Colloquium in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies for Advanced Students

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Montag, 24.06.2024 11:00-12:30 Seminarraum 2 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-18


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Thesis writing is an intense, peculiar, and a most important process within academic study. This seminar intends to provide you with the tools and skills to succeed in your project and opens perspectives for your future career. The course serves 1) as a platform to present, discuss, and decisively advance M.A. and Ph.D. projects. Advanced students who are only planning a master thesis or a doctorate are most welcome. We will learn about effective thesis planning, the phases and issues of the thesis process, and the ups and downs one encounters during academic writing. 2) In this course, we will also focus on the “tools of trade” of researchers that are vital for your work when dealing with textual sources, from reading colophons and the Tibetan calendar, via search with digital tools and dictionaries, to problems of translation. In this way, students also advance their knowledge about relevant research tools in the field of Tibetology and Buddhist Studies. Details of the content are determined in consultation with the participants.


Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

• Active participation
• Short presentations in class about your thesis
• An annotated translation related to your research



Literature about thesis writing
Barzun, Jaques und Graff, Henry F.: The Modern Researcher: Fifth Edition. Boston, New York, London: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992. First ed., 1957.

Turabian, Kate. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Dunleavy, Patrick: Authoring a Ph.D.: How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or
dissertation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Tools for the researcher
(The teacher will provide further study materials in class)
Eimer, Helmut and David Germano (eds.). 2002. The Many Canons of Tibetan Buddhism. Leiden: Brill.

Schuh, Dieter. 1973. Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der tibetischen Kalenderrechnung. Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag. Verzeichnis der Orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland, Supplement Band 16.

Sørensen Per K. 1994. Tibetan Buddhist Historiography: The Mirror Illuminating the Royal Genealogies, An Annotated Translation of the XIVth Century Tibetan Chronicle: rGyal-rabs gsal-ba’i me-long. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag.

Selected methodologies
Hinnels, John R. (ed.). 2005. The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion. London, New York: Routledge Curzon.

Lopez, Donald S. 1999. Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Marwick, Arthur 2001. The New Nature of History: Knowledge, Evidence, Language, 22–37. Hampshire: Palgrave.

Osterhammel Jürgen. 2004. Die Vielfalt der Kulturen und die Methoden des Kulturvergleiches. In Handbuch der Kulturwissenschaften. Bd. 2: Paradigmen und Disziplinen, ed. Friedrich Jaeger and Jürgen Straub, 50–65. Stuttgart und Weimar.

Schmitz, Thomas A. 2002. Moderne Literaturtheorie und antike Texte: Eine Einführung. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 55–75. (Also available in English)



Your thesis, including translated materials, and the relevant literature about writing and tools of research


Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

• A minimum of 50% of all points must be achieved
• Active participation (50%), presentation (20%), essay (30%)