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George Solomon FITZHERBERT

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Contractual Researcher at the CNRS (2017-2019), ERC TibArmy
Projet TibArmy :

Research Themes
- The Tibetan Gesar Epic : its oral and literary qualities ; its social and religious resonances ; and its historical evolution and patronage, particularly in Eastern Tibet
- The dynamics of religio-cultural diplomacy in the Tibetan world
- Tibetan martial culture and its discourses of conflict and warfare
- Bon Dzogchen and Rainbow Body

Teaching Background

Departmental Lecturer in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, University of Oxford, Faculty of Oriental Studies 2008-10, 2014-2015.


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FitzHerbert, S. G. 2008. The Birth of Gesar : Narrative Diversity and Social Resonance in the Tibetan Epic Tradition. DPhil Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford University.

2009. “The Gesar Epic as Oral Literature” in Dotson, Gurung, Halkias and Myatt (eds.) Contemporary Visions in Tibetan Studies. Chicago. Serindia. 171-196.

2010. “A Modern Version of the Birth of Gesar” in S. Arslan & P. Schwieger (eds.) Tibetan Studies : An Anthology. Proceedings of the 11th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Königswinter 2006. Halle : International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies. 215-254.

2012. “Remembering Samdrub 1922-2011 : A Sermon of Prelude by Great Tibetan Epic Bard” in The Middle Way : Journal of the Buddhist Society Vol. 87. No. 1 : 19-25.
2015. “On the Tibetan Ge-sar Epic in the late 18th Century : Sum-pa mkhan-po’s letters to the Sixth Paṇ-chen Bla-ma” in Études Mongoles, Sibériennes, Centralasiatiques & Tibétaines (EMSCAT), no. 46, August 2015.

2016a. “Constitutional Mythologies and Entangled Cultures in the Tibeto-Mongolian Gesar Epic : The Motif of Gesar’s Celestial Descent” in Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 129, No. 513, Summer 2016, pp. 297-326.

2016b. “An Early Tibetan Gesar bsang Text” in Archiv Orientální (Charles University, Prague) vol. 84 : 1-60.

in press/forthcoming) 2017. “Gesar’s Familiars : Revisiting Shamanism as a Hermeneutic for Understanding the structure and history of the Tibetan Gesar Epic” in Kapstein and Ramble (eds.) The Many Faces of Ling Gesar : Homage to Rolf A. Stein. Leiden : Brill.

(in press/forthcoming) 2017. “Tibetan Buddhism and the Gesar Epic” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. (online resource)