- Social and medical anthropology of Tibet and the Himalayas
- Practice, history and art of Tibetan medicine
- Tibetan language
- International development and global health
- Engaged and collaborative ethnographic research
- Oral history
I have lectured and run seminars on the following courses:
- at the Department of Anthropology, University College London, UK:
- MA ‘Introduction to Medical Anthropology’
- at the UCL Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London, UK:
- MA ‘Understanding International Health’
- BSc 'History of Asian Medicine’
- MA ‘Approaches to Asian Healing Traditions'
- at the Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo, Norway:
- MA ‘Introduction to Medical Anthropology’, Masters for International Community Health
- at the Institute for Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo, Norway:
- MA & PhD 'Buddhist Studies',
I have also contributed to other teaching and tutorials at the above and other universities.
- Magister, 2005, Social & Cultural Anthropology, International Development and Tibetan & Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna (with distinction)
- MSc, 2005, Medical Anthropology, Brunel University, London (with distinction)
- PhD, 2011, Medical History & Medical Anthropology, University College London
- Research grants
- 2012, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship
- 2010, Nansenfondat, Norway: Project grant for ‘Women, Gender and Medicine in Tibet’ (awarded together with Heidi Fjeld)
- 2005, UCL Doctoral Studentship for ‘Tibetan medicine on the Margins: 20th century transformations of the traditions of Sowa Rigpa’.
- 2003, Austrian Academy of Sciences, International Co-operation, Austria: Grant for field work in Central Tibet
- 2001, University of Vienna, Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences, Austria: ‘Study Abroad Scholarship’
- 2001, Wittgenstein Award to Prof. Andre Gingrich, Austria: Project grant to research traditional medicine in Trongsa, Central Bhutan
- Conference travel and conference hosting grants
- 2014, PluRel - Religion in Pluralist Societies, University of Oslo: Lecture hosting grant for Oslo Buddhist Studies Forum, co-applicant: Ute Huesken
- 2013 PluRel - Religion in Pluralist Societies, University of Oslo: Lecture hosting grant for Oslo Buddhist Studies Forum, co-applicant: Ute Huesken
- 2013, Small departmental grant (Institute of Health and Society), for hosting international guest speaker in Medical Anthropology, and Tibetan & Himalayan Studies UiO
- 2012, The Trace Foundation
- 2011, The Trace Foundation
- 2011, Oesterreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft, Vienna
- 2010, UCL Graduate school, UK
- 2005, 2008, 2009, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research, Austria
- 2009, The Trace Foundation, USA
- 2006, UCL Graduate School, UK
- Image Awards
- 2009 Wellcome Image Award, UK
Fieldwork carried out in
- Tibet Autonomous Region, PRC
- Indian Himalayas
- Pakistan (Northern Areas)
- Rubin Museum of Art, NY
- Institute for Social Anthropology, OEAW
- UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity
Hofer, Theresia (2012) The Inheritance of Change – Transmission and Practice of Tibetan Medicine in Ngamring, Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde, University of Vienna.
Hofer, Theresia (ed.) 2014 Bodies in Balance - The Art of Tibetan Medicine. New York and Seattle: Rubin Museum of Art & University of Washington Press, 326 pp., 250 illus., 150 colour, 10 x 12 in.
Hofer, Theresia and Heidi Fjeld (eds.) 2011 Women and Gender in Tibetan Medicine, Special Issue, Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, Vol. 6(2), Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 258 pp., 99 colour illus.
Fjeld, Heidi and Theresia Hofer (2010/2011) ‘Introduction – Gender and Tibetan Medicine’, Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, 6(2): 175-216
Hofer, Theresia (2008) ‘Socio-economic Dimensions of Tibetan Medicine in the Tibet Autonomous Region, China – PART TWO, Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity 4(2): 174– 200
Hofer, Theresia (2008) ‘Socio-economic Dimensions of Tibetan medicine in the Tibet Autonomous Region, China – PART ONE, Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity 4(1): 492-514
Hofer, Theresia (2014) ‘Introduction: Tibetan medicine, Buddhism and the Visual Arts in Tibet.’ In: Hofer, T. (Ed.) Bodies in Balance - The Art of Tibetan Medicine, New York and Seattle: Rubin Museum of Art & University of Washington Press, pp. 3-14
Hofer, Theresia (2014) ‘Foundations of Tibetan Pharmacology and the Compounding of Tibetan Medicines.’ In: Hofer, T. (Ed.) Bodies in Balance - The Art of Tibetan Medicine, New York and Seattle: Rubin Museum of Art & University of Washington Press, pp. 46-63
Hofer, Theresia (2014) ‘Illustrated Materia Medica Prints, Manuscripts and Modern Books’, In: Hofer, T. (Ed.) Bodies in Balance - The Art of Tibetan Medicine, New York and Seattle: Rubin Museum of Art &University of Washington Press, pp. 226-245
Hofer, Theresia and knud Larsen (2014) ‘Pillars of Tibetan Medicine – History and Architecture of the Chagpori and Mentsikhang Medical Institutes in Lhasa’. (together with Knud Larsen) In: Hofer, T. (Ed.) Bodies in Balance - The Art of Tibetan Medicine, New York and Seattle: Rubin Museum of Art & University of Washington Press, pp. 257-267
Hofer, Theresia (forthcoming) 'Khyenrab Norbu's early 20th Century Mirror of the Moon Text on Assistance in Tibetan Childbirth - Translation and Analysis' In: Kazushi Iwao (Ed.) Proceedings of the Third Meeting of the International Association of Young Tibetologists, Kobe, September 2012. Kobe: Kobe City University Press.
Hofer, Theresia (2012) ‘Changing Representations of the Female Tibetan Medical Doctor Khandro Yangkar (1907–1973)’. In: McKay, A. and A. Balicki- Dengjongpa (eds.) Buddhist Himalayas: Studies in Religion, History and Culture. Proceedings of the Golden Jubilee Conference of the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology Gangtok, 2008, Vol. I: Tibet and the Himalaya.Gangtok: Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, pp. 99–122
Hofer, Theresia (2007) ‘Preliminary Investigations into New Oral and Textual Sources on Byang lugs - the 'Northern School' of Tibetan medicine.’ In: Schrempf, M. (Ed.)Soundings in Tibetan Medicine - Historical and Anthropological Explorations. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 373–410.
Hofer, Theresia (2006) "Die tibetischen Medizintraditionen aus Ngamring und deren Einfluss auf das medizinische Werk von Desi Sangye Gyatso (1653-1705), in: Der Rand und die Mitte - Beiträge zur Sozialanthropologie und Kulturgeschichte Tibets und des Himalaya. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Publications, pp.78–101.
Hofer, Theresia and Stephanie Rungaldier (2001) Health Care and Medical Systems in the Karakorum and Himalayan Region. In: Mountains 2001 (Ed.) Encounters– Integrated Regional development in Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan. Vienna: Society Mountains 2001 – Regional Perspectives, pp. 291–307.
Ferriman, Annabel (2009) ‘Recognising informative and striking images – Theresia Hofer’ British Medical Journal 2009; 339:b4231, p. 881.
Wellcome Image Award 2009
- Fjeld, Heidi E & Hofer, Theresia (2011). Women and Gender in Tibetan medicine.. Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity. ISSN 1573-420X. 6(2), s 175- 216
- Fjeld, Heidi E & Hofer, Theresia (2011). Women, gender and Tibetan medicine..