Digital Workshops

Bridging cultural gaps

Our digital workshops touch on a range of topics including translation, western philosophy, Tibetan history, language, and Buddhism.
Its aims are simple: to showcase current research, share knowledge and ideas, connect those interested in higher education and academia and bridge different cultures.

Previous digital workshops

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Introduction to English Literary Studies

This session introduces participants to the study of English literature through a variety of works from Old English wanderers’ songs to contemporary poems. We will explore interpretive approaches to texts and practice close reading techniques whilst thinking about literary form in its wider intellectual and historical contexts.
21 Dec 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

An introduction to Western philosophy and logic

By focusing on a passage from Plato’s Euthyphro, I will introduce the Socratic methods of dialogue and argument with which Western philosophy begins. In particular, Socrates asks whether piety is what is loved by the gods, or whether the gods love that which is pious. We will then take a closer look at the logical form of these Socrates’ questions, considering the nature of the concepts involved. The workshop will conclude by contemplating an analogous question in ethics: is it that our actions are right in virtue of aligning with our moral values, or are our moral values an attempt to value what is right?   An introduction to philosophical logic: Philosophical logic describes how we ought to reason with some of the most fundamental concepts which cannot otherwise be defined. In this workshop, I will present a brief historical overview of where modern logic comes from, as well as the methods by which logic proceeds. I will then turn to introduce some of the key concepts which logic investigates, presenting the standard definitions of logical consequence and proof. The workshop will conclude with an introduction to some of the logical systems which have been developed over the past century and a half.
17 Dec 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A Brief Introduction to the Gaden Phodrang Government

This workshop will start with an investigation into the historical background upon which the Gaden Phodrang Government was founded and its prosperous development in the mid 17th century. We will then look at the priest-patron relationship it established with the Manchu emperors of the Qing dynasty, a process that began in the early 18th century. Finally, we will consider the decline of the government and how it found itself in India due the invasion by the Chinese Communist Party in 1950.  This is a 4‑hour workshop and after each class there will be time for discussion and questions.
15 Dec 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Translation Class

This interactive class explores the approach and practice of translating classical Tibetan literature. Taking into consideration the spheres of academia and Buddhist practice transmission, we will address the themes of translating, the role of the translator, and methods of translation. In addition to allotting time for inquiries and discussion, space is most importantly offered for a mixture of individual and collaborative in-class translation. Be ready to dabble your digits on the keyboard, prance your pens on the paper, or silently sit and survey.
14 Dec 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Upcoming Digital Workshops

All classes are free, but registration is required to attend. Places are offered on a first come first serve basis. Please note some workshops will be held in Tibetan with no translator present. To register fill the form below.

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