Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit, Insitut für Indologie und Tibetologie
|Institution Type:||College / University|
A PhD studentship in Tibetology is now available for a period of three years at the Institute of Indology and Tibetology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München, one of the leading research universities in Europe, with a more than 500-year-long tradition. The research project “Kingship and Religion in Tibet,” sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), proposes to appoint a doctoral researcher/PhD student. The successful applicant will be part of a team including the director of the project, two postdoctoral researchers, two PhD students, and visiting researchers from the Tibetan cultural area.
Applicants should hold an M.A. or equivalent degree in Tibetan Studies or a related field, and should have expertise in Tibetan language and another primary research language, e.g., Sanskrit, Chinese, Khotanese. Their research should focus on or be related to early Tibetan history, ritual, culture, and language. The working language of the research group is English.
The successful candidate should be prepared to undertake and complete, in the space of three years, a thesis relevant to kingship and religion in early Tibet. He or she shall reside in Munich for the duration of the three-year appointment, and shall contribute to the life of the institute and the profile of the research project. This will involve research visits to manuscript collections in Paris and London, conference attendance, and visits to partner institutions in Asia. This may also entail the organization of colloquia and small conferences, and other small tasks such as website maintenance. The successful applicant may also be asked to do a small amount of teaching on a topic related to his or her own research.
The successful applicant will receive an attractive salary equivalent to a part-time post (50%) in accordance with Grade 13 of the German “Tarifvertrag der Länder Grade 13” (TV/L- 13) scale. In addition to the salary, the successful applicant shall also be supported by the project‘s budget for research expenses, which will cover research visits to key archives, conference attendance, and research visits to Asia.
Applications should include a CV, short (less than 30-page) sample of written work, two letters of recommendation, and a two-page outline of a proposed thesis topic. The latter should also explain how your proposed PhD research would tie in with the work of the research group. All materials should be in English, and applicants should send three copies, to arrive by 30 January 2012.
Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 15 February 2012, and the successful applicant should begin work by October 2012.
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Applications from suitably qualified candidates with disabilities will receive favorable consideration.
“Kingship and Religion in Tibet” is a five-year research project that will employ kingship as a heuristic device to chart the relationship between spiritual and temporal power in Tibet from from its earliest elaborations during the period of the Tibetan Empire (c.600–850 CE). Drawing on historical and philological methodologies, the research group will make a thorough examination of Old Tibetan sources to describe in detail the features of the Tibetan kingship. Situating this in a wider geographical and historical context, the analysis shall investigate the Tibetan kingship in light of traditions of sacred kingship in India, Southeast Asia, Central Eurasia, and China, while also taking into account comparative anthropological theories of kingship. By placing the focus on royal religion and the cult of kingship – a complex of beliefs and rituals that might include both Buddhist and non-Buddhist practices, and priests from several traditions – the analysis shall move beyond a Buddhist versus non-Buddhist dichotomy that has tended to crystallize Buddhism and “not Buddhism,” as two discrete categories. In addition, the project shall analyze the Buddhist transformation of Tibetan kingship in the post-imperial period, along with the competing depictions of the early kings in both Buddhist and Bon histories. Situating these problems within their wider intellectual context, the research will contribute to relevant debates in the fields of religious studies and anthropology.
Kingship and Religion in Tibet Search Committee
c/o Dr. Brandon Dotson
Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie
Geschwister Scholl Platz
|Primary Category:||Asian History / Studies
|Secondary Categories:||Religious Studies and Theology