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The Tenth Karmapa and Tibets Turbulent 17th Century Conference

Day Three

Sunday, November 11, 2012
10:00 AM–6:00 PM

The International conference “The Tenth Karmapa and Tibet’s Turbulent 17th century” will explore different aspects of Choying Dorje’s life, art, and the tumultuous times in which he lived. Some of the world’s most accomplished academics in the field will be taking part in the conference Friday 9 – Sunday 11 November 2012. These include Director of the Amnye Machen Institute Tashi Tsering, researcher in Tibetan Studies and former Director of Research in history and anthropology at the National Center of Scientific Research, Paris, Samten Karmay,Vice-President of the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences Yang Fuquan, Associate Professor of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University Elliot Sperling, Adjunct Researcher at Monash Asia Institute David Templeman, Professor and head of Tibetan Studies at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris Heather Stoddard, lecturer in Tibetan language and poetry at Indiana University Gedun Rabsal, Assistant Professor of Theology at Georgetown University Benjamin Bogin, Researcher at the Palace Museum in Beijing Luo Wenhua, and Rubin Museum of Art curators Karl Debreczeny, Christian Luczanits and David Jackson.


Sunday, November 11

Institutional Landscapes and Intellectual Codifications in Tibet’s Long Seventeenth Century
A Workshop co-organized with Columbia University
10:30 a.m. | Panel 1
David Templeman (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia) – “The Gtsang Sde srid and their Strategies of Legitimation”
Tashi Tsering (Amnye Machen Institute, Dharamsala, India) – “Setting up the Rules of Power: The Conceptual Background of Dga’Idan Pho brang’s Foundations”
Elliot Sperling (Indiana University, IN) – “The Mongol Presence in Tibet during Tibet’s 2nd Mongol Century”
Respondent: Benjamin Bogin (Georgetown University, Washington D.C.)

12:00 p.m. | Lunch [Lunch will be available for purchase at the cafe and aselect lunch menu will be provided to conference attendees.]

1:30 p.m. | Panel 2
Amy Heller (SOAS, France) – “Converting Hagiography to History: A Series of ‘Brug pa bk’ brgyud pa thangka Lingking Tibet and Bhutan”
Andrew Quintman (Yale University, CT) & Kurtis Schaeffer (University of Virginia, VA) – “The Life of Shakyamuni at Jonang: Preliminary Observations of Literature, Art and Instution”
Respondent: Elena Pakhoutova (Rubin Museum of Art)

3:00 p.m. | Break
3:15 p.m. | Panel 3
Gray Tuttle (Columbia University, NY) – “Increased Reincarnate Lineage Foundations in the 17th Century in Their Historical Context”
Stacey Van Vleet (Columbia University, NY) – “A Preliminary Outline of the Spread and Development of Sman pa Grwa Tshang during Tibet’s long 17th Century”
Lan Wu (Columbia University, NY) – “Amdo Reincarnation Lineages as Institutions”
Respondent: Heather Stoddard (INALCO, France)

For more details on the Sunday workshop co-organized by Columbia University, visit

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The conference is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

To mark the publication of the Rubin Museum of Art’s catalogue The Black Hat Eccentric: Artistic Visions of the Tenth Karmapa, the international conference The Tenth Karmapa and Tibet’s Turbulent 17th Century takes place Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11, 2012.