“Paper”, Binding, Book: Perspectives from Japan, India, and Tibet

Join Himalaya Program Steering Committee member Dr. Dagmar Schwerk in a roundtable comparative discussion on book cultures in Japan, Tibet, and India. Dr. Schwerk will discuss paper production, book formats, and binding in Tibet and Himalayan regions.

To begin the event, there will be a lecture on Japanese paper production, binding techniques, and book formats with book history expert Dr. Takahiro Sasaki (Keio University)–presenting in Japanese with English translation. Following this talk will be a roundtable discussion with UBC Asian Studies professors Dr. Adheesh Sathaye, Dr. Dagmar Schwerk, and Dr. Hasan Siddiqui.

Professor Sasaki heads the Keio University Institute of Oriental Classics (Shidō Bunko), a collection of 170,000 rare books and research materials on Japan and Asia. A leading researcher of book history, in 2016 he published Nihon koten shoshigakuron, a monograph on Japanese bibliography studies. As a developer of pedagogy on rare books, he has created multiple online courses via FutureLearn, including Japanese Culture Through Rare Books, Sino-Japanese Interactions Through Rare Books, and The Art of Washi Paper in Japanese Rare Books offered.

Dr. Adheesh Sathaye is an associate professor specializing in early medieval Sanskrit drama, aesthetics, and narrative literature.

Dr. Dagmar Schwerk is a Khyentse Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Tibetan Buddhist Studies and Steering Committee Member of the UBC Himalaya Program researching Tibetan Buddhism with a focus on the intellectual, political, and social history of Bhutan.

Dr. Hasan Siddiqui is a postdoctoral fellow in Asian Studies researching the social and cultural history of early modern South Asia and the Mughal empire.

Sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the UBC Centre for Asian Research.