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Social and Cultural Anthropology

Univ.-Doz. Dr. Guntram Hazod, ÖAW
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The anthropological part of the IK programme proposes the two topics of “wandering stories” (such as the narrative genre of flood or lake stories, or similar cross-border narratives from the corpus of local oral traditions) and “toponymy and religious conceptions of the topographical environment”. Both are part of the larger field of an anthropology of landscape, which in various respects will be able to reveal significant aspects of the long history of cross-contacts and cultural transfers in the zones of the Highlands and the Himalayas. Methodologically, the study will combine text and fieldwork (i.e. comparative elaboration of primary textual sources and of oral traditions, recording of rituals, etc.), where it is noteworthy that the long-standing contacts between Vienna Tibet research and the Tibetan Academy of Social Sciences (Lhasa) will be of great use here for the realisation of fieldwork in the AR Tibet.