Materiality, Agency and Power: Crafting Potency in Sowa Rigpa and Ritual Practice

12.07.2022 - 13.07.2022

A two-day interdisciplinary workshop

As part of the three-year FWF-funded project on “Potent Substances in Sowa Rigpa and Buddhist Rituals,” we have invited a group of dedicated scholars to discuss the productive interrelationships between materiality, agency, and power in Tibetan medical and ritual practice. How can we better understand how medicines become potent? What constitutes the agency of ritual objects and potent substances?


Dr. Barbara Gerke (University of Vienna)

Dr. Jan van der Valk (University of Vienna)

Dr. Calum Blaikie (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

All are welcome!

Please register until July 11:

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Program & Abstracts (PDF Download)

Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde | Organisation: Dr. Barbara Gerke
Seminar room 1, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7, 1090 Vienna