Past Event

Crossing Rivers by Yakhide-Boat and Horsehead-Ferry: The Significance of Waterways in Pre-1959 Tibet

April 11, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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School of International and Public Affairs, 420 West 118th Street, Room 918, New York, NY 10027

Speaker: Diana Lange, Principal Investigator, University of Hamburg; and Visiting Professor, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin

Moderator: Lauran Hartley, Director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program and an Associate Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

Professor Diana. Lange will speak on the significance of waterways for infrastructure, economy and socio-cultural life in pre-1959 Tibet. She focuses on ferry and transport services in the Tibetan corvée tax system, including the nature of taxation on a specific Tibetan village – the fishing village of Jun in Chushur County in Central Tibet. Her research is based on extensive fieldwork in this fishing village conducted during several trips to the area between 2003 and 2012. She also analyzes how fishermen in Southern and Central Tibet adapted to the geographical, ecological and cultural conditions of their environment.

This event is part of the 2022-2023 lecture series on “Women in Tibetan Studies: A Lecture Series” and is sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and co-sponsored by the Modern Tibetan Studies Program.


  • To attend this event in-person, please register HERE. Please note that non-CUID holders need to show proof of their primary series and one booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • To attend this event online, please register HERE.

Contact Information

Julie Kwan