[INDOLOGY] R: ANNOUNCEMENT> The End of Tibetology in Copenhagen

Paolo Eugenio Rosati paoloe.rosati at gmail.com
Sun Feb 14 13:13:52 UTC 2016

I call it "capitalistic society". We like it. We enjoy it. We do not anymore discuss it. These are the results.
Forgive my straight talking.
I wish prof. Sobisch all the best.

Paolo E. Rosati 
Oriental Archaeologist
PhD candidate in Civilisations of Asia & Africa
Section: South Asia
Dep. Italian Institute of Oriental Studies (ISO)
'Sapienza' University of Rome

paoloe.rosati at uniroma1.it
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----- Messaggio originale -----
Da: "Dipak Bhattacharya" <dipak.d2004 at gmail.com>
Inviato: ‎14/‎02/‎2016 11:03
A: "Matthew Kapstein" <mkapstei at uchicago.edu>
Cc: "Indology List" <indology at list.indology.info>
Oggetto: Re: [INDOLOGY] ANNOUNCEMENT> The End of Tibetology in Copenhagen

I feel very sorry for this. But this has been going on for long in Indology. Tibetology etc. I let my grief known. Do they serve any purpose? In any case I do not approve of the curtailment of education.

Best wishes for further efforts and restoration.

Dipak Bhattacharya

On Sun, Feb 14, 2016 at 2:03 AM, Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu> wrote:

Forgive me for the cross-posting, but some may be interested to respond to the message below
of Prof. Trine Brox and add your voices to those who are protested Pr. Jan-Ulrich Sobisch's


Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études, 
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT> The End of Tibetology in Copenhagen
by Trine Brox
Dear colleagues and friends,
After my colleague Jan-Ulrich Sobisch was fired on Tuesday and we thereby learned that Tibetology will be discontinued at the University of Copenhagen, so many of you have written personal messages and entries on social media, asking what you can do to help. I am very moved by the concern and solidarity that you show us in these tremendously difficult times. I also know that your support means a lot to Jan-Ulrich. Thank you!
With the shocking dismissal of Jan-Ulrich, who has been at the University of Copenhagen since 2003, they seem to sacrifice Tibetology as a maneuver to show the politicians that the University does indeed try to cut the costs of higher education. There is no other reason to discontinue Tibetology and dismiss Jan-Ulrich – he has an impressive publication record, he attracts external funding, he is part of international research networks, and he has dedicated students. However, by sacrificing Jan-Ulrich, we lose an educational program and many decades of a Tibetology research tradition in Denmark that will be impossibly difficult to rebuild in the future. What they are doing now is a catastrophe and must be stopped!
There is, in fact, something you can do which might help us protest.
Jan-Ulrich has until February 23, 10 o’clock, to appeal the decision. Only afterwards will they announce the final decision. I hope that we can influence the final decisions making if the international community of Tibet scholars protests immediately. I would request you to write individual letters to the Rector and Director of the Board of the University. Please write a few words about your opinion to close down Tibetology here and about Jan-Ulrich as a scholar, so that we may impress them before they make their final decision.
Please be so kind to send me also an electronic copy, if you agree that we may use it to send it to the Minister of Education and in a further media campaign. I will also plaster copies of your letter on the wall outside of our Department Director’s office.
Dear colleagues, I know that I am impinging on your precious time, but I ask you nonetheless to please take a few minutes and contribute to our fight to reinstate Jan-Ulrich in his job and to save the long tradition of Tibetan Studies at Copenhagen University.
If you have any questions or other ideas, then please write to me, Trine Brox, at trinebrox at hum.ku.dk.
Please send your original letters of protest to
Chairman of the Board of the University Director Nils Strandberg Pedersen
Rector Professor Ralf Hemmingsen
Rector's Office
Nørregade 10, PO Box 2177
DK-1017 Copenhagen K
Thank you very much for your help.
Best regards,
Trine Brox
Associate Professor
Modern Tibetan Studies
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
University of Copenhagen
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