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)

For further information and any questions, please contact the Principal Investigator, Stéphane Gros

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Fieldwork and data collection are at the core of the current project and are essential for its completion and success. The use of a multiple-method approach is a primary strength of this project. It allows for the effective combination of multiple sources of documentation with rare emphasis on original first-hand material.
Each will fully contribute to this crucial task by working on archival material, oral memories and traditions, and/or using individual observation methods, according to the relevant methods used in the fields of history and anthropology, and according to each participant’s research focus and needs.
The multidisciplinary team undertakes ethnographic field studies including structured, conversational interviews and oral histories, and documentary research including archival research.

Existing Chinese and Tibetan language documentation relevant to the project will be processed systematically over all four years of the project in order to ensure that a documentary reserve for researchers is set up within the library collection of the Centre for Himalayan Studies (at the André-Georges Haudricourt Centre, CNRS, Villejuif), already the most important Himalayan documentation centre in Europe. This documentary resource will be completed by the elaboration of thematic bibliographies which will be regularly updated.

The individual researchers in this project contribute specific expertise. This ranges from history, anthropology and ethno-history, art history to linguistics and economics. The team embodies years of training in ethnography and language skills, extensive knowledge of the Chinese cultural and political context and a long experience of fieldwork. Through their respective research over the years, each team member has already contributed to renewing international scholarship on the Sino-Tibetan margins. As well-trained historians, anthropologists or linguists, their approaches and methods are highly complementary given the historical and geographical scale of this research programme.

The researchers involved in this project share a common vision and understanding of Kham as an exemplary object for the study of historical and contemporary dynamics in order to acquire a better understanding of the junction between Tibetan and Chinese civilizations, the exchanges, dialogues, and conflicts that have contributed to shaping local identities up to the present day.

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