Amdo Research Network


Mapping Amdo

The edi­tion Map­ping Amdo serves as the writ­ten plat­form of the ARN. It pro­vides space for pub­li­ca­tion of papers from var­i­ous dis­ci­plines con­cern­ing the Amdo region. The aim of the Map­ping Amdo series is to con­tribute to the cre­ation of a com­pre­hen­sive pic­ture of Amdo and to serve not only the aca­d­e­m­ic, but as well the broad­er pub­lic, facil­i­tat­ing a deep­er under­stand­ing of this mul­ti­cul­tur­al and mul­ti­eth­nic region.

Mapping Amdo Series
Edition of the ARN publishing academic papers on the Amdo area

  • Pub­lish­ing of the Map­ping Amdo vol­umes fol­lows usu­al­ly the ARN workshops.
  • Pub­li­ca­tion is super­vised by a team of edi­tors, who are appoint­ed or con­firmed by the board.
  • Pub­li­ca­tions have to be based on sig­nif­i­cant orig­i­nal research con­duct­ed in or in rela­tion to the ARN’s focus region, and reflect an abil­i­ty to con­duct research that involves knowl­edge of an orig­i­nal lan­guage rel­e­vant to the ARN’s focus region,
  • They must con­form to accept­able stan­dards of aca­d­e­m­ic work and a min­i­mum stan­dard of Eng­lish writ­ing skills.
  • All pub­li­ca­tions will under­go a peer-review process. Sub­mis­sions may be reject­ed by the edi­tors based on neg­a­tive peer review eval­u­a­tion reports. Peer review­ers must be con­duct­ed by per­sons with a com­plet­ed PhD in a rel­e­vant field, who pos­sess rel­e­vant knowl­edge and exper­tise, and who have pub­lished peer-reviewed publications.
  • If the num­ber of sub­mis­sions exceeds the num­ber of papers that can be pub­lished in a giv­en vol­ume, the edi­tors may choose to pub­lish only the best sub­mis­sions, or those that best fit a giv­en theme.
  • Those sub­mit­ting pub­li­ca­tions need not have pre­sent­ed a paper at an ARN workshop.


1st Vol­ume (2017)
2nd Vol­ume (2019)
3rd Vol­ume (forth­com­ing)

Further Publications on Amdo


Wein­er, Ben­no. This is Absolute­ly Not a Hui Rebel­lion!’ The Eth­nop­o­l­i­tics of Great Nation­al­i­ty Chau­vin­ism in Ear­ly-Maoist Chi­na,” Twen­ti­eth-Cen­tu­ry Chi­na, 48.3 (2023), 208229


Grant, Andrew. The Con­crete Plateau: Urban Tibetans and the Chi­nese Civ­i­liz­ing Mis­sion. Itha­ca, NY: Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2022.

The Thou­sand-House­hold Com­man­der’s Wind­ing Road: The Auto-Nar­ra­tive of Sha­wo Tser­ing. Trans­lat­ed by Han­ni­bal Taubes, with an Intro­duc­tion by Ben­no Wein­er. Wax­ing Moon, v. 22022


Willock, Nicole. Lin­eages of the Lit­er­ary: Tibetan Bud­dhist Poly­maths of Social­ist Chi­na. By Nicole Willock. New York, Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2021


Bar­nett, Robert, Ben­no Wein­er, and Françoise Robin, eds. Con­flict­ing Mem­o­ries: Tibetan His­to­ry Under Mao Retold. Lei­den: Brill, 2020.

Li, Jian­glin. When the Iron Bird Flies: China’s Secret War in Tibet. Stan­ford: Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2022

Sul­li­van, Bren­ton. Build­ing a Reli­gious empire: Tibetan Bud­dhism, Bureau­cra­cy, and the Rise of the Geluk­pa. Philadel­phia: Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia Press, 2020

Wein­er, Ben­no. The Chi­nese Rev­o­lu­tion on the Tibetan Fron­tier. Itha­ca, NY: Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2020

Wein­er, Ben­no. The Apo­r­ia of Re-remem­ber­ing: Amdo’s Ear­ly-Lib­er­a­tion Peri­od in the Qing­hai Wen­shi Ziliao.”In Con­flict­ing Mem­o­ries: Tibet under Mao Retold. Edit­ed by Robert Bar­nett, Ben­no Wein­er, and Françoise Robin. Lei­den: Brill, 2020


