Divination in Tibet and Mongolia. Past and Present

Convenor: Prof. Dr. Donatelli Rossi (Sapienza University of Rome, IKGF Visiting Fellow)

December 2-3, 2014

The Workshop “Divination in Tibet and Mongolia. Past and Present” gathers internationally distinguished scholars who will present, according to their own specialized researches in the field of Tibetan and Mongolian studies, a specific topic on the numerous and diversified systems and instruments for discovering hidden circumstances pertaining to those two cultural realities. The Workshop is the first of its kind. Through presentations and round table discussions participants will endeavor to establish a blueprint for a transdisciplinary and transcultural discourse on the nature and history of divination in Tibet and Mongolia.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

10:00 a.m. Welcome addresses
Prof. Dr. Rainer Trinczek (Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
10:15 a.m. Introduction
Prof. Dr. Donatella Rossi (Sapienza University of Rome, IKGF Visiting Fellow)
10:30 a.m. How to Calculate the Future. The Mathematics of Divination in Tibet
Prof. em. Dr. Dieter Schuh (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms- Universität Bonn, Abteilung für Mongolistik und Tibetstudien; International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies GmbH)
11:15 a.m. A Case of Prophecy in Post-Imperial Tibet
Prof. em. Dr. Per Kværne (University of Oslo, Norway)
12:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. Mo-Divination in Healing Rituals in Bhutan
Dr. Mona Schrempf (EASTmedicine Research Centre, Complementary Medicine, School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster, London)
2:45 p.m. How to Determine the Right Place for Construction: Glimpses of sa dpyad
Prof. Dr. Petra Maurer (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften / LMU München)
3:30 p.m. Coffee Break
4:00 p.m. Prognosis, Prophylaxis, and Trumps: Comparative Remarks on Several Common Forms of Tibetan Cleromancy
Alexander Smith, M.A. (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

10:30 a.m. Signs and Portents in Nature and in Dreams: What They Mean and What Can be Done About Them
Prof. Dr. Charles Ramble (University of Oxford; École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)
11:15 a.m. Divinations Padampa Did or Did Not Do or Did or Did Not Write
Prof. Dr. Dan Martin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
12.00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. Some Notes on Tibetan Astrology in Mongolia: The Legacy of Lamyn Gegeen Blo Bzang bstan ’dzin rgyal mtshan (1639-1703)
Dr. Agata Bareja-Starzyńska (University of Warsaw)
2:45 p.m. Preliminary Considerations About the Role of Semantics in Divination
Prof. Dr. Donatella Rossi (Sapienza University of Rome, IKGF Visiting Fellow)
3:30 p.m. Coffee Break
04:00 p.m. Final Discussion


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International Consortium for Research in the Humanities

"Fate, Freedom and Prognostication. Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe."

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