Mme Diana LANGE présente ses travaux en soutenance en vue de l'obtention de l'Habilitation à diriger des recherches
- Maison de l'Asie, Grand Salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
- Jury : Mme HILDEGARD DIEMBERGER, Mme FABIENNE JAGOU, M. CHARLES RAMBLE, Mme FRANÇOISE ROBIN, Mme ULRIKE ROESLER
JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY. AN ATLAS OF THE HIMALAYAS BY A 19TH CENTURY TIBETAN LAMA.
Trained in Sinology, Central Asian Studies and Economics, I hold a Ph.D. in Central Asian Studies. My research is located in Area Studies, and my primary research areas are Tibet and its neighbouring regions. My specialisation is in history of knowledge and exploration, material and visual culture, social history and cultural interactions. For my HDR defence I will highlight some of the results from my PhD, my post-doc and my habilitation research. I am especially interested in “lost history”, and my previous scientific work has focused on unexplored or barely explored topics with difficult access to sources. I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Tibet and the Western Himalayas since 1999 on various research projects, such as on Muslims and Islam in Tibet (MA thesis), on fishery and hide boats (PhD), as well as on the history of water transport in Tibet (post-doc). These projects evolved from my primary interest in adaptation processes and their consequences on material culture, which I investigated from an economic anthropological perspective. I have addressed these topics in historical as well as contemporary contexts and published my results in several articles and in one monograph.
In my habilitation project (forthcoming monograph “Journey of Discovery. An Atlas of the Himalayas by an 19th Century Tibetan Lama”) I have concentrated on knowledge production and the representation of knowledge in visual culture. My research activity is based on a single collection: the British Library’s Wise Collection. The 55 ethnographic and cartographic images of this collection are the most comprehensive set of large-scale visual representations of mid-19th century Tibet. They were commissioned by a British official and drawn by a Tibetan lama. The main goals of this research project were: (1) using the Wise Collection as a case study, to examine the processes by which knowledge on Tibet was acquired, collected and represented, and (2) understanding the intentions and motivations behind these processes.