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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Theme 2 - Ethnicity, religion, and local identities

Parallel to a context of interaction, exchange and negotiation across difference, local societies also strongly adhere to their territorial referent, often a simple valley, and are likely to manifest strong ethnocentric sentiments. Added to this is a highly fragmented distribution of dialects, which still remains to be fully explored. In addition, the crystallization of identities is an inescapable reality in the Chinese context, where ethnic diversity is supposed to be limited to the existence of officially recognized “nationality” (minzu) categories. Thus a major anthropological and historical challenge lies in successfully perceiving the variations and tensions along identity boundaries that are far from being consistently congruent with those established from the outside. This reality has certain historical depth, yet its characteristics and the stakes involved have to be understood in light of the contemporary context.

Ethnic categorization

In a recent article pulbished in a Special Issue of the journal Cahiers d’Extrême-Asie (2014), Stéphane Gros explores the history and complexities of ethnic categorization in the Sino-Tibetan (...)

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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 (...)

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