Theresia Hofer

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Academic interests

  • Social and medical anthropology of Tibet and the Himalayas
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • International development and global health
  • Anthropological approaches to history and memory
  • Engaged and collaborative ethnographic research

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 Anthropology & Medical History, University College London

Awards

  • Research grants
    • 2015, Wellcome Research Fellowship, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford
    • 2012, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship, HELSAM, University of Oslo
    • 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 (forthcoming, 2016) Medicine on the Margins: Memory, Agency and Reform in Tibet, Seattle: University of Washington Press. ‘Studies of Ethnic Groups in China’ series, edited by Stevan Harrell.

(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

Hofer, Theresia (2016, in press) ‘Is Lhasa Tibetan Sign Language (TSL) Emerging, Endangered, or Both? Notes on TSL’s History, Linguistic Vitality and Tibetan Signers in the Tibet Autonomous Region’. International Journal of the Sociology of Language.

Hofer, Theresia 2015 ‘Gender and Medicine in Kham: An Analysis of the Medical Work and Life of Derge Phurpa Dolma’. Revue d’Etudes Tibetaines. No. 34, Décembre 2015, pp. 53-77. (Open Access)

Hofer, Theresia 2015 ‘(Co)Producing Efficacious Medicines: Collaborative Event Ethnography with Tibetan Medicine Practitioners in Kathmandu, Nepal’. C. Blaikie, S. Craig, B. Gerke and T. Hofer. Current Anthropology 56(2): 178-204. (Open Access)

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

  • Blaikie, Calum; Craig, Sienna; Gerke, Barbara & Hofer, Theresia (2015). Coproducing efficacious medicines: Collaborative event ethnography with himalayan and tibetan sowa rigpa practitioners. Current Anthropology.  ISSN 0011-3204.  56(2), s 178- 204 . doi: 10.1086/680464
  • 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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