Dharamshala, the exile Tibetan headquarters, will host more than a dozen young Tibetan research scholars from all over India for a two-day conference from October 21-22. Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay will be delivering the keynote address at the conference titled, ‘Young Tibetan Research Scholars Conference‘ organised by the Tibet Policy Institute.
The young scholars, pursuing their doctoral studies from major universities in India, will be sharing their research findings on issues related to the broad theme, ‘Tibet and Tibetans: Prospects and Challenges‘.
Organisers believe that the urgent need of resolving the Tibet issue requires much needed human resources from inside Tibet and in exile with the Tibetan intelligentsia, including research scholars, shouldering the fundamental responsibility of identifying the prospects and challenges for the Tibet issue.
According to Tsering Yangkeyi, Deputy Director of TPI, the conference will serve as a prominent platform for young Tibetan research scholars to present their original findings and help form an interactive network among research scholars.
“We hope that such conferences will not only motivate and present compelling avenues for our young scholars to constructively engage with the Central Tibetan Administration but also inspire younger Tibetan students to pursue specialisation in their field of studies,” Ms Yangkey said.
In addition to the visiting scholars, research staff of TPI will also make presentations during the conference.
Dr. Tsering Choezom, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi will be delivering the conference valedictory address.
Research papers presented at the conference will look into the broad subjects of China’s internal problems, role of social media in the Tibetan struggle, Tibet and China’s environmental issues, legitimacy of China’s rule, Tibetan resistance movement, preserving Tibetan cultural and religious identity in the face of oppression and modernity, China’s economic policies and infrastructure development in Tibet, the issue of Tibet from Indian and western perspectives, and prospects for the Tibetan struggle and the exile community among others.
For a complete list of the paper presentations and abstracts, click here.