Leverhulme Lectures 2016 – Professor Mark Aldenderfer

February 18th, 2016 by

The Himalaya, Past, Present and Future

Professor Mark Aldenderfer of University of California, Merced is presenting the following lectures in April and May.  Professor Aldenderfer is a Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College and is Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit, Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge and presents this series of talks, ‘The Himalaya, Past, Present and Future’ as part of the Leverhulme Lecture series. A summary of the series is below. Link to poster here.

If you are interested in attending please follow the relevant eventbrite link below and register for a space.

Mountain People and Climate Change

5.30-7.30pm, 18 April 2016
The Old Library, Pembroke College

Although not as obvious, climate change has been as devastating to peoples living in and around the world’s high mountains as it has been for those on coasts and ocean islands. Aldenderfer, who has worked in the high mountains of the Andes and Himalayas for more than 30 years, describes the challenges faced by highlanders and lowlanders as they cope with the uncertainties of the future.


Himalayan Migrations: past and present

5.30-7.30pm, 25 April 2016
The Old Library, Pembroke College

High mountains are at once forbidding and welcoming — they appear impenetrable but yet are surprisingly permeable. Reflecting on genetics, paleoclimatology, and anthropology, archaeologist Mark Aldenderfer describes how people over the millennia have faced up to the challenges of moving through and around the High Himalayas.


All Compounded Things are Subject to Decay: an Archaeology of Tibetan Buddhism

4.00- 6.30pm, 2 May 2016
McDonald Institute Seminar Room

For most westerners, Buddhism is timeless, and Tibet remote and romantic. For the historical Buddha, his last words remind us of the impermanence of all things. For the archaeologist, however, the material expression of Buddhism on the Tibetan Plateau offers insights into the transformation and evolution of Buddhist thought as it encounters indigenous, pre-Buddhist conceptions of landscape and religion, borrowings of ritual from Central and East Asia, and the changing political fortunes of the emerging Tibetan empire.


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