Himalaya history and culture (Spring term) (HIS 42)

  • Day and time: Monday 16:15 - 17:15
  • Length of course: 1 term. Spring (10 Weeks)
  • Number of places: 30
  • Start date: 17 January 2022
  • Description:

    This course will cover a range of scientific, religious, political and sociological topics, from both an historical perspective and using the speaker’s experience exploring, climbing and trekking throughout the region for over four decades. There are nine lectures — 1) Tibetan Buddhism I: a Different Type of Reality; 2) Tibetan Buddhism II: Enter the Tibetologists 3) The Story of how the Himalaya formed I: Earthquakes and Early Explorers; 4) The Story of how the Himalaya formed II: the Plates Must Speak; 5)History of the China-Tibet Relationship: a Matter for Interpretation; 6) Trouble in the North-East: Sikkim, the Chumbi Valley, Bhutan and NEFA; 7) The Kashmir Story: a Greek Tragedy in the Making; 8)Social History of Nepal I: Peasants and Tyrants; 9) Social History of Nepal II: Maoist insurgency and a Growing Diaspora. 10) Wrap-up

    These topics are very much interlinked and will illustrate the sometimes harsh existence that the amazing variety of Himalaya peoples must contend with. The material can be followed in the speaker’s book: “Tales from the Himalaya”.

  • Format: Lecture and discussion

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