Conference Papers, Conference Sessions, Seminar papers, Etc


1977

“Playing on Symbols: the Iconography of a Tibetan Painting.” Paper presented to 48th ANZAAS Congress, Melbourne (Anthropology Section).

1978

Inventing Real Cultures: Some Comments on Anthropology and Science Fiction. Paper presented to Australian Anthropological Society Conference, Sydney.

“Knowledge and Society in Tibet.” Paper presented to Australian Anthropological Society Conference, Sydney.

1980

“Songs of Exile, Songs of Revolution: Tibetan Music in Change, 1951-79.” Paper presented to 50th ANZAAS Congress, Adelaide (Musicology Section).

“The Buddhist Adaptation in Tibet.” Paper presented to 50th ANZAAS Congress, Adelaide (Anthropology Section). Revised version, “Holy Men and Politics in Tibet,” presented to Sydney University Anthropology Dept Seminar, 1980. Published after further revision as “Tibet as a Stateless Society and Some Islamic Parallels” (1982).

“Knowledge in Society: An Anthropological Perspective.” Paper presented to Philosophy of Education Society of Australia Conference, Newcastle.

1981

“The Symbolic Economy of Knowledge in Tibet: Towards the Rethinking of Anthropological Theory.” Paper presented to 80th Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association, Los Angeles.

1982

“World-view, Self-image, Ethos and the Infrastructure: A Tibetan Case-Study.” Paper presented to 26th Annual Meeting of the Kroeber Anthropological Society and Berkeley Sociolinguistics Group, University of California, Berkeley, May 1982.

“The Early History of Buddhism in Tibet: Some Anthropological Comments.” Paper presented to the International Association of Tibetan Studies Conference, Columbia University, New York, July 1982. Published as “The Early History of Buddhism in Tibet: An Anthropological Perspective.” (1985).

1983

“Towards a Relational Anthropology.” Paper presented to University of Newcastle Philosophy Club; revised version presented to Dept of Sociology Seminar.

Panel member, Closing session, Conference on Dreams and Altered States: Aspects of Other Realities in Melanesia, Research Centre for South West Pacific Studies, May 1983.

“Science as a Cultural System.” Paper presented to Research Seminar on Critical and Radical Theories of Science organized by the Depts of Sociology and Philosophy, University of Newcastle, Morpeth.

1984

“Margaret Mead, Science and Anthropology.” Paper presented to symposium on the methodology of science, Inductivism and Arguing to Win, in Section 37 (History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science), 54th ANZAAS Congress, Canberra. Published as ‘Science, Anthropology and Margaret Mead: A Galilean Dialogue” (1985).

“Shamanic and Rational Religion in Fifteenth-Century Tibet.” Paper presented to the Bicentenary Csoma de Koros Symposium, Visegrad, Hungary, 13th-19th September 1984. Published 1990.

1985

“Art and Religion: The Dialectic of Play and Structure.” Paper presented to International Association for the History of Religions Congress, Sydney.

“The Computer as Metaphor: Explorations in Anthropological Theory.” Paper presented to Australian Anthropological Society Conference, Darwin.

1986

“The Repertoire of Tembang Sunda Today: Music from West Java for Voice, Zither and Flute.”Paper presented to the Musicological Society of Australia Conference, Brisbane.

“Buddhism and Popular Religion: Reflections on Southwold’s Buddhism in Life.” Paper presented to Australian Anthropological Society conference, Griffith University, Brisbane, August 1986. Revised version presented to Dept of Anthropology seminar, Sydney University, Sept. 1986.

“Peace, War and Human Nature: Some Anthropological Comments.” Paper presented to Australian Preventive Psychiatry Seminar on War and Peace, Newcastle, September 1986. Revised version (“The 1984 Nuclear Disarmament Party Campaign and Its Aftermath”) presented to Centre for Australian Studies, University of London, April 1987.

“Culture, Biology, and the Progress of Science.” Paper presented to Dept of Philosophy seminar, University of Newcastle, October 1986.

1987

“Shamanism and Tantra in Tibetan Religion.” Paper presented to Dept of Social Anthropology, Cambridge University, February 1987. Revised versions presented to Institute of Social Anthropology, Oxford University, February 1987; Dept of Anthropology, University of Manchester, and Dept of Anthropology, University College, London, March 1987; Dept of Anthropology, Harvard University, and Dept of Uralic and Altaic Studies, Indiana University, June 1987.

“Studying Tibetan Buddhism.” Paper presented to Frazer Society of Dept of Comparative Religion, University of Manchester, March 1987.

“The Body in Buddhist and Hindu Tantra: Some Notes.” Paper presented to The Body: A Colloquium on Comparative Spirituality, Lancaster University, July 1987. Published in 1989.

