Object Lessons from Tibet & the Himalayas is a new research community that brings together academics, museums, and Tibetan scholars, groups and cultural organisations to think about the roles of objects and images in knowledge production, loss and recovery.
We want to ask new questions of Tibetan and Himalayan objects now in museum collections. Rather than focusing on the object’s religious significance we want to think about the ways objects enable us to understand historical, political and contemporary events and encounters.
Some of our big research questions are likely to be:
What did Tibetan and Himalayan objects do during moments of historical and political significance?
What types of object-based knowledge have been lost, and what has replaced it?
How can we recover lost knowledge, and what does this process of recovery mean for museums, academics, and Tibetans?
Can we imagine a different kind of ‘Tibet’ for the museum?
This research community is led by Dr Emma Martin (University of Manchester) in collaboration with Dr Diana Lange (Humboldt University, Berlin), and Dr Trine Brox and Dr Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen (University of Copenhagen).