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The TTBBC project organised the workshop "Printing as an Agent of Change in Tibet and Beyond" with the collaboration of the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit (MIASU).

The TTBBC project organised the workshop "Printing as an Agent of Change in Tibet and Beyond" with the collaboration of the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit (MIASU). The workshop was held from 28–30 November 2013 in Cambridge, Nihon Room, Pembroke College, Trumpington Street Cambridge CB2 1RF.

The full programme can be downloaded at this link.


Printing as an Agent of Change in Tibet and Beyond

Thursday, 28th November 2013 09.30 – 18:00

9.30 Welcome speeches: U. Bulag (P.I. of the AHRC Project “Transforming Technologies and Buddhist Book Culture”), H. Diemberger, F.K. Ehrhard, P. Kornicki (Conveners)

Tibetan Printing – New Discoveries and Directions of Research

Chairperson: Dr Hildegard Diemberger
9.45–10.15 Kurtis Schaeffer (Virginia University)The Cult of the Book in Tibet
10.15–10.45 Sherab Sangpo (Tibet University, Lhasa and dPal brtsegs Research Institute) Observations on Recent Discoveries: From Hor spar ma to Early Prints produced in Tibet
10.45–11.15 Coffee Break
11.15–11.45 Tsering Dawa Sharshon (MIASU, University of Cambridge and Minzu University, Beijing) Printing and Patronage in Fifteenth Century Tibet: The Strategies of Bo dong Phyogs las rnam rgyal as Cultural Innovator
11.45–12.15 Franz-Karl Ehrhard (Lüdwig-Maximilians University, Munich) Collected Writings as Xylographs: Two Sets from the Bo-dong-pa School
12.45–13.15 Stefan Larsson (Stockholm University) Four Early Prints in Honor of the Mad Yogin of Gtsang
12.15–12.45 Marta Sernesi (Lüdwig-Maximilians University, Munich) A Tibetan Maestro: Works and Networks of mkhas pa Dri med
13.15–14.15 Lunch at Pembroke College
Chairperson: Prof. Franz-Karl Ehrhard
14.15–14.45 Porong Dawa (dPal brtsegs Institute) and Hildegard Diemberger (Pembroke College, MIASU, University of Cambridge) New Discoveries in Early Tibetan Printing History
14.45–15.15 Michela Clemente (MIASU, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge) The Unacknowledged Revolution? A Picture of Tibetan Printing History from Gung thang Colophons
15.15–15.45 Benjamin Nourse (Virginia University) Revolutions of the Dharma Wheel: Continuity and Change in Eighteenth-Century Tibetan Printing
15.45–15.15 Helmut Eimer (University of Bonn) Observations Made in the Studying of Tibetan Xylographs
16.15–16.45 Tea Break
16.45–17.15 Karma Phuntsho (Virginia University) – Dorji Gyaltsen (National Library of Bhutan) Early Printing in Bhutan: Padma gling pa and his Tradition
17.15–18.00 Discussion

Friday, 29th November 2013 09:30 – 18.30

The Materiality of Tibetan Texts

Chairperson: Dr Jason Scott-Warren (Centre for Material Texts, Cambridge)
9.30–10.00 Paola Ricciardi (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) and Anuradha Pallipurath (Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge) The Five Colours of Art: Non-invasive Analysis of Pigments in Tibetan Prints and Manuscripts
10.00–10.30 Alessandro Boesi (University of Milan) Paper Plants in the Tibetan world: Features, Distribution, and Use
10.30–11.00 Agnieszka Helman-Ważny (Arizona University) Typology of Paper in Early Tibetan Prints
11.00–11.15 Coffee Break
11.15-11.45 Tomasz Ważny (Arizona University) Wooden Book Covers, Printing Blocks, and their Identification and Dating: how to read the wood
11.45–12.15 Burkhard Quessel (British Library) Demonstration of a New Research Tool: the Database of the Project “Transforming Technologies and Buddhist Book Culture”
12.15–13.00 Discussion: New Directions of Research
13.00–14.00 Lunch at Pembroke College

Asian Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Chairperson: Prof. Peter Kornicki
14.00–14.30 Peter Burke (Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge) Three Print Revolutions
14.30–15.00 Johan Elverskog (South Methodist University, Dallas) The Gutenberg Fallacy and the History of Printing among the Mongols
15.00–15.30 Hildegard Diemberger (Pembroke College, MIASU, University of Cambridge) Buddhist Women as Patrons of Tibetan Printing
15.30-16.00 Peter Kornicki (FAMES, University of Cambridge, Robinson College) Empress Shotoku and Printing in 8th-Century Japan
16.00–16.30 Coffee Break
16.30–17.00 Leonard Van der Kuijp (Harvard University) From Chongzhen lishu (崇楨曆書) to Tngri-yin udq-a to rGya rtsis chen mo
17.00–17.30 Camillo Formigatti (FAMES, University of Cambridge, Wolfson College) A Forgotten Chapter in South Asian Book History: A Bird’s Eye View on Sanskrit Printed
17.30–18.00 Discussion
18.30–19.00 Drinks (Pembroke College)
19.00 Dinner (The Old Library, Pembroke College)

Saturday, 30th November 2013 09:15 – 14.00

Asian Cross Cultural Perspectives

Chairperson: Prof. Leonard Van der Kuijp
9.15–09.45 Imre Galamboś (FAMES, University of Cambridge) Manuscripts alongside Printed texts in the Tangut State
09.45–10.15 Sam Van Schaik (British Library) Tibetan Woodblock Prints from the Turfan Oasis
10.15–10.45 Tim Barrett (SOAS) Pattern Reproduction Possibilities And The Alpha and Omega of Tibetan Printing
10.45-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00–13.00 Round table discussion
12.30–13.15 Conclusion
13.00–14.00 Lunch at Pembroke College

The World of Tibetan Books

E. Gene Smith and Zenkar Rinpoche

Zenkar Rinpoche and E. Gene Smith at the Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge.

Tibetan book culture has an history dating back to the 8th century. Closely linked with the spread of Buddhism in Tibet and Central Asia, it tells a tale of traveling people, ideas and technologies. An incredible number of Tibetan manuscripts and xylographs (i.e. woodblock prints) are extant. They represent a fundamental part of Tibetan cultural heritage. The study of the introduction of woodblock printing in Tibet is the focus of the Transforming Tibetan and Buddhist Book Culture project.