Freitag, 15. November 2019, 09:00 - 18:00 iCal

Exploring Himalayan Textual Heritage

Symposium in memoriam René Nebesky-Wojkowitz (1923–1959) and his text collections at the Weltmuseum Wien


Weltmuseum Wien
Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien


Weitere Termine

Donnerstag, 14. November 2019, 09:00 - 20:00

This two-day symposium is organised in memory of the Czech-Austrian ethnographer and Tibetologist René Nebesky-Wojkowitz, honouring the 60th anniversary of his untimely and unexpected death, by focusing on different aspects of his long forgotten text collection housed at the ethnographic museum in Vienna, the Weltmuseum Wien.


In 1949 René Nebesky-Wojkowitz received his doctoral degree in Tibetan and Mongolian languages at the Oriental Institute at the University of Vienna and became qualified as professor in 1956 at the Department of Ethnology with his seminal book 'Oracles and Demons of Tibet', a milestone in the study of Tibetan religion and iconography.


Three research trips to West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal in the years between 1950 and 1959 served as the basis of more than 20 publications that he produced in his short but intense academic life. During his ethnographic and philological studies René Nebesky-Wojkowitz acquired a comprehensive collection of manuscripts and block prints. The corpus of his collection comes from different cultural contexts and is of great value for the study of Buddhist iconography, Tibetan medicine and ritual, the grammatical tradition and other topics.

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CIRDIS (Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History); Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde; Institut für Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens, ÖAW; Weltmuseum Wien

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Verena Widorn
Western Himalaya Archive Vienna
01 4277 41447