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Himalayan Borderlands Events

Himalayan Borderlands Project Events October 2019 “Place-responsive learning and the ethics of travelling well,” a presentation by Simon Beames. In this talk, Simon presents a language for considering the degree to which place-based education actually responds to place, proposing three levels of place-based education practice, and enabling us to have more meaningful conversations about place-based..

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This course was a third-year undergraduate course taught in the fall of 2019. What follows here is a summary of some aspects of the course, taken from the syllabus. I discuss the course in its planning stage in this podcast interview, and you can listen to students discuss their experiences in the course six months..

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Himalayan Borderlands

This five-year project (2017-2022) on mountain cultures and travel histories in the Eastern Himalaya aims to explore religious expression in written and oral depictions of Himalayan travel. In this project, we are exploring how mountain spaces are constructed by inflections of power and transnational forces, how religious practices interact with the environment, and how stories..

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University of Toronto Outdoors


I have been involved in developing a new initiative called University of Toronto Outdoors, which aims to bring together instructors, students, and community members interested in engaging forms of teaching and learning that may be described as place-based, land-based, or expeditionary studies. This project is for those who teach and learn in courses and special..

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Gesar’s Therapeutic Geographies


This paper explores how practices of healing or information about medicine operate in the Gesar epic. I begin with a discussion of a few relevant examples from commonly known Gesar episodes, proposing that beyond being of significant interest in themselves, these stories may be rich sources for questioning how the category of ‘medicine’ may be..

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Classical Tibetan Online


This year-long online course, in two modules, is available freely online at Nettle Tibetan. Students in the Nettle courses begin by learning fundamentals of basic grammar and key vocabulary, and move on to reading and translating texts in Classical Tibetan. Units teach content relevant to producing scholarship in Religious Studies, History, or Linguistics using sources in..

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Mapping Buddhist Sites

Mapping Buddhist Sites was run in a year-long Introduction to Buddhism course. Course development was sponsored by the U of T Arts & Science Student Experience Fund. Throughout this course, undergraduate Field Teams developed partnerships with diverse Toronto communities as they conducted research on Buddhist institutions and practices in the area. Students created a web portal..

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Practicing Oral History

Inspired by Digital Humanities models of working collaboratively on research projects uniting students and community members, Matt Price (History) and Frances Garrett (Study of Religion) taught two undergraduate courses in the fall of 2011 that engaged students in the practice of oral history using a range of new media technologies. The two courses were designed..

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