Erhard, F.X. Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Pow­er and Hege­mo­ny in Con­tem­po­rary Fic­tion from Amdo: Tséring Döndrub’s Nov­el Fog” In Map­ping Amdo — Dynam­ics of Pow­er edit­ed by Ute Wal­len­boeck, Bian­ca Hor­le­mann, and Jarmi­la Ptack­o­va, Archivni ori­en­tal­ni: Sup­ple­men­ta, 2019


Cencetti, E. Pas­toral­ists with­out Live­stock: Per­cep­tions of Work and Liveli­hood Strate­gies in New Set­tle­ments on the Amdo-Qing­hai Tibetan Plateau.” Himalayan Dis­cov­er­ies 2, no. 1. 3344, 2018

Mak­ley, C. 2018. The Bat­tle for For­tune: State-led Devel­op­ment, Per­son­hood and Pow­er Among Tibetans in Chi­na. Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty Press and Weath­er­head East Asian Institute.

Mak­ley, C. (with Donyul Don­drup and Abho). “ I will nev­er for­get that day’ ”: A con­ver­sa­tion with for­mer vil­lage leader Gabzang,” in Robert Bar­nett, Ben­no Wein­er and Fran­coise Robin, eds., Re-remem­ber­ing Ear­ly Con­tact between Tibetans and the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Par­ty in the post-Mao Peri­od. Brill.

Mak­ley, C. (with Donyul Don­drup). The Body Hair that Grows on the Head: Man­la-kyab’s Views on Hair and Hair­styles’ (2009),” in Fran­coise Robin and Nicholas Sih­le (eds.), The Cul­tur­al Pol­i­tics of Hair in Tibet.

Sangjie Zhaxi (Sangs rgyas bkra shis) and C. K. Stu­art. Tibetan Dai­ly Life on the gCan tsha thang Grass­land.” Himalayan Dis­cov­er­ies 2, no. 1. 111150.

Vir­ta­nen, R.J. Ordi­nary Heroes and Hero­ines? Fic­tion­al Sto­ries of Tibetan Life in the Coun­try­side in the gTsang and A mdo Region.” Himalayan Dis­cov­er­ies 2, no. 1. 5994.


Mak­ley, C. The Abstract State: Dilem­mas of Sov­er­eign­ty and Scale Among Tibetans in Chi­na,” in, Jarmi­la Ptack­o­va and Adri­an Zenz (eds.), Amdo: Dynam­ics of Change, rill. Pt kov , J. and Zenz, A. (eds.). 2017. Map­ping Amdo: Dynam­ics of Change, Arch v Ori­ent ln . Sup­ple­men­ta X, Prague: Ori­ent ln stav.

Ptack­o­va, J. Orches­trat­ed envi­ron­men­tal migra­tion in West­ern Chi­na. In E. Stern­feld (ed.), Rout­ledge Hand­book of Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­i­cy in Chi­na, Lon­don: Rout­ledge, 223236.

Ptack­o­va, J. The Enclo­sure Move­ment in East­ern Tibetan Pas­toral­ist Areas — An Analy­sis of Objec­tives and Real­i­ties. In A. Gruschke and I. Breuer (eds.), Tibetan Pas­toral­ists and Devel­op­ment, Wies­baden: Reichert, 121130.

Robin, F. Gang­shun and the Rise of Cap­i­tal­ism with Tibetan Char­ac­ter­is­tics”, High Peaks Pure Earth, Octo­ber 2017.


Mak­ley, C. Khe­drup Gyat­so: Monk Between Worlds,” in Jef­frey Samuels, Mark Rowe, and Justin McDaniel eds., Fig­ures of Bud­dhist Moder­ni­ty in Asia. Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii Press. 

Mak­ley, C. Review of the book Love and Lib­er­a­tion: Auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal Writ­ings of the Tibetan Bud­dhist Vision­ary Sera Khan­dro, by Sarah H. Jaco­by. Jour­nal of the His­to­ry of Sex­u­al­i­ty 25(3), 527529

Ptack­o­va, J. Mak­ing Space for Devel­op­ment. A Study on Reset­tle­ment from the Longyangx­ia Water Reser­voir Area of Qing­hai Province.Inner Asia 18, 152166.

