Seminar Programme

Object Lessons from Tibet & the Himalayas

Seminar Programme
9th June 2017, Room 115, Samuel Alexander Blg, University of Manchester

From 9.00am
Coffee and Tea

Welcome and Introduction
Emma Martin – Diana Lange – Trine Brox & Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen

Keynote: Prof. Clare Harris
Art, Politics and Representation: Some reflections on twenty years of taking lessons from Tibetan objects

Panel One 10.15am – 11.15am

Knowledge Production Pt.1

Learning to Travel, Travelling to Learn: Percy Powell-Cotton in the Himalayas
Dr. Inbal Livne, Powell Cotton Museum, Kent

Tibetan Material Culture from the Younghusband Invasion in Berlin Collections
Regina Höfer, Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin

Nestled in a biscuit tin: Younghusband’s Buddha
Dr. Tim Myatt, Oxford

Coffee Break

Panel Two 11.35am – 12.35pm

Knowledge Production Pt.2

The Visual Culture of Himalayan Zoology, 1800-1900
Dr. David Lowther, University of Durham

For Whom the Bell Tolls: perspective and interconnectedness in studies of early Tibetan Buddhist material culture
Dr. Lewis Doney, British Museum

Mapping Tibet – Exploring material cultural heritage within shifting land-and mindscapes
Dr. Martina Wernsdörfer, Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich

Discussion: 12.35pm – 1.00pm

Lunch 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Panel Three 2.00pm – 3.20pm

Knowledge Recovery

Curatorial conscience, collecting 1904 and beyond; new evidence from the V&A files on attitudes to objects collected during the British 1904 expedition
Dr. John Clarke, V&A Museum

Dr Thomas Alexander Wise, Dundee-born polymath: A biography of his collection of “Antiquities”
Christina Donald, The McManus, Dundee

One collection, many faces: When did the Wise Collection have its “historical moment”?
Dr. Diana Lange, Humboldt University Berlin

Short Break: 3.20 – 3.25pm

Panel Four 3.25pm – 4.05pm

Knowledge Loss

Itineraries of Loss: How Tibetan objects got lost in colonial worlds
Dr. Emma Martin, University of Manchester and National Museums Liverpool

Displaced knowledge: Prince Peter’s Tibetan collection
Dr. Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen & Dr. Trine Brox, University of Copenhagen

Coffee / Discussion: 4.05pm – 4.50pm

Summing up 4.50pm – 5.00pm