Brill's Proceedings of the Ninth Seminar of the IATS

Khams pa Histories. Visions of People, Place and Authority

Lawrence Epstein

As an indispensable introduction to local history of the Khams region of Eastern Tibet/Western China (with due attention for contemporary thinking about frontier regions), this volume contains seven papers on Khams pa (Eastern Tibet) local history, representing politics, and agency and their historiographical representations on the Khams frontiers.

The articles have been arranged to reflect common themes. Wim van Spengen, William Coleman and Peng Wenbin locate Khams in a broader political history, exploring the fluidity of the frontier and its turbulent dislocations, as Khampas encountered and responded to Tibetan and Chinese national projects in the early part of the twentieth century. Fabienne Jagou and Carole McGranahan shift their gaze to individual figures and their engagement with Chinese and Tibetan social politics. Peter Schwieger's analysis of history as oral narrative positions Khams in relation to Central Tibet, as does the subject of Tsering Thar's paper, which concerns the influence of a Bonpo lama in religious innovation.

Lawrence Epstein, Ph.D. (1977) in Anthropology, University of Washington, is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington. His primary research interests are in popular religion, pilgrimage practices, the social construction of space and in Khams pa history, especially during the late Qing and Republican eras.