"Palmyra-Gespräche in Wien"
The Austrian newspaper "Kurier" featured a story entitled "Buddhas in Afghanistan: Aufbauen oder nicht?" in reference to the 6. ICOM Palmyra-Talks that took place on April 4th and that have been co-organized by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the "European Year of Cultural Heritage" and CIRDIS.

Ö1 Kulturjournal

"Palmyra-Gespräche in Wien"
The "Ö1 Kulturjournal" featured a short report on the 6. ICOM Palmyra-Talks that took place on April 4th and that have been co-organized by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the "European Year of Cultural Heritage" and CIRDIS.

With great pleasure we can announce the successful application of Deborah Klimburg-Salter for an FWF standalone-project entitled "Cultural Formation and Transformation: Shahi Buddhist Art and Architecture from Afghanistan to the West Tibetan Frontier at the Dawn of the Islamic Era" (FWF P-31246) based here at our center and carried out in cooperation with Michael Alram (Coin Collection of the KHM, Vienna; Austrian Academy of Sciences). We would like to extending our congratulations and are much looking forward to the exciting addition to CIRDIS.

Ö1 City Science Talk

"Rituale – Spielregeln des Lebens"
An "Ö1 City Science Talk im Ringturm" about the ritual of land diving (Gol) as performed on the Pentecost Island (part of the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu).
Discussion with CIRDIS' Martin Gaenszle, Elke Mader (KSA, University of Vienna) and Hannah Monyer (Medical Faculty and German Cancer Reserch Center Heidelberg).

Monday 19 March 2018, 6pm; Ringturm, Schottenring 30, 20th floor, 1010 Vienna

A summary of the discussion was aired on Ö1 at 9pm on Wednesday 4 April.

Program [PDF]

Opening: "Introduction to the National Museum of Afghanistan Today" by Fahim Rahimi (Director of the National Museum of Afghanistan, Kabul)
Keynote: "Protection of the Cultural Landscapes at the Bamiyan World Heritage site in Afghanistan" by Dr. Masanori Nagaoka (Chief of Culture Unit, UNESCO Kabul Office):

The 6. ICOM Palmyra Talks ar co-organized by CIRDIS, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Kabul Museum Project

Wednesday 04 April 2018, 6pm; Austrian Academy of Sciences (historical festive hall)

Program [PDF]

Lecture: "The View from the Palace: The Sikkim Royal Archives by Alex McKay

Thursday 05 May 2018, 5pm; Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (seminar room 1)

The exhibition "Discovering the Western Himalayas", organized by CIRDIS and opened in the course of our very successful event 'Discovering Tibet', has meanwhile been transformed into an online exhibition and is >available here< from now on.