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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Study of Tibetan Pastoral Culture in Qinghai and its Change: Based on the Method of Documentary Linguistics

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Keywords

  • Tibetan pastoralists
  • lexicography
  • documentary linguistics

Areas

  • East Asia
  • Central Asia

Website

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2017–March, 2020

Based on an interdisciplinary research system, spanning multiple fields including linguistics, anthropology, religious studies, pasture ecology, history, and literature, this joint study aims to reveal the traditional culture of Qinghai-Tibet pastoralists—the concept that is founded on the close relationships between the pastoralists and their livestock as well as the transformation of these relationships. Data was gathered through a careful observation of the members and the recording of the relationships using the documentary linguistics method. This study will contribute to the publication of a dictionary, printed learning materials for children, as well as other media, such as photographs, videos, audio features, and illustrations. It will also promote the culture of local Qinghai-Tibet society (primarily for cultural education) by bringing together various local stakeholders who are trying to uphold and pass on the traditional pastoral culture to their successors.

Izumi HOSHI, Project Coordinator (Professor, ILCAA)

Members

Coordinator

  • Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)

Joint Researchers

  • Nantaijia
  • Yusuke BESSHO
  • Shiho EBIHARA
  • Ju Gesang
  • Masahiro HIRATA
  • Keisuke IWATA
  • Takayoshi YAMAGUCHI
  • Zhabu

Outputs

Meetings

The 4th meeting

  • Date/Time: Sun 20 May 2018 13:00–17:00, Mon 21 May 2018 10:00–15:00
  • Venue: Room 302, ILCAA
  • 20 May
  • Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
    “Lexicography of Tibetan pastorailsts’ cultural lexis using cooperative editing database system”
    Yusuke BESSHO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Komazawa University)
    “Practicality of the Dictionary of Tibetan Pastoralism (pilot version) in the field site: Consideration from users’viewpoints”
    Takayoshi YAMAGUCHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Surveys on pastoral knowledge with using the Dictionary of Tibetan Pastoralism (pilot version)”
  • 21 May
  • Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Fellow)
    “Children’s book on yak: an outreach of the Dictionary of Tibetan Pastoralism (pilot version)”
    Masahiro HIRATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine)
    “Trials of new cultural dictionary of pastoralism linked with encyclopedias: from the case study of milk culture of Amdo Tibetan pastoralists”
    Keisuke IWATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS/Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “The characteristics of the books on Amdo Tibetans’ history published in recent years”

The 3rd meeting

  • Date/Time: Tue 27 Mar 2018 13:00–14:30 (closed), Wed 28 Mar 2018 10:00–12:00 (closed), 13:00–17:00 (open)
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Study of Tibetan Pastoral Culture in Qinghai and its Change: Based on the Method of Documentary Linguistics”, Linguistic Dynamics Science 3 (LingDy3) and Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Principal Investigator: Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA) Research Project Number:15H03203)
  • 27 Mar 13:00–14:30 (closed)
  • All members
    meeting
  • 27 Mar 15:00–16:30 (open)
  • All members
    Launch Event of Tibetan Nomadic Dictionary (pilot version) (see below)
  • 27 Mar 19:00–20:30 (open)
  • All members
    Launch Event of Tibetan Nomadic Dictionary (pilot version) (see below)
  • 28 Mar 10:00–12:00 (closed)
  • All members
    meeting
  • 28 Mar 13:00–17:00 (open)
  • Memorial workshop to celebrate the launch of Tibetan Nomadic Dictionary (pilot version): Talking about the future of Tibetan Nomadic Dictionary
  • 13:00-13:10 Opening remark
    Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
    13:10–14:20 New perspective to Tibetan Nomadic Dictionary
    13:10-13:30 Yusuke BESSHO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Komazawa University)
    13:30-13:50 Masahiro HIRATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine)
    13:50-14:20 Shunzo ONODA (Bukkyo University)
    14:20-14:40 Application of Tibetan Nomadic Dictionary to research
    Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Junior Fellow)
    15:00–16:00 Feedback to the Field
    Yasuhiro YAMAKOSHI (ILCAA), Norikazu KOGURA (ILCAA)
    Mobile app development
    Moderator: Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
    Dialogue with Tibetan students studying in Japan
    16:00-17:00 Panel discussion
    Moderator: Yusuke BESSHO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Komazawa University)
    Guest speaker: Kazuhiko MACHIDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, TUFS Professor Emeritus)
    Commentators: Kazuo KANO (Komazawa University), Keisuke IWATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS/Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), Shinichi TSUMAGARI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Science), Ryunosuke OGAWA (Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine)

The 2nd meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 7 Oct 2017 13:30–19:00, Sun 8 Oct 2017 9:00–15:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Organized by Linguistic Dynamics Science 3 (LingDy3)
  • 7 Oct
  • Yusuke BESSHO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Komazawa University)
    ”A report for progress of collecting vocabularies on religious activity and other research topics in 2017 summer field research”
    Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
    “A report for progress of collecting vocabularies in 2017 summer field research”
    Masahiro HIRATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine)
    “Milk processing system of Tamang in the hilly terrain of central Nepal”, “Sense of Tamang for animal slaughtering and life living in the hilly terrain of central Nepal”
    Takayoshi YAMAGUCHI
    “TBC”
  • 8 Oct
  • All members
    Meeting for the compilation of the dictionary

