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Theresia Hofer

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Community Medicine
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Visiting address Kirkeveien 166 Fredrik Holsts hus 0450 OSLO
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Academic interests

  • 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

Courses taught

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.

Academic Qualifications

  • 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

Awards

  • 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
  • Bhutan
  • Indian Himalayas
  • Pakistan (Northern Areas)
  • Nepal

Partners

Publications

MONOGRAPH

Hofer, Theresia (2012) The Inheritance of Change – Transmission and Practice of Tibetan Medicine in Ngamring, Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde, University of Vienna.

Review: Himalaya, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, by Sienna R. Craig

EDITED VOLUMES

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.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

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

BOOK CHAPTERS

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.

IMAGES

Ferriman, Annabel (2009) ‘Recognising informative and striking images – Theresia Hofer’ British Medical Journal 2009; 339:b4231, p. 881.

Wellcome Image Award 2009

  • Hofer, Theresia (2014). Foundations of Tibetan Pharmacology and the Compounding of Tibetan Medicines, In Theresia Hofer (ed.),  Bodies in Balance - The Art of Tibetan Medicine.  Rubin Museum of Art and University of Washintgon Press.  ISBN 978-0-295-99359-1.  Chapter 3.  s 46 - 63
  • Hofer, Theresia (2014). Illustrated Materia Medica Prints, Manuscripts and Modern Books, In Theresia Hofer (ed.),  Bodies in Balance - The Art of Tibetan Medicine.  Rubin Museum of Art and University of Washintgon Press.  ISBN 978-0-295-99359-1.  Chapter 11.  s 226 - 245
  • Hofer, Theresia (2014). Introduction: Tibetan medicine, Buddhism and the Visual Arts in Tibet, In Theresia Hofer (ed.),  Bodies in Balance - The Art of Tibetan Medicine.  Rubin Museum of Art and University of Washintgon Press.  ISBN 978-0-295-99359-1.  Introduction.  s 3 - 14
  • Hofer, Theresia & Larsen, Knud (2014). Pillars of Tibetan Medicine – History and Architecture of the Chagpori and Mentsikhang Medical Institutes in Lhasa, In Theresia Hofer (ed.),  Bodies in Balance - The Art of Tibetan Medicine.  Rubin Museum of Art and University of Washintgon Press.  ISBN 978-0-295-99359-1.  Vignette 3.  s 257 - 267
  • 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
  • Hofer, Theresia (2010). Introduction – Women and Gender in Tibetan Medicine. Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity.  ISSN 1573-420X.  6(2), s 175- 216
  • Hofer, Theresia (2008). Socio-economic Dimensions of Tibetan Medicine in the Tibet Autonomous Region, China – Part Two. Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity.  ISSN 1573-420X.  4(2), s 174- 200
  • Hofer, Theresia (2008). Socio-economic Dimensions of Tibetan medicine in the Tibet Autonomous Region, China – Part One. Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity.  ISSN 1573-420X.  4(1), s 492- 514

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  • Hofer, Theresia (ed.) (2014). Bodies in Balance - The Art of Tibetan Medicine. Rubin Museum of Art and University of Washintgon Press.  ISBN 978-0-295-99359-1.  326 s.
  • Hofer, Theresia (2012). The Inheritance of Change – Transmission and Practice of Tibetan Medicine in Ngamring. Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde.  ISBN 9783902501141.  418 s.
  • Hofer, Theresia (ed.) (2010). Special Issue: Women and Gender in Tibetan Medicine. Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 978-3-902501-14-1.  259 s.

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  • Hofer, Theresia (2014, 15. mars). A Medicine of Oneness, Body, Soul And Stars.  New York Times.
  • Hofer, Theresia (2014). Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine.
  • Hofer, Theresia (2014, 24. april). Health Through Harmony .  Wall Street Journal.
  • Hofer, Theresia (2014, 28. januar). Phlegmish Art: Can Tibetan Medical Paintings Cure Your Cold . [Fagblad].  ARTNews, by Stephanie Strasnick,.
  • Hofer, Theresia (2014, 22. mars). The Art that Shows How Buddha Cures. [Radio].  New York Public Radio Broadcast.
  • Fjeld, Heidi E & Hofer, Theresia (2011). Women, gender and Tibetan medicine..
  • Hofer, Theresia (2009, 17. oktober). Recognising informative and striking images. [Fagblad].  British Medical Journal.
  • Hofer, Theresia (2009). Wellcome Image Award.
  • Hofer, Theresia (2007). Swami Laxmi Ram's pharmacy in Jaipur, India . Wellcome History.  ISSN 1477-4860.  (34), s 1- 3

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