Dear visitors,

please note that our National Research Network "The Cultural History of the Western Himalaya from the 8th Century (S98)" - generously sponsored by the Austrian Science Fund - has ended on June 30th 2013. For that reason this website will no longer be updated on a regular basis.

For information on our ongoing research, events and activities please refer to the website of our Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History (CIRDIS).

Art History (S 9802)

  • ASI (Archaeological Survey of India): field research and permission for photography
  • Kabul Museum, SPACH and UNESCO
  • IsIAO and MNAOr: Tucci Collection, Tucci Photographic Archive
  • Tibetan Academy of Social Sciences, Lhasa: joint scientific field research in Western Tibet
  • University of Oxford: Pitt Rivers Museum (Tibet Visual History online): cooperation on digital archiving (data base); Faculty of Oriental Studies (indigenous cultures of Tibet)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Prof. Michael Meister) - Department of the History of Art, South Asian Studies (South Asia Art Archive): Joint research on the Hindu art and architecture in Northwestern India and the Himalayan region

Tibetan Manuscripts (S 9803)

  • Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association / Phuktar Gonpa’s Cultural and Welfare Society, Delhi / Pukthar:
  • Indira Gandhi National Centre of the Arts, New Delhi
  • National Mission for Manuscripts (Govt. of India), New Delhi: exchange of information; assistance with accessing MSS collections
  • Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala: exchange of information; evaluation of individual texts
  • Rinchen Zangpo Cultural and Literary Society, Keylong: exchange of information; assistance with fieldwork in Lahul and Ladakh/Zanskar
  • Tibetan Academy of Social Sciences, Lhasa: fieldwork in TAR


Tibetan Inscriptions (S 9804)

  • ASI (Archaeological Survey of India): permission for documentation in temples that are under the jurisdiction of the ASI
  • TASS (Tibetan Academy of Social Sciences), Lhasa
  • China Tibetology Research Center (CTRC), Beijing


Pre-Islamic Numismatic History (S 9806)

  • Università degli Studi di Roma „La Sapienza“: Prof. Carlo Cereti
  • Freie Universität, Berlin - Institut für Indische Philologie und Kunstgeschichte: Prof. Harry Falk
  • University of Peshawar - Department of Archaeology: Dr. Nasim Khan
  • School of Oriental and African Studies, London: Prof. Nicholas Sims-Williams
  • University of Vienna - Department of Numismatics and Monetary History: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Szaivert

Cultural History Information System (S 9808)

  • RMIT University, Melbourne - School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences: Prof. William Cartwright