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The Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA) is a research facility of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In terms of geo­graphic and cultural area, research is done on East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia and Central Asia, which encom­passes the fields of Indo­logy, Tibeto­logy, Sino­logy, Japano­logy, Buddhist Studies and Reli­gious Studies. The research focus at the IKGA lies in the editing and analysis of original textual sources related to the philosophical and religious history of India and Tibet, as well as studies on the religious and mentality history of Japan. Most of the research deals with pre-modern history, attempting thereby at providing a basis for an understanding of the traditional foundations of the thought and action in modern Asian societies.

It is with deep regret that the fellows at the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia announce the death of their former colleague and friend Dr. Ritsu Akahane 赤羽律, who passed away on September 17, 2016, after a serious illness. He was 44 years old. Akahane received his PhD from Kyoto University in 2003. Before coming to Vienna, he was a research fellow at the 21st Century Center of Excellence Program at the Graduate School of Literature, Kyoto University, doing research on the two truths theory of the Madhyamaka School (especially Jñānagarbha's Satyadvayavibhaṅgavṛtti and its Tibetan commentaries). A respected and distinguished scholar, Akahane was a research fellow at the IKGA from 2011 to 2016. His focus was the development of Madhyamaka thought, especially the two truths theory in India, Tibet, and China. In a research project on Bhāviveka's Prajñāpradīpa, he worked primarily on historical questions pertaining to the lost original Sanskrit text by comparing its Tibetan and Chinese translations and analysing their divergencies. Akahane is survived by his wife and two children.


IKGA Colloquium

The institute's colloquium usually takes place on the first Tuesday of every month between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm in room 2.25 (IKGA, Hollandstr. 11-13/2, 1020 Wien). The colloquium is a platform for discussing current research at the institute and research literature. Guests are very welcome; in order to receive material please write to

Upcoming topics

  • 05.11.2019: Project application review
  • 10.12.2019: Digital editions II
  • 07.01.2020: Erika Forte, Contextualizing ancient remains: Network of Buddhist monasteries in Central Asia
  • 04.02.2020: Digital editions III

New Publications


  • Nina Mirnig, 2018
    Liberating the Liberated: Early Śaiva Tantric Death Rites. With Editions and Annotated Translations of Selected Passages of the Svāyambhuvasūtrasaṃgraha, Sarvajñānottara, Kiraṇa, and Jñānaratnāvalī. (BKGA 96.) Wien: VÖAW, 2018.
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  • Ernst Steinkellner, 2016
    Dharmakīrti's Hetubindu: Critically edited by Ernst Steinkellner on the basis of preparatory work by Helmut Krasser with a translation of the Gilgit fragment by Klaus Wille. (STTAR 19.) Beijing, Vienna: China Tibetology Publishing House and Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2016 (order online).
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  • Daniel M. Stuart, 2015
    A Less Traveled Path: Saddharmasmṛtyupasthānasūtra chapter 2. (STTAR 18.) Beijing, Vienna: China Tibetology Publishing House and Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2015 (order online).
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Andere Verlage

  • Margherita Serena Saccone, 2018
    On the Nature of Things: A Buddhist Debate on Cognitions and Their Object. With a Manuscript Description by Paolo Giunta. (Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde 94.) Wien: Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien, Universität Wien, 2018.
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  • Guntram Hazod, Shen Weirong, ed., 2018
    Tibetan Genealogies: Studies in Memoriam of Guge Tsering Gyalpo (1961-2015). Beijing: China Tibetology Publishing House, 2018.
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  • Elise Coquereau-Saouma, Elisa Freschi, ed., 2018
    The challenge of postcolonial philosophy in India: Too alien for contemporary philosophers, too modern for Sanskritists? (Special issue of Sophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions 57.3.) Springer, 2018.
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