Yale Himalaya Initiative

environment | livelihood | culture

Courses with Himalayan Content

Spring 2014

ANTH 313: Cultural Aspects of International Development

Critical analysis of development ideas and projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, with a focus on ethnographic research. Development and cultural diversity; social and economic development politics and practices; institutions that design, fund, and implement development, such as multilateral agencies, governments, and civil society organizations.

Professor: Sara Shneiderman
Spring 2014

RLST 013 | SAST 056 | EAST 013: Who is The Dalai Lama?

The institution of the Dalai Lama and the individuals who have filled that role from fifteenth-century Tibet to twenty-first-century exile in India. Survey of the most important Dalai Lamas; regional histories of Buddhism; the Tibetan tradition of recognized reincarnations and the Buddhist philosophical principles that support it; activities of the current Dalai Lama as interpreted by Chinese government media, Indian exile communities, and the modern West.

Enrollment limited to freshmen. Preregistration required; see under Freshman Seminar Program.

Professor: Andrew Quintman
Spring 2014

The institution of the Dalai Lama and the individuals who have filled that role from fifteenth-century Tibet to twenty-first-century exile in India. Survey of the most important Dalai Lamas; regional histories of Buddhism; the Tibetan tradition of recognized reincarnations and the Buddhist philosophical principles that support it; activities of the current Dalai Lama as interpreted by Chinese government media, Indian exile communities, and the modern West.

Enrollment limited to freshmen. Preregistration required; see under Freshman Seminar Program.

Spring 2014

RLST 583|383 | SAST 567|467: Biography in Asian Religions

The significance of life writing in the religious traditions of Asia. Readings both from primary texts in translation and from theoretical works on biography and autobiography.

Spring 2014

SAST 369|569 | ANTH 353|553: Himalayan Languages and Cultures

In this seminar, we explore the Himalayan belt as a unique case study in the human condition and the distinctive adaptive strategies of smaller communities. Straddling the Indosphere and the Sinosphere, the Himalayan region is of profound geopolitical importance and home to enormous biological, cultural and linguistic diversity. Through reading relevant ethnographies, and by our careful study of the lives and livelihoods of some of the communities settled in and across Himalayan mountain states, we will ask probing questions about territory, identity, belonging and ideology.

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Spring 2014
Fall 2013

ANTH 317 | HSAR 479 | SAST 363 | EAST 363: Himalayan Collections at Yale

A hands-on, collaborative class that uses technology to explore the links between Yale’s exceptional collections from and about the Himalayan region. Working with online tools and new digital media, we will uncover the material histories and contexts of art objects, photographs and personal archives, and help to enrich the collections through collective cataloguing. Readings and resources are drawn from Yale’s many libraries and museums, and cover Nepal, Tibet and northern India.

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Fall 2013

RLST 105 | SAST 175: Religious Movements in Modern India

Sacred texts and religious practices of India as they have been disseminated, reinterpreted, and enlisted in various political and cultural projects during the colonial and postindependence periods. Focus on Hindu traditions, with some attention to Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam.  Readings include theological writings, doctrinal tracts, novels, anthropological and sociological analyses, poetry, autobiography, and historical overviews.

Fall 2013

RLST 125 | SAST 267: Introduction to Buddhist Thought and Practice

Significant aspects of Buddhism as practiced mainly in India and South Asia, including philosophy and ethics, monastic and ascetic life, meditation and ritual practices, and the material culture of Buddhist societies. The Mahayana tradition that emerged in the first century B.C.E.; later forms of esoteric Buddhism known as tantra; the development of modern Buddhism in Asia and its manifestation in the West. Readings from Buddhist texts in translation.

Fall 2013

RLST 187 | HSAR 142 | SAST 265: Introduction to the History of Art: The Classical Buddhist World

Buddhist art and architecture of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and central Asia from earliest beginnings to the tenth century, and including Greco-Roman, Persian, and Islamic contact.

Fall 2013
Spring 2013, Fall 2013

HSAR 143 | RLST 188: Introduction to the History of Art: Buddhist Art and Architecture, 900 to 1600

Instructor Name: 

 Mimi Yiengpruksawan

Term: 

 Spring 2013

Introduction to the History of Art: Buddhist Art and Architecture, 900 to 1600

HSAR 143 01 (21557) / Religious Studies (RLST) 188  

Spring Semester 2013

Buddhist art and architecture of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Tibet from the tenth century to the early modern period. Emphasis on cross-regional engagements including the impact of Islam.

Spring 2013, Fall 2013

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