Oxtib Lectures

EasyT­ibetan is pleased to announce its first series of online classes and work­shops, touch­ing 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.  Our tutors are Oxford and Cam­bridge trained schol­ars allow­ing for an ample oppor­tun­ity to dis­cuss their exper­i­ence in those universities.

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. For More details see below. 

Please men­tion your interest of the sub­ject and why are you inter­ested it in your email.  

2020 December Workshops

Mano

Mano

Cam­bridge Alumi

How to Apply for UK Universities

Mano will give an over­view of apply­ing to UK uni­ver­sit­ies includ­ing, sub­ject choice, decid­ing which uni­ver­sit­ies to apply to, the applic­a­tion pro­cess,  schol­ar­ships, and accept­ing an offer. The ses­sion will con­clude with a Q&A.

HOURS: 2‑hour class
DATE: 10th December 2020 
TIME: 15:00 to 17:00 Uk time
SIZE: 25 to 30 Students 

Lan­guage: English 

Ágota Márton

Ágota Márton

DPhil in Lit­er­at­ure, Oxford and taught at a num­ber of Oxford Colleges 

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.

HOURS: 2‑hour class
DATE: 21st December 2020 
TIME: 15:00 to 17:00 Uk time
SIZE: 25 to 30 Students 

Lan­guage: English 

Ryan Jacobson

Ryan Jacobson

Oxford Alumi

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.

HOURS: 2‑hour class
DATE: 14th December 2020 
TIME: 15:00 to 17:00 Uk time
SIZE: 25 to 30 Students 

Lan­guage: English 

Darig Thokmay

Darig Thokmay

Oxford DPhil Student

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.

HOURS: 2‑hour class
DATE: 15th December 2020 
TIME: 15:00 to 17:00 Uk time
SIZE: 25 to 30 students 

Lan­guage: Depends on the students

Benjamin Brast-Mckie

Benjamin Brast-Mckie

DPhil in Philo­sophy, Oxford and taught at a num­ber of Oxford colleges 

An introduction to Western philosophy:

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.
HOURS: 2‑hour class
DATE: 17th December 2020 
TIME: 15:00 to 17:00 Uk time
SIZE: 25 to 30 Students 

Lan­guage: English 

Tenzin Choephel

Tenzin Choephel

Oxford Alumi

An Introduction to the Tibetan Language and its 

Historical Development

This work­shop primar­ily focuses on intro­du­cing the nature of the Tibetan lan­guage and sev­er­al meth­ods that can be applied to learn it. It will also explore the his­tor­ic­al devel­op­ment of the lan­guage, with a par­tic­u­lar focus on its trans­form­a­tions from ancient Tibetan to con­tem­por­ary Tibetan through com­par­ing words and phrases from the Dun­huang Manu­scripts and gen­er­al text­books.  This is a 4‑hour work­shop and after each class there will be time for dis­cus­sion and enquires.

HOURS: 2‑hour classs
DATE: 18th December 2020 
TIME: 15:00 to 17:00 Uk time
SIZE: 25 to 30 Students 

Lan­guage: Depends on the students 

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