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Interview on Metaphors in Bhutanese Legal Codes with Dagmar Schwerk

Our former research fellow Dagmar Schwerk is back in Leipzig with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship on Buddhism, Diplomacy, and Travel: Identity- and Nation-Building in Bhutan. She investigates Bhutan’s identity- and nation-building by analysing a thus far untranslated collection of Bhutanese and Tibetan textual sources. Findings will shed light on Bhutan’s religious and political history since the 1800s that led to today’s sustainable development model of Gross National Happiness (GNH), a holistic approach to implementing the population’s happiness and well-being.

Last November, she gave a guest lecture at the SFB 1475 “Metaphors of Religion” at the Center for Religious Studies (CERES) at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Her talk was entitled “’Tighter Than a Silken Knot and Heavier Than a Golden Yoke’: Tibetan Metaphors of the Religious and Political Between Imagination and Social Reality”. CERES has recently published a a follow-up interview online.

The complete interview is available here.