ECSAS 2020
29 July – 1 August 2020
Discussions between members of CIRDIS,
Kyoto University, Ryukoku University, and UNESCO
on the future co-operation possibilities.

Deborah Klimburg-Salter, Jürgen Schörflinger and Verena Widorn participated at the International Workshop "Towards the Comprehensive Image Database on Bamiyan Buddhist Sites" organized by Minoru Inaba from the Institute for Research in Humanities (Zinbun), Kyoto University.

The workshop was part of a long lasting affiliation between members of CIRDIS (and its predecessors) and Kyoto University's Institute for Research in Humanities.
Besides the ongoing cooperations ("Kabul Museum Project", FWF-Project "Cultural Formation and Transformation: Shahi Buddhist Art and Architecture from Afghanistan to the West Tibetan Frontier at the Dawn of the Islamic Era" both by Deborah Klimburg-Salter) the possibilities for a future in-depth collaboration on a digital archiving initiative and image database dedicated to the extensive research documentation from Japanese missions to Afghanistan in the 1970s was in the focus of the workshop and the following meetings.


  • Archaeological Missions of Kyoto University and Bamiyan (Minoru Inaba, Kyoto University)
  • Discovering the Past and Documenting for the Future: The Story of an International Collaboration (Deborah Klimburg-Salter)
  • Opportunities and Challenges on Economic Development through Mineral Extraction and Cultural Property Preservation in Mes Aynak, Afghanistan (Masanori Nagaoka, UNESCO)
  • CIRDIS and the Himalayan Archives Vienna: A Brief Historical and Technical Overview with Insights into Ongoing Development (Verena Widorn and Jürgen Schörflinger)

The submission for panel proposals for the 26th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS), coorganised by CIRDIS, the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (ISTB) and the Institute for Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences is now open. ECSAS2020 will taking place 29 July – 1 August 2020 at the University of Vienna Campus.

It is our pleasure to welcome Buddhilal Subba from Sikkim University as guest researcher at CIRDIS. He will be staying with us for the coming months and work in close cooperation with Mélanie Vandenhelsken. He will furthermore give an introductory course to the Limbu language at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies.