Friday, November 18, 2011

International Conference on Tibetan Language

The Third International Conference on Tibetan Language will be held at Columbia University in New York City from December 9–14, 2011. Building on the first two conferences held in India in 1987 and  in Italy in 1992, this conference will assess current challenges and opportunities for Tibetan language development, as well as its future prospects.

This conference, convened at the initiative of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, is jointly organized by Trace Foundation, Shang Shung Institute, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, and the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center.

In the 20 years since the last conference in Italy there have been many changes in the situation of Tibetan language. The role and future prospects for Tibetan language in today’s global society remain unclear, and there is an urgent need for reflection on the issues that must be addressed, and what steps might be taken.

The Third International Conference on Tibetan Language will provide a platform for scholars from around the world to assess these and other challenges, to forge partnerships, and develop strategies to secure the place of Tibetan language in the 21st century. Consisting of 11 panels, the conference will offer a unique holistic look at the current state of the language.


  1. Do you have a link to the conference? Would like to know what the presentations will be about. I particular, if there is anything on the current developments in teaching Tibetan. Thanks.

  2. Hi Craig

    The website is not up yet, but I think they plan to list the presentations there when it does go live. I think it will be