CFP: 3rd International Workshop of the Amdo Research Network, 'Amdo at the Crossroads', Oxford, April 2020

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Call for Papers for the 3rd International Workshop of the Amdo Research Network: ‘Amdo at the Crossroads’

St Hilda’s College, Oxford, 16th-18th April, 2020

Keynote speaker, Dr. Matthew King, University of California Riverside, ‘Amdo Through the Mongolian Looking Glass: Perspectives from Qing-Era Buddhist Biography and Historiography’

Dear Colleagues,  

The Amdo Research Network (ARN), in partnership with the University of Oxford, are delighted to issue the  Call  for  Proposals  for  the  Amdo  Research  Network  Workshop,  themed  ‘Amdo  at  the Crossroads’ to be held April 16-18th 2020 at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. 

The idea that Amdo is at the crossroads is something of a truism within the field. This conference seeks to move beyond the idea merely of Amdo as a meeting place to explore Amdo in movement: the networks, encounters,  connections,  disconnections,  fluidities  and blurred  boundaries  that make a place. In doing so, this conference seeks to go beyond the binaries and points of connection that seem obvious today, and to use the circulation of objects and people to ask different questions. For instance, how does Amdo look when viewed from neither Lhasa nor Beijing, but from Ulan Bataar? Or from Kham?  Where do  books  printed  in Xining  end  up?  How have changing  transportation  networks transformed spatial and temporal geographies? Amdo is a particularly interesting borderland to study: its borders  cross  the  provincial  lines  drawn  by  nation-states,  and  the  theoretical  emphasis  on movement provides a lens through which to explore diversities of space, place, time and people.

As is the tradition of ARN meetings, this workshop is designed to be deliberately interdisciplinary, and open to scholars inside and outside the academy. Scholars are invited to consider the following themes in their papers: pilgrimage, circulations, nomadism, cosmopolitanism, trade, mapping, disconnection, locality and trans-cultural interaction.

Scholars  interested  in participating  should  submit  250 word paper  abstracts  for consideration  to  The ARN committee is particularly interested in papers that  cross disciplinary  boundaries  and  in innovative  presentation  proposals.  Abstracts should be  written  in English, sent in Word document format, and include name, contact email and affiliation.  

Research Proposal Roundtable

The ARN will also host a roundtable intended for scholars working on new projects to present an outline of their proposal in a supportive environment. Each participant will be given a short amount of time to introduce their proposal before the floor is opened for discussion. The aim is to create a space for projects which are not yet developed enough for a full paper to be given. Scholars in the early stages of their PhDs are particularly encouraged to apply.

Submission Instructions

Paper  abstracts (250 words)  and  applications  for  the  research  proposal  roundtable  (250 words) should  be  submitted  to  by 7th December 2020. Notification of acceptances will be sent out by 20th December.


For enquiries about the conference and submission of abstracts, please contact

This conference is sponsored by the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Wolfson Tibetan and Himalayan Cluster.  

Best wishes, 

Hannah Theaker, Rachael Griffiths and Kunsang Thokmay

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