Ptack­o­va, J. Urban­isierung im Naturschutzge­bi­et der Drei Flussquellen in Qing­hai: Die Sesshaftigkeit tibetis­ch­er Hirten als Folge von Umweltschutz- und Entwick­lungs­maß­nah­men. In R. Altenburg­er und E. Bent­mann (Eds.), Raum und Gren­ze in den Chi­na-Stu­di­en, Har­ras­sowitz, 121136.


Hille, Marie-Paule, Bian­ca Hor­le­mann and Paul Nietup­s­ki (eds.). Mus­lims in Amdo Tibetan Soci­ety. Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Approach­es. Lan­ham, MD: Lex­ing­ton Books. 

Bian­ca Hor­le­mann West­ern Trav­el­ogues and Research Reports on Gan­su and Qing­hai,” Asian High­lands Per­spec­tives 37:3778, 2015

Hor­le­mann, Bian­ca. Vic­tims of Mod­ern­iza­tion? Strug­gles between the Goloks and the Mus­lim Ma War­lords in Qing­hai, 19171942,” in Mus­lims in Amdo Tibetan Soci­ety: Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Approach­es, ed. by Marie-Paule Hille, Bian­ca Hor­le­mann and Paul K. Nietup­s­ki. Lan­ham: Lex­ing­ton, 15377.

Mak­ley, C. On the Edge of Respectabil­i­ty: Sex­u­al Pol­i­tics in China’s Tibet” in The Gen­der, Cul­ture, Pow­er Read­er, Dorothy Hodg­son, ed., Oxford: Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press.

Mak­ley, C. The Sociopo­lit­i­cal Lives of Dead Bod­ies: Tibetan Self-Immo­la­tion Protest as Mass Media.” Cul­tur­al Anthro­pol­o­gy 30(3) (August).

Ptack­o­va, J. A Seden­tari­sa­tion Suc­cess for Tibetan Pas­toral­ists in Qing­hai?” Nomadic Peo­ples 19(2), 221240.

Robin, F. Car­ing for Wom­en’s Words and Wom­en’s Bod­ies: A Field Note on Pal­mo and her Demoness Wel­fare Asso­ci­a­tion for Women”, in N. Schnei­der et M. Schrempf (dir.), Revue d’E­tudes Tibé­taines 34Women as Vision­ar­ies, Heal­ers and Agents of Social Trans­for­ma­tion in the Himalayas, Tibet and Mon­go­lia, pp. 153169


Mak­ley, C. Spec­tac­u­lar Com­pas­sion: Nat­ur­al’ Dis­as­ters and Nation­al Mourn­ing in Chi­na’s Tibet,” Crit­i­cal Asian Stud­ies 46 (3): 371404.

Mak­ley, C. Review Essay. Jin­ba, Ten­zin. In the Land of the East­ern Queen­dom,” Jour­nal of Asian Stud­ies 73(4): 10841087.

Mak­ley, C. The Amoral Oth­er: State-led Devel­op­ment and Moun­tain Deity Cults among Tibetans in Amdo Reb­gong,” in Emi­ly Yeh and Chris Cog­gins, eds., Map­ping Shangri­la: Nature, Per­son­hood, and Poli­ty in the Sino-Tibetan Bor­der­lands. Seat­tle: Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton Press.

Ptack­o­va, J. Urban Liveli­hood Strate­gies of Pas­toral­ists and Semi-Pas­toral­ists in Rur­al Qing­hai, Chi­na. Zhong­guo xibu kaifa yan­jiu lian­heti di 9 jie xueshu nian­hui huiyi lun­wen ji. Guizhou, Guian xin­qu. 128136.


Dhondup, Y., Samuel, G. & Pagel, U. (Eds.). 2013. Monas­tic and Lay Tra­di­tions in North East­ern Tibet, Lei­den: Brill.

Dhondup, Y. Rules and Reg­u­la­tions of the Reb kong Tantric Com­mu­ni­ty.” In Y. Dhondup, G. Samuel & U. Pagel (Eds.), Monas­tic and Lay Tra­di­tions in North-East­ern Tibet. Lei­den: Brill, 117140.

