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Genealogies of Knowledge: Reading Gsan yig/Thob yig Literature

Friday, January 26, 2018
  10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location: College Building South 114
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Category: Lecture


Funded by a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Collaborative Reading-Workshop grant, this two-day workshop will host an interdisciplinary and international team of scholars to read together a widespread but neglected Tibetan autobiographical genre known as “records of teachings received” (Tib. gsan yg/thob yig). Select participants will direct readings of selections of gsan yig texts, explore associated visual culture, and together with the workshop participants, identify, translate, and interpret sections from each text where the author discusses their work as literature (i.e. reflections on style, rhetorical devices, and gsan yig as literary self-stylization). Participants will also discuss future collaborative digital humanities projects that could better map and share the mass data points described in these texts (person, places, transmission).

The workshop is free and open to the public but space is limited. To inquire about participating, contact event organizer, Matthew King (


Additional Information:

Open to: General Public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Center for Ideas & Society

Contact Information:
Center for Ideas
(951) 827-1556