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M.A. studies in Tibetology and Classical 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.

Fermer's dissertation project 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.


  • 2018 (with Tsering Drongshar) "dPal ldan sa skya pa'i gdung rabs yig rnying khag gi ngo sprod." Cho Dung Karpo 14, Gongkar Choede Monastery, Dehra dun, U.P.
  • 2017 "Putting Yar rgyab on the Map." In: Volker Caumanns and Marta Sernesi (eds.), Fifteenth Century Tibet: Cultural Blossoming and Political Unrest. LIRI Seminar Proceedings Series. Nepal: Lumbini International Research Institute, 63-96. (doi: 10.1553/0x0038c0ea). Pdf download at epub.oeaw
  • 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, 105-119 (chapter 4b). Online version at Issuu
  • 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, 284-301 (chapter 12). Online version at Issuu
  • 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. Pdf download at epub.OAW

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  • Dzongpa Literature Project (DLP) / རྫོང་པ་རིག་མཛོད།, online catalog of Dzongpa literature, in co-operation with Gongkar Choede Monastery, Dehradun (India); closed beta-phase
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