1988

Joint organizer of “The Manufacture of Desire: Symposium on the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari,” University of Newcastle, July 1988, and contributor of paper “The Other Side of Rationality: Desire in the Social System”. Revised version given at 1988 AAS Conference, see below.

Organizer of conference session, “Philosophy and Anthropology” at the Australian Anthropological Society Conference, Newcastle, August 1988.

Joint organizer of conference session, “Tibetan and Himalayan Societies” at the Australian Anthropological Society Conference, Newcastle, August 1988, and contributor of paper “Gesar of Ling: Shamanic Power and Popular Religion”. Published in 1994 as “Ge sar of gLing: Shamanic Power and Popular Religion”.

“Chantefable form in the Tibetan Epic of King Gesar and other Tibetan musical genres: a musical coding of alternate realities?” Paper given at Symposium of the International Musicological Society, Melbourne, August-September 1988. Published in 1991 as “Music and Shamanic Power in the Gesar Epic”.

1989

“King Gesar of Ling: Shamanic Power in Tibetan Society.” Paper given at International Seminar on Tibetan Studies, Narita City, Japan, August-September 1989. Revised version given at 1st International Conference on Gesar Epic Studies, Chengdu, November 1989. Further revised as “Gesar of Ling: the Origins and Meaning of the East Tibetan Epic” and given to Anthropology Dept, Sydney University and Sociology Dept, University of Newcastle in May 1990. Published in 1992 as “Gesar of Ling: the Origins and Meaning of the East Tibetan Epic”.

“Buddhism and the State: Tibet and Thailand.” Paper given to the Behavioural Science Research Institute Seminar, Srinakharanwirot University, Bangkok, November1989.

1990

“Shamanism, Bon and Tibetan Religion.” Paper for the Seminar on the Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalayas, Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich, September 1990. Published in revised form in 1993.

Mind, Body and Culture.”Paper for the Dept of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, December 1990.

1991

'“Tibetan Tantra as a Form of Shamanism.” Paper for the 1st International Conference on Shamanism, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, July 1991. Published in revised form in 1997 as “Some Reflections on the Vajrayana and its Shamanic Origins'.

“Some Tibetan Ritual Texts about King Gesar.” Paper for the 2nd International Conference on Gesar Epic Studies, Lhasa, Tibet, August 1991.

“The Epic and the State in Tibet.” Paper for the Australian Anthropological Society conference, Macquarie University, Sydney, October 1991.

1992

“The Tibetan Epic: Shamanism in Music”(with video presentation: “The Tibetan Epic: Gesar of Ling and His Singers.”) Paper for the International Conference, Shamanism as Religion: Genesis, Reconstruction, Tradition. Yakutsk, Siberia, August 1992. Video also shown at the 6th IATS Conference (see next entry).

“Tibet as Part of Southeast Asia.” Paper for the 6th Conference of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Fagernes, Norway, 21-28 August, 1992. Revised versions given at “The Anthropology of Nepal: People, Problems and Processes.” Kathmandu, Nepal, 7-14 September 1992, and to the Dept of Anthropology, University of Adelaide, on 8 October 1992. Published in revised form in 1994 as “Tibet and the Southeast Asian Highlands: Rethinking the Intellectual Context of Tibetan Studies”.

“The Shaman, the Scientist, the Witch and the Anthropologist: the Question of Women’s Ritual.” Paper for the Australian Anthropological Society Conference, Canberra, 30 September-2 October 1992.

1993

“Performance, Vision and Transformation in Shamanic Ritual: Healers, Patients and Societies.” Paper for the 2nd Conference of the International Society for Shamanic Research, Budapest, July 1993.. Also given to Dept of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen (July 1993); Dept of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Newcastle; Dept of Anthropology, University of Melbourne (both September 1993) Published in revised form in 1995 as “Performance, Vision and Transformation in Shamanic Ritual: Healers, Clients and Societies”.

“Anthropology and Sociology: Their Relationship in the Australian Academic Context.” Paper for the Australian Anthropological Society Conference, Melbourne, September 1993. Also given to Dept of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Newcastle, May 1994.

1994

‘Auspiciousness and the Goddesses of India.” Paper for Dept of Religious Studies, Lancaster University, March 1994. Also given to Dept of Anthropology and Comparative Sociology, Macquarie University, May 1994. See also 1997.

Organiser of one-day conference, Western Science and Its Alternatives, Dept of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Newcastle, NSW, September 1994 and contributor of the paper, “Western Science and Its Alternatives.”Published in 1995.

1995

Chair and joint organiser of panel, “Birth in South Asia,” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Washington, D.C., April 1995.

