The Third International Seminar of Young Tibetologists in Japan



Here is a very interesting conference for young Tibetan scholars. I have written about such Tibetan studies conferences in the past in the Tibetan Review. I would encouraged Tibetans who are involved in deeper study of Tibetology to apply.


First Circular

The Third International Seminar of Young Tibetologists

[Dates] 3rd-7th, September, 2012

[Place] Kobe City University of Foreign Studies,



ISYT (International Seminar of Young Tibetologists)

The first ISYT conference was convened in London at the School of Oriental and African Studies, 9–13 August 2007 by Tim Myatt and Brandon Dotson. Striking a balance between academic rigour and diligent attention to the pursuits and needs of youth (social gatherings), the conference was a great success. At the second ISYT conference, the board accepted Kobe’s invitation to host the third conference. It is with great pleasure that we now inform you of the third ISYT.

Qualification Requirements

a) No more than 6 years have passed since your final degree. or b) No more than 6 years have passed since your first academic appointment. (eg. Ph. D. student, Ph. D. candidate, Post-doc, Lecturer, Assistant Professor, etc.)

Contributions are welcome on any topic of Tibetological study as long as you are Ph.D. candidates or less than 6 years into your first academic post. If these guidelines exclude you and you wish to participate in the conference, please contact us directly.

Call for Papers

Please note that the 3rd ISYT committee would like to call the following points to the attention of all prospective participants.

1. Participants are generally required to present a paper. Papers will be subjected to a time limit of 30 minutes (including 10 minutes for questions) and may be presented in English or Tibetan.

2. Participants should not present papers that have been read at other conferences or published elsewhere. All papers should present the results of original research and should not simply be a restatement of material and data already available elsewhere in secondary literature. Papers should be based on the use of primary sources. (written or oral) in original languages or should otherwise provide a substantial advance in the field of Tibetology.

3. All participants are required to submit a one- page abstract of their paper by the end of November. We invite only abstracts written in English. All abstracts will be screened and papers may not be accepted if they are deemed not to conform to international standards of academic Tibetological work.

4. Participants are required to speak on a topic concerning one of the following panels: – Anthropology – History – Religion, Philosophy – Linguistics – Sociology Deadline for Submitting Abstracts If you intend to participate in the third conference of the ISYT, please fill in the application form and send it to us via e-mail.

Please download the application form in our website: We request that you attach both MSword and PDF version of your application form. [Deadline] 30th, November, 2011


Attention: We will inform you when your application is received. If you do not receive any reply from us one week after sending the application, please contact us again for confirmation. Notification of Acceptance All abstracts will be reviewed in December and the conference participants will be selected and notified in January 2012. We appreciate your kind cooperation and look forward to reading your abstracts soon. ISYT Kobe 2012 Committee (Kazushi IWAO, Ai NISHIDA, Meishi YAMAMOTO, and Seiji KUMAGAI)


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