Gulfs and Bridges: Inter-cultural Influences and Emergence of Modern Literature in Tibet

Date & Time

November 23, 2019


Palacký University, Křižkovského 12, Room 1.12., Olomouc, Czech Republic


The workshop “Gulfs and Bridges: Inter-cultural Influences and Emergence of Modern Literature in Tibet” is focusing on modern Tibetan literature approaching it from the stimuli it received from neighboring cultures and literatures. Within a larger framework of the “Sinophone borderlands” project, which scrutinizes the “interaction at the edges” of empires or cultures, we want to bring together scholars with interest in modern Tibetan literature and discuss topics related to intercultural and literary exchange as well as influences and traces of neighboring literatures in Tibetan literature. We want to explore the “bridges and intersections” that brought together various influences and sparked literary innovation in the contact zones where Tibetan and Chinese or Indian literatures met.

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9:30 – 10:00 Registration; tea and coffee

10:00 – 10:30 Opening remarks – welcome; short intro about the University & Sinophone (František Kratochvíl, Kamila Hladíková, Franz Xaver Erhard)

Morning Session:

10:30-11:00 Franz Xaver Erhard: Tibetan Kunstdichtung and Modern Tibetan Literature

11:00-11:30 Lama Jabb: Tibetan Identity Embedded in the Poetic Image

11:30-12:00 Lobsang Yongdan: Whose Modern Literature? A Critical Study of Modern Tibetan Poetry

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Afternoon Session 1:

13:30-14:00 Riika Virtanen: Some Observations on Dhondup Gyal’s Advice on Writing: Literary Views and Sources of Influence

14:00-14:30 Christopher Peacock: Döndrup Gyel and the Modern Chinese Literary Tradition

14:30-15:00 Françoise Robin: Tibetan Reception of Two Women Writers’ Novels

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break

Afternoon Session 2:

15:45-16:15 Michael Monhart: Linguistic Hospitality: Translating Contemporary Tibetan Literature into English

16:15 – 16:45 Shelly Bhoil: The Unhyphenated Postcoloniality of Tibetan English Literature in Exile

16:45-17:15 Kamila Hladíková: Life in the “New Tibet” and the Double-Edged Sword of Cotemporary Tibetan Sinophone Writing

17:15 – 17:45 final discussion / remarks

18:00-19:00 Olomouc tour

19:00 dinner