“Shamanic Procedures in Tibetan Folk Religion.” Paper for the 7th Conference of the International Association of Tibetan Studies, Schloss Seggau, Austria, June 1995. Published in revised form in 1997 as “The Vajrayana in the Context of Himalayan Folk Religion”.

The Dissenting Tradition of Indian Tantra and its Partial Hegemonisation in Tibet.” Paper for the South Asian Anthropologists' Group Annual Conference, London, September 1995 [also given at University of Groningen, February 1996]

Tibetan Buddhism as a World Religion: Global Networking and its Consequences.” Paper for workshop at King’s College, London, Dec. 1995. Also given to Institute of Indology, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, October 1995; Dept of Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh and Dept of Religious Studies, Lancaster University, both Jan. 1996.

“The Effectivenesss of Goddesses.” Seminar given to Dept of History of Religions, University of Utrecht, October 1995.

“Space, Politics and the Exemplary Centre in Tibetan Societies.” Seminar given to IIAS, Leiden, and to Institute of Ethnology, Freie Universität, Berlin, both October 1995. [Also given at Utrecht University, February 1996]

“Benign Possession in Non-Western Cultures.” Presentation for one-day conference, Possession and Exorcism in the Contemporary World, Dept of Religious Studies, Armstrong Building, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Wednesday 15th November 1995

Response to Panel Discussion on my book, Civilized Shamans, at the American Academy of Religion conference (Tibetan and Himalayan Studies panel), Philadelphia, November 1995.

1996

“Authority and Dissent in Indian Vajrayana Buddhism.” Paper for the 21st Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, Oxford, 22-24 March 1996

Joint organiser of the Nature Religion Today Conference, Lake District Campus, Lancaster University, April 1996 and contributor of the paper, “Paganism and Tibetan Buddhism: Contemporary Western Religions and the Question of Nature.” Revised version of paper presented to Goldsmiths College Seminar, October 1996. Published in 1998.

“The Tibetan Epic of Gesar and The Power of the Spirits.” Paper for the 1996 Conference of the British Association for the Study of Religions, Lancaster, September 1996.

“Religion, Health and Suffering among Contemporary Tibetans: Some Notes from Dalhousie, 1996.” Paper for conference on Religion, Health and Suffering (Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine/SOAS), September 1996. Also given to Department of Anthropology, Hamline Unversity, Feb. 1998. Published in 1999 as “Religion, Health and Suffering among Contemporary Tibetans”.

Joint organiser of the conference, Healing Powers and Modernity, Dept of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Newcastle, NSW, December 1996, and contributor of the paper “Tibetan Medicine in Contemporary India: Theory and Practice.”

1997

“Envisioning the Earth: South Asian Religion and Contemporary Paganism.” Paper for Department of Anthropology, Lampeter College, University of Wales, December 1997.

Auspiciousness and the Goddesses of India.” Revised version to Gender Studies Workshop, University of Newcastle, NSW, June 1997. Published in 1997 as “Women, Goddesses and Auspiciousness in South Asia'.

1998

“Revisioning the Earth: Nature in Asian Buddhism and Contemporary Paganism.” [Revised version of previous item.] Given as Lindesmith Lecture, Carleton College, Minnesota, Feb. 1998; to Department of Anthropology Seminar, University of Sydney, April 1998; to Department of Sociology and Anthropology Seminar, University of Newcastle, NSW, May 1998.

“Shamanic Powers, Village Religion and Esoteric Exchanges: How Far is Tantra a Specifically Indian Phenomenon?” Paper for Tantra, Muslim Esotericism and Kabbalah. Conference organized by the Religious Studies Program, New York University, April 5th to 6th, 1998.

1999

“Tibetan and Indian Ideas of Birth Pollution: Similarities and Contrasts.” Joint paper with S. Rozario, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford, May 1999.

“Rethinking Indian Religions: Some Notes on a Current Research Programme.” Paper for Oriental Institute Seminar, Oxford, June 1999.

“The Indus Valley Civilisation and Early Tibet.” Paper for Symposium, New Horizons in Bon Studies, at National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, August 1999. Published in 2000.

2000

“Buddhism and the State in Eighth Century Tibet.” Paper for the 9th Conference of the International Association of Tibetan Studies, Leiden, , June 2000.

“Vajrayana Spells for Destroying Enemy Armies and Their Context in Indic Religious Life.” Paper for the American Acaddemy of Religion 2000 Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, Nov. 2000

2001

‘Tantra and Erotic Style: Two Historical Moments.’ Paper given at 3rd Conference of the International Association for the Study of Sex, Culture and Society (IASSCS), University of Melbourne, October 2001.

‘The Westernisation of Tibetan Buddhism.’ Paper given to Departmental Seminar, Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney, November 2001


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