Mathias Fermer

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  • Mag. Mathias Fermer

M.A. studies in Tibetology and Classic Indology at the Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, University of Hamburg.

Mathias Fermer joined the Institute in March 2011. His research interests include Tibetan religious history of the post-imperial time (from the 11th cent.), particularly the different teaching traditions within the Sakya sect, as well as Tibetan Buddhist painting traditions and the various aspects of colloquial Tibetan.

His dissertation project at the University of Vienna deals with the formation and influence of Sa skya monastic communities in the region of Southern Central Tibet (present-day Lhoka, TAR) from the middle of the 14th to the late 15th century, covering the hegemonic period of the Phag mo gru pa-s (1354–ca. 1480). It is being undertaken within the cross-disciplinary project framework of Visions of Community: Comparative Approaches to Ethnicity, Region and Empire in Christianity, Islam and Buddhism (400-1600 CE), in short VISCOM.


  • forthcoming "Putting Yar rgyab on the Map." In: Volker Caumanns and Marta Sernesi (eds.), Towards a History of 15th Century Tibet: Cultural Blossoming, Religious Fervour, and Political Unrest. LIRI Seminar Proceedings Series. Nepal: Lumbini International Research Institute.
  • 2016 "Yeshe Tendzin, a Twentieth-Century Painter from Gongkar. In: David Jackson, A Tibetan Artistic Genius and His Tradition: Khyentse Chenmo of Gongkar. New York: Rubin Museum of Art, 105-119 (chapter 4b).
  • 2016 "Mural Paintings of the Sakya Founding Masters with Two Hevajra Lineages". In: David Jackson, A Tibetan Artistic Genius and His Tradition: Khyentse Chenmo of Gongkar. New York: Rubin Museum of Art, 284-301 (chapter 12).
  • 2016 "Among Teachers and Monastic Enclaves: An Inquiry into the Buddhist Learning of Medieval Tibet". In: Eirik Hovden, Christina Lutter and Walter Pohl (eds.), Meanings of Community across Medieval Eurasia. Leiden: Brill, 417-450 (doi: 10.1163/9789004315693_019). Pdf download at Brill Online
  • 2014 "Tibetische Meister und ihr »befreites Wirken«: Auf Spurensuche monastischer Gemeinschaften in den Lebensgeschichten des mittelalterlichen Tibet". Historicum 31, 34-39.

Web Projects

  • Dzongpa Literature Project (DLP) / རྫོང་པ་རིག་མཛོད།, online catalog of Dzongpa literature, in co-operation with Gongkar Choede Monastery, Dehradun (India); public launch planned for July 2017
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