Amdo Research Network

About the

ARN Board

The board should num­ber max. 6 peo­ple in order to rep­re­sent the aca­d­e­m­ic diver­si­ty of the ARN’s research foci, while at the same time remain­ing small enough to be eas­i­ly man­aged. The pri­ma­ry pur­pose of the board is to ensure the con­ti­nu­ity and devel­op­ment of the Amdo Research Net­work, reg­u­lar work­shops of the net­work, as well as the net­work’s pri­ma­ry pub­li­ca­tion, the Map­ping Amdo series. The actu­al imple­men­ta­tion of both the work­shop and the series should be del­e­gat­ed, although board mem­bers can par­tic­i­pate in either activity.

Board mem­bers deter­mine the gen­er­al scope, direc­tions and aca­d­e­m­ic prin­ci­ples underlying

a) the ARN workshop,

and b) the Map­ping Amdo series.

The actu­al imple­men­ta­tion and organ­i­sa­tion­al respon­si­bil­i­ties of hold­ing an actu­al work­shop is del­e­gat­ed to a work­shop organ­is­ing committee.

The main respon­si­bil­i­ty for prepar­ing a par­tic­u­lar Map­ping Amdo series is the task of the edi­tors of each issue. Edi­tors are appoint­ed by and can be released from their roles by a board major­i­ty vote.

In regards to a planned work­shop or Map­ping Amdo issue, board mem­bers can raise issues or con­cerns, or pro­pose changes. If nec­es­sary, the board can enforce such sug­ges­tions based on a major­i­ty vote. How­ev­er, con­sen­su­al agree­ment is by far the pre­ferred method for any decision-making.

Any vote on any issue can be pro­posed by any board member.

New board mem­bers should in principle:

  • Be knowl­edge­able in an aca­d­e­m­ic field rel­e­vant to the research foci of the ARN, and have at some point con­duct­ed their own field­work in the ARN research area (as defined above).
  • Pos­sess sig­nif­i­cant lin­guis­tic abil­i­ties in at least one lan­guage rel­e­vant to the ARN research area (e.g. Tibetan, Chi­nese, Mongolian).
  • There­fore, should be capa­ble and in gen­er­al be will­ing to act as a peer review­er for the Map­ping Amdo series if asked to do so by the cur­rent edi­tors (peer review is only pos­si­ble for board mem­bers with a com­plet­ed PhD).
  • Should in gen­er­al hold a PhD degree in a rel­e­vant field. How­ev­er, those who are in the process of com­plet­ing a PhD can also be admitted.


Jus­ti­fied excep­tions from these require­ments are pos­si­ble, but should remain exceptions.


The aca­d­e­m­ic expe­ri­ence and exper­tise of new board mem­bers should ide­al­ly main­tain or enhance the diver­si­ty rep­re­sent­ed with­in the board.


New board mem­bers can be nom­i­nat­ed and vot­ed for by the ARN mem­bers through gen­er­al votes (the major­i­ty of present mem­bers is deci­sive), either at the occa­sion of a ARN work­shop or via the ARN mail­ing list.


Board mem­bers can require anoth­er mem­ber to leave the board, again based on a 66 per­cent major­i­ty. Here, the per­son whose mem­ber­ship is sub­ject to such a vote can­not par­tic­i­pate in the voting.


Per­sons who are no longer able or will­ing to ful­fil the gen­er­al respon­si­bil­i­ties of board mem­bers, espe­cial­ly of con­tribut­ing to the con­ti­nu­ity and devel­op­ment of the ARN, should con­sid­er leav­ing the board.


Cur­rent ARN
Board members 

  • Katia Buf­fetrille (EPHE, Paris)
  • Huatse Gyal (Rice Uni­ver­si­ty, Houston)
  • Palden Gyal (PhD can­di­date, Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty, New York)
  • Bian­ca Hor­le­mann (Inde­pen­dent scholar)
  • Tashi Rab­gye (Elliott School of Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies, Wash­ing­ton, D.C.)
  • Ben­no Wein­er (Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­si­ty, Pittsburgh)
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