The 1st meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 13 May 2017 13:30–17:00, Sun 14 May 9:00–17:00
  • Venue: Room 302, ILCAA
  • Jointly sponsored by Linguistic Dynamics Science 3 (LingDy3) and Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Principal Investigator: Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA) Research Project Number:15H03203)
  • 13 May
  • Keisuke IWATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS/Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Prospect of the research on the changes of Amdo nomadic societies under the Qing’s rule”
    Commentator: Yusuke BESSHO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Komazawa University)
    Ryunosuke OGAWA (Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine)
    “A Study of Value system based on the principal of slaughter, meat classification and available in Amdo Tibetan nomads ~Case Study of slaughter and meat available in Nomad household in eastern Qinghai province~”
    Commentator: Takayoshi YAMAGUCHI (Researcher on Tibet)
  • 14 May
  • All members
    “Discussion about database and dictionary”

Related events

Launch Event of Tibetan Nomadic Dictionary (pilot version)

  • Date/Time: Tue 27 Mar 2018 19:00–20:30
  • Venue: Tibetan Restaurant & Cafe TASHI DELEK (Nagatani Mansion 1F, 12-18 Yotsuyasakamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Study of Tibetan pastoral culture in Qinghai and its change: Based on the method of documentary linguistics”, Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3” (LingDy3), Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Principal Investigator: Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA) Research Project Number:15H03203)
  • 19:00–19:10 Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
    Opening Speech
    19:10–19:20 Yusuke BESSHO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Komazawa University)
    About the concept of our project
    19:20–19:30 Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Junior Fellow)
    Introduction to the field site
    19:30–19:50 Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
    Introduction to the three types of the dictionary (mobile app, online, PDF) and mobile app demonstration
    19:50–20:20 Masahiro HIRATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine), Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Junior Fellow), Yusuke BESSHO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Komazawa University), Keisuke IWATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS), Ryunosuke OGAWA (Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine), Takayoshi YAMAGUCHI
    Our favorite
    20:20–20:30
    Q&A

Launch Event of Tibetan Nomadic Dictionary (pilot version)

  • Date/Time: Tue 27 Mar 2018 15:00–16:30
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Study of Tibetan pastoral culture in Qinghai and its change: Based on the method of documentary linguistics”, Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3” (LingDy3), Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Principal Investigator: Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA) Research Project Number:15H03203)
  • 15:00–15:10 Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
    Opening Speech
    15:10–15:20 Yusuke BESSHO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Komazawa University)
    About the concept of our project
    15:20–15:30 Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Junior Fellow)
    Introduction to the field site
    15:30–15:50 Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
    Introduction to the three types of the dictionary (mobile app, online, PDF) and mobile app demonstration
    15:50–16:20 Masahiro HIRATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine), Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Junior Fellow), Yusuke BESSHO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Komazawa University), Keisuke IWATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS), Ryunosuke OGAWA (Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine), Takayoshi YAMAGUCHI
    Our favorite
    16:20–16:30
    Q&A

Screening and Lectures “An Adventure Surrounding Yak and Milk”

  • Date/Time: Sat 13 May 2017 18:30–21:30, Sun 14 May 2017 18:30–21:30
  • Venue: Event Space & Café KICHIMU (Kichijo bldg. B1F 2-14-7 Kichijoji honmachi Musashino-City,Tokyo)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by Linguistic Dynamics Science 3 (LingDy3), CHEESE SCHOOL ASSOCIATION, ILCAA Joint Research Project “Study of Tibetan pastoral culture in Qinghai and its change: Based on the method of documentary linguistics”, and Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Principal Investigator: Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA) Research Project Number:15H03203)
  • 13 May
  • 18:00–
    Open
    18:30–
    Opening
    19:00– Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Junior Research Fellow)
    Lecture (1)
    19:30–
    Screening of a Documentary Film “A Day in the Life of Tibetan Pastoralists”
    21:00– Masahiro HIRATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine)
    Lecture (2)
  • 14 May
  • 18:00–
    Open
    18:30–
    Opening
    19:00– Yusuke BESSHO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Komazawa University)
    Lecture (1)
    19:30–
    Screening of a Documentary Film “A Day in the Life of Tibetan Pastoralists”
    21:00– Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
    Lecture (2)
    Pre-registration is required.
    Please refer to the following website for details. (in Japanese)
    Documentary Film “A Day in the Life of Tibetan Pastoralists”
    95min./2017/Documentary
    Cinematographer: Khashem Gyal (Amilolo Film)
    Production: “A Day in the Life of Tibetan Pastoralists” film production team
    Language: Tibetan (with Japanese subtitles)
  • Exhibition “Yak, Milk and Women -- Life of Tibetan Pastoralists”

    • Date/Time: Wed 10 May 2017 – Sun 21 May 2017 except May 15 and 16 12:00–18:00 (weekdays) , 11:00–16:00 (Saturday and Sunday)
    • Venue: Event Space & Café KICHIMU (Kichijo bldg. B1F 2-14-7 Kichijoji honmachi Musashino-City,Tokyo)
    • Language: Japanese
    • Jointly sponsored by Linguistic Dynamics Science 3 (LingDy3), CHEESE SCHOOL ASSOCIATION, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Principal Investigator: Izumi HOSHI(ILCAA) Research Project Number:15H03203), and ILCAA Joint Research Project “Study of Tibetan pastoral culture in Qinghai and its change: Based on the method of documentary linguistics”
    • Agriculture and livestock farming have been practiced in Tibet since ancient times owing to the elevation and characteristics of the land. Farmers and pastoralists differ in the ways in which they earn their livelihoods, and there are also differences in their thinking and customs. In addition, repeated changes in other factors, such as religion, history, politics, and economics, have given form to a variety of different cultures. In order to understand the background of this multilayered Tibetan civilization, it is critical to have a perspective that looks at the living of the common people, whose ways of life are rooted in the land itself. This exhibition introduces the “present” state of pastoralists living with their livestock in the Amdo region of Northeast Tibet from a variety of perspectives.

    • General Inquiry: info-lingdy[at]aacore.net (Please change [at] to @.)

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