indian Geopolitics


Dr. Dan Smyer Yu (center) of Yunnan Minzu University responds to Dr. Tashi Rabgey (L), director of Tibet Governance Project at the Elliott School of International Affairs during Tibet Territoriality Seminar

Tibet Territoriality Seminar

With Dr. Dan Smyer Yu, Director of the Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies, Yunnan Minzu University

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Professor Dan Smyer Yu, director of the Trans-Himalayan Studies at Yunnan Minzu University, returned to the Elliott School of International Affairs to give a workshop on his current book chapter, titled, “Trans-Himalayan Buddhist Secularities: Sino-Indian Geopolitics of Territoriality in Indo-Tibetan Interface.”  The Tibet Territoriality Seminar is an occasional series convened by the Tibet Governance Project of the Elliott School of International Affairs, exploring topical issues relating to the theme of territorial politics.