Erhard, F.X. Remem­ber­ing His­to­ry in Amdo: Three Lit­er­ary Accounts for the Years from 1956 to 1976.” In Cur­rent Issues and Progress in Tibetan Stud­ies: Pro­ceed­ings of the Third Inter­na­tion­al Sem­i­nar of Young Tibetol­o­gists.”: Edit­ed by Tsug­uhi­to Takeuchi, Kazushi Iwao, Nishi­da Ai, Sei­ji Kuma­gai, and Meishi Yamamo­to. Spe­cial issue, Kobe City Uni­ver­si­ty of For­eign Stud­ies Jour­nal of Research Insti­tute 51: 10323.

Mak­ley, C. The Pol­i­tics of Pres­ence: Voice, Deity Pos­ses­sion, and Dilem­mas of Devel­op­ment Among Tibetans in the PRC,” Com­par­a­tive Stud­ies in Soci­ety and His­to­ry 55 (3): 665700.

Mak­ley, C. Reb­gong’s Klu rol and the Pol­i­tics of Pres­ence: Method­olog­i­cal Con­sid­er­a­tions,” in Uni­ty and Diver­si­ty: Monas­tic and Non-monas­tic Tra­di­tions in North-east Tibet. Yang­don Dhondup, Ulrich Pagel, Geof­frey Samuels. eds. Lei­den: Brill.

Mak­ley, C. Book Review. Craig, Sien­na. Heal­ing Ele­ments: Effi­ca­cy and the Social Ecolo­gies of Tibetan Med­i­cine, in Com­par­a­tive Stud­ies in Soci­ety and His­to­ry.


Dhondup, Y. Rig dzin Dpal ldan bkra shis (16881743) and The Emer­gence of a Tantric Com­mu­ni­ty in Reb kong, A mdo (Qing­hai).” The Jour­nal of the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Bud­dhist Stud­ies (JIABS) 34/12, 330.

Mak­ley, C. The Polit­i­cal Lives of Dead Bod­ies,” in Cul­tur­al Anthro­pol­o­gy Hot Spot Forum: Self-Immo­la­tion as Protest in Tibet (April).

Ptack­o­va, J. Imple­men­ta­tion of Reset­tle­ment Pro­grams among Pas­toral­ist Com­mu­ni­ties in East­ern Tibet. In H. Kreutz­mann (Ed.),Pastoral prac­tices in High Asia, Springer; 217235.

Robin, F. La révolte en Amdo en 1958,” in K. Buf­fetrille and F. Robin (eds.), L’his­toire du Tibet du XVI­Ième au XXIème siè­cle, Rap­port de groupe inter­par­lemen­taire d’amitié N° 104, 2012, pp. 4556


Dhondup, Y. Reb kong: Reli­gion, His­to­ry and Iden­ti­ty of a Sino-Tibetan bor­der­land town ”, Revue d’Etudes Tibé­taines, no. 20, Avril 2011, pp. 3359

Erhard, F.X. Con­struct­ed Iden­ti­ties and Con­tem­po­rary Tibetan Lit­er­a­ture: The Fic­tion of the A‑m­do-ba Skyabs-chen bde-grol and the Lha-sa-ba Dpal-’byor.” In Map­ping the Mod­ern in Tibet. Edit­ed by Gray Tut­tle, 41934. Beiträge zur Zen­tralasien­forschung 24. Halle (Saale): Inter­na­tion­al Insti­tute for Tibetan and Bud­dhist Stud­ies (IITBS).

Ptack­o­va, J. Seden­tari­sa­tion of Tibetan nomads in Chi­na. Imple­men­ta­tion of the Nomadic set­tle­ment’ project in the Tibetan Amdo area; Qing­hai and Sichuan Provinces.” Pas­toral­ism: Research, Pol­i­cy and Prac­tice; Springer Open Journal.

Vir­ta­nen, Riika J. Tibetan Writ­ten Images. A Study of Imagery in the Writ­ings of Dhondup Gyal.” Ori­en­tal­is­tis­che Lit­er­aturzeitung 111 (2): 19092


Mak­ley, C. Minzu, Mar­ket and the Man­dala: Nation­al Exhi­bi­tion­ism and Tibetan Bud­dhist Revival in Post-Mao Chi­na.” in Faiths on Dis­play, Tim­o­thy Oakes and Don­ald Sut­ton, eds. Routledge.

Ptack­o­va, J. The seden­ta­riza­tion process in Tibetan nomadic areas of Qing­hai, Chi­na.” Mon­go­lo-Tibet­i­ca Pra­gen­sia, Karlo­va Uni­verzi­ta, Pra­ha; 157182.

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