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16th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies Opens in Prague – Buddhistdoor Global

Opening ceremony. Image courtesy of the author

The 16th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS) opened in Prague on 3 July. Hosted by the Faculty of Arts of Charles University and the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, with financial assistance from the City of Prague, the conference will run until 9 July. 

The opening ceremony was held on 4 July at the Faculty of Arts, with keynote speeches from representatives of both educational institutions, and from IATS president Hanna Havnevik of the University of Oslo. The conveners of this most prestigious seminar in Tibetan studies are Daniel Berounský of Charles University and Jarmila Ptáčková of the Oriental Institute.

Havnevik drew attention to the importance of the venue of the seminar: “This is the first time an IATS seminar has been arranged in a Central European country that, until the Velvet Revolution in 1989, was on the eastern side…

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