The research programme “Territories, Communities and Exchanges in the Sino-Tibetan Kham Borderlands (China)” has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration, European Research Council (ERC), Support for frontier research (SP2-Ideas), Starting grant n° 283870.

It is hosted by the Centre d'études Himalayennes, at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

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Gyalrong local history

Tenzin Jinba’s work investigate the complexities of Gyalrong region and its inhabitants place within Kham and the Tibetan realm more generally.

Tenzin Jinba joined the project as a research fellow in November 2014. During his visiting fellowhip, he pursued his main research direction by investigating the political history of Gyalrong – a region historically associated with Kham but inadequately explored in academiararely studied. BesidesIn addition, he is aimings to develop a comprehensive analytical model of the whole of the Kham and Sino-Tibetan borderlands in general by contributing to a critical scholarship of borders, ethnicity and margins across various disciplines.

In identifying the locals’ interactions among themselves and with the state, with the Han and “mainstream” Tibetans, he attaches particular importance to the convoluted landscape of state-society engagement by spotlighting divergent and conflicting interests of both societal and state actors. He completed a paper, "Ethnicity, Religion, and Memory in a Gyalrong Revolt in the Early Twentieth Century," to contribute to a special issue for the Kham Project, is an illustration of this perspective.