Prof. Dr. Peter Schwieger

Principal Investigator

Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA)
Department of Mongolian and Tibetan Studies
Brühler Straße 7
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 7465
pt.schwieger@uni-bonn.de

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Academic Profile

For several years, Peter Schwieger’s research has particularly dealt with the political and social history of Tibetan societies from the 17th to the early 20th century. The various forms of rulership on the Tibetan plateau – reaching from areas in modern India and Pakistan in the West up to areas now belonging to the Chinese provinces Sichuan, Yunnan and Qinghai in the East and Northeast – included stratified societies with different balances between aristocratic and clerical elites. In all of these societies, the social hierarchy was connected through mutual dependencies and was primarily based on an agricultural economy. No matter how remote some of these societies appear at first glance, they were all embedded in a supra-regional network of political and economic relations.

12 monographs, 43 articles, numerous invited talks and lectures, 2 edited volumes.

1995
Habilitation and Venia legendi in Tibetology

1977–1982
Ph.D. in Tibetology

1972–1977 
M.A. in Comparative Religious Studies, Tibetology and Philosophy, University of Bonn, Germany

2001–present
Professor of Tibetology, University of Bonn, Germany

2001
Guest Professor, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

2000–2001
Adjunct Professor, University of Marburg, Germany

1995–2000
Adjunct Professor, University of Bonn, Germany

1978–2001
Research Associate, Union Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts in German Collections                         

2016–2018
Opus magnum scholarship of the VW Foundation

2016–present
subproject "Zentrum oder Peripherie: Herrschaft zwischen gedachter und realer Ordnung in tibetischen Gesellschaften am Beispiel der Namgyal-Dynastie Ladakhs (16. bis 19. Jh.)" ["Center or Periphery: Rule between Imagined and Real Order in Tibetan Societies. The Namgyal Dynasty of Ladakh (16th–19th Century)], DFG Collaborative Research Center 1167 "'Macht' and 'Herrschaft' – Premodern Configurations in a Transcultural Perspective"

2016–present 
jointly with Prof. Ch. Ramble, Paris (EPHE), Head of the German-French research project "Social Status in the Tibetan World"

2012–2015
together with Prof. Ch. Ramble, Paris (EPHE), Head of the German-French research project "A Social History of Tibetan Societies from the 17th to the 20th Century"

2002–present
Member of the management committee of the Union Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts in German Collections, sub-project leader for the cataloging of the Tibetica

2002–2005
Head of the project "Digital acquisition and processing of Tibetan documents and their publication on the Internet" (DFG)

1999–2001
German-Chinese research project "Digitale Erfassung tibetischer Archivbestände in Lhasa und ihre Bereitstellung im Internet" ["Digitalization of Tibetan Archives in Lhasa and its Provision for the Internet"], project funding by DFG and GTZ

1992–1993
Participation in the DFG Priority Program "Siedlungsprozesse und Staatenbildungen im tibetischen Himalaya" ["Settlement Processes and State Formations in the Tibetan Himalayas”], headed by Prof. Haffner, University of Giessen, and Prof. Schuh, University of Bonn, Germany

1978–1988
Member of the DFG Collaborative Research Center (SFB 12) "Central Asia" at University of Bonn, Germany

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Agence Nationale de la Recherche (National Agency for Research (ANR))
  • GTZ
  • Thyssen Foundation
  • Henkel Foundation
  • 2015. The Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China. A Political History of the Tibetan Institution of Reincarnation. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • 2009. Handbuch zur Grammatik der klassischen tibetischen Schriftsprache. Beiträge zur Zentralasienforschung 11. Halle: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies.
  • 1999. Teilung und Reintegration des Königreichs von Ladakh im 18. Jahrhundert. Der Staatsvertrag zwischen Ladakh und Purig aus dem Jahr 1753. Monumenta Tibetica Historica 3(7). Bonn: VGH Wissenschaftsverlag GmbH.
  • 1995. Die mTshur-phu-Ausgabe der Sammlung Rin-chen gter-mdzod chen-mo. Vol. 14–34. Verzeichnis der orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland 11(11). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.
  • 1990. Die mTshur-phu-Ausgabe der Sammlung Rin-chen gter-mdzod chen-mo. Vol. 1–14. Verzeichnis der orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland 11(10). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.
  • 1989. Tibetisches Erzählgut aus Brag-g.yab. Texte mit Übersetzungen, grammatischem Abriß und Glossar. Beiträge zur tibetischen Erzählforschung 10. Bonn: VGH Wissenschaftsverlag GmbH.
  • and Loden S. Dagyab. 1989. Die ersten dGe-lugs-pa-Hierarchen von Brag-g.yab (1572–1692). Monumenta Tibetica Historica 2(2). Bonn: VGH Wissenschaftsverlag GmbH.
  • 1985. Die Werksammlungen Kun-tu bzan-po’i dgons-pa zan-thal, Ka-dag ran-byun ran-sar und mKha’-’gro gsan-ba ye-ses-kyi rgyud. Verzeichnis der orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland 11(9). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.
  • and Jampa K. Phukhang. 1982. Erzählgut aus A-mdo und Brag-g.yab. Beiträge zur tibetischen Erzählforschung 4. St. Augustin: VGH Wissenschaftsverlag GmbH.
  • ed. 1978. Ein tibetisches Wunschgebet um Wiedergeburt in der Sukhavati. Beiträge zur Zentralasienforschung 1. St. Augustin: VGH Wissenschaftsverlag GmbH.Aufklapp-Text
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