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Charles Ramble is Director of Studies (Directeur d’études) at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, and a member of   CRCAO (Centre for Research on East Asian Civilisations – UMR 8155) in Paris. His research deals with the historical ethnography and social history of Nepal’s Mustang district, based on private and community archives from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Institutional page

 


 

Publications relevant to the present project

(For a full list of Charles Ramble’s publications, with links to PDFs, click here)

Books

  • 2008a The Navel of the Demoness: Tibetan Buddhism and Civil Religion in Highland Nepal. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 2008bTibetan Sources for a Social History of Mustang, Nepal. Volume 1: the Archive of Te. Halle: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies.
  • Forthcoming a. Tibetan Sources for a Social History of Mustang, Nepal. Volume 2: the Family Archives of the Tantric Lamas of Tshognam. Halle: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies.
  • Forthcoming b. Tibetan Sources for a Social History of Mustang, Nepal. Volume 3: the Archive of Baragaon. Halle: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies.

Articles

  •  2013a  Hidden Himalayan transcripts: strategies of social opposition in Mustang (Nepal), 19th–20th centuries. In C. Ramble, P. Schwieger and A. Travers (eds) Tibetans who Escaped the Historian’s Net: Contributions to the Social History of Tibetan-speaking Regions. Kathmandu: Vajra Books.
  • 2013b The complexity of Tibetan pilgrimage. In M. Deeg (ed.) Buddhist Pilgrimage in History and Present Times. Lumbini: Lumbini International Research Institute.
  •  2013c  The contractor, the duke, the prime minister and the villagers: exploitation and resistance in nineteenth-century rural Nepal. In T. Lewis and B.M. Owens (eds) Sucāruvādadeśika: A Festschrift Honoring Professor Theodore Riccardi. Kathmandu: Himal Books.
  • 2010 History from below: an introduction to three archival collections from Mustang, Nepal. In H. Diemberger and K. Phuntso (eds) Ancient Treasures, New Discoveries. Halle: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies.
  • 2006 Sacral kings and divine sovereigns: principles of Tibetan monarchy in theory and practice. In D. Sneath (ed.) Power, Place and the Subject in Inner Asia. Bellingham/Cambridge: Western Washington University.
  • 2001a  The old sector system of Kagbeni: notes on the history of land use and social organisation. In P. Pohle and W. Haffner (eds) Kagbeni—Contributions to the Village’s History and Geography. Giessen: Giessener Geographische Schriften 77.
  • 2001b  Household organisation and hierarchy in Kagbeni: the limits to cultural revival in a changing society. In P. Pohle and W. Haffner (eds) Kagbeni—Contributions to the Village’s History and Geography. Giessen: Giessener Geographische Schriften 77.
  • 2000 The secular surroundings of a Bonpo ceremony: games, popular rituals and economic structures in the mDos-rgyab of Klu-brag monastery (Nepal). In S. Karmay and Y. Nagano (eds) New Horizons in Bon Studies. Proceedings of a conference held in Osaka, August 1999. Osaka:  National Museum of Ethnology.
  • 1998b   (with John Harrison) Houses and households in Southern Mustang. Ancient Nepal, no. 140,  23-37.
  • 1998c    (with John Harrison) Watermills in Mustang: notes on architecture, function and management. Ancient Nepal, no. 140, 39-52.
  •  1998d   The Mustang villages of Kag, Te and Khyinga: an introduction to history, ethnicity and the idea of place. Beiträge zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Archäologie, Band 18. Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern, 147-82.
  • 1997Tibetan pride of place; or, why Nepal’s Bhotes are not an ethnic group. In  D. Gellner and J. Pfaff (eds), Politics and Ethnicity in a Hindu Kingdom. London: Harwood.
  •  1997c    Se: notes on the distribution of an archaic ethnonym in Tibet and Nepal. In S. Karmay and Ph. Sagant (eds), Les Habitants du Toit du Monde. Paris: Société d’Ethnologie, Nanterre.
  • 1995   (with C. Seeber)  Dead and living settlements in the Shod-yul of Mustang. Ancient Nepal  no. 138.
  • 1994a    Civic authority and agrarian management in southern Mustang: remarks on a nineteenth-century land-tax register from Kagbeni. Ancient Nepal,  no. 135.
  •  1992-93 A ritual of political unity in an old Nepalese kingdom. Ancient Nepal  nos. 130-133.
  • 1987a    (with M. Vinding) The ‘Bem-chag village record and the early history of Mustang District. Kailash  13 (1-2), 5-48.