Panel 7: Buddhism, culture and society in Bhutan


WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE (Auditorium Q)

Convener: Seji Kumagai


9.00-9.15: Opening of panel.

9.15-9.45: Seiji Kumagai: A study through biographies and chronicles on Tsangpa Gyare (1161-1211), the founder of the Drukpa Kagyu School.

9.45-10.15: Felicity Shaw:  The National Library and Archives of Bhutan: from literary repository to guardian of collective memory.

10.15-10.45: Brian Shaw: Becoming a modern Bhutanese: the continuing development of civil society and social media in a time of change 1972-2015.

10.45-11.15: Tea and coffee break.

11.15-11.45: Johanna Prien: Ritual paraphernalia used by pawo and neyjorma spirit mediums in rural Western Bhutan.

11.45-12.15: Per Sørensen and Hou Haoran: Transnational kinship network: history of the ruling rGya family at the Ra-lung seat between the 15th and 16th centuries.

12.15-12.45: Dagmar Schwerk: Tracing the life and intellectual agenda of a 20th century Bhutanese scholar and yogin, the Sixty-Ninth rJe mKhan-po dGe-’dun-rin-chen (1926–1997).

12.45-13.45: LUNCH

13.45-14.15: Lungtaen Gyatso: Holistic education: redefining the purpose of education in the Royal University of Bhutan.

14.15-14.45: Tashi Tshering: The Tashigomang: portable shrines of Bhutan.

14.45-15.15: Françoise Pommaret: The Bumthang web: migrations, alliances, economy and religion.

15.15-15.45: Tea and Coffee break.

15.45-16.15: Akiko Ueda: Symbolic, monetary and nutritional values of rice: “food security” re-examined in Bhutan’s rural context.

16.15-16.45: Akinori Yasuda: Some remarks on the lTa ba klong yangs discovered by Dorje Lingpa.