International Conference on Tibetan Language

International Conference on Tibetan Language

Upcoming conference

The 4th International Conference on Tibetan Language will be hosted by the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in the year 2017.

Conference secretariat

The University of Bern in Switzerland is the custodian of the International Conference on Tibetan Language. The mandate of the Bern secretariat is to safeguard the scientific and scholarly nature of the International Conference on Tibetan Language, ensure its continuity, and preserve and protect its neutral, non-political and non-religious character.

Academic institutions and other appropriate entities who are willing to host an International Conference on Tibetan Language are welcome to submit a detailed formal proposal in writing to the Linguistics Department of the University of Bern. Proposals will be vetted by an independent committee.

Potential conference organisers must pledge to the satisfaction of the permanent conference secretariat in Bern to uphold the scholarly and academic standards of the event, maintain its thematic bearing on the Tibetan language and on issues directly appertaining to the Tibetan language, and to abide by the non-political and non-religious character of the conference.

History of the conference

The 1st International Conference on Tibetan Language was organised by the Tibetan government in Dharamsala in 1987.

The 2nd International Conference on Tibetan Language was organised from 30 August to 4 September 1992 at the Shang Shung Institute in the Italian town of Arcidosso.

The 3rd International Conference on Tibetan Language was held from 9 to 14 December 2011 at Columbia University in New York City and organised by the Shang Shung Institute, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute of Columbia University, the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Race of Columbia University, the Trace Foundation and the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Centre in New York.

At the concluding business meeting of the 3rd International Conference on Tibetan Language, it was decided that the Linguistics Institute of the University of Bern would serve as the custodian and permanent secretariat for the conference with the above stated mandate.