Photographs from De long en large Ladakh by Jean Mansion - Édition Findakly. Copyright Lise Mansion

Nepal HeritageThe Nepal Heritage Documentation Project

The ARCH wishes to salute the Nepal Heritage Documentation Project (NHDP), led by the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. Visit the project’s website to learn more about its goals and the great amount of work already done towards the recording and preservation of Nepal’s heritage.

The Nepal Heritage Documentation Project (NHDP) is building comprehensive digital records of Nepal's endangered historical cultural monuments. These include temples, monasteries, palaces, as well as smaller shrines, arcaded platforms, fountains, and other historic buildings. NHDP is the first project to comprehensively photograph, record, describe, and analyse these structures and make the records available in a freely accessible database. The project focuses on the Kathmandu Valley, western Nepal, and other sites culturally and historically associated with the Kathmandu Valley. It aims to document and inventory more than 2000 monuments, 2500 inscriptions, and 8000 objects, as well as the unique intangible cultural heritage associated with the monuments: rituals, festivals, and other social and religious events and practices.

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The data resulting from the documentation is added to the Digital Archive of Nepalese Arts and Architecture (DANAM) and Heidelberg University Library's image database, HeidICON, and on HeiDATA. The datasets contain structured information (in English and Nepali) about the monuments, i.e., information about their location, history, architectural structure, and religious and social activities. They also include historical and recent photographs, maps, plans and drawings, and transcriptions of inscriptions. The team in Germany and Nepal consists of about 20 experts from the fields of history, architecture, ethnology, Indology and heritage management. IT specialists ensure high-quality data management.

DANAM is based on Arches (v.4), an open-source software platform for cultural heritage inventory and management developed jointly by the Getty Conservation Institute and the World Monuments Fund. All content is available to the public free of charge.

• Project website:, heidICON
• Funded by: Arcadia Fund, UK
• Duration of Project: 2018-2026 (Pilotphase 2018-2020)
• Head Office: Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) at Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS)
• Partners: Saraf Foundation for Himalayan Traditions and Culture, Kathmandu; Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften (HAdW); I3 Mainz; UB Heidelberg; UNESCO Nepal; Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT), Department of Archaeology (DoA), Nepal.
• Contact in Heidelberg: Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius, Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels

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Gregoire SchlemmerWhat is a spiritual entity?

Pragmatic approach to a "nameless religion" of the Sino-Indian margins.
Seminar of the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), Religious Sciences section

Grégoire Schlemmer

Every other Wednesday, from 3 March to 19 May, 10am-12pm

Gods, spirits, genies, ghosts, etc. What realities do these words designate, both for those who think them and for the researcher? How can we approach these evanescent entities, but at the heart of what we call the religious? How can we account for the way they are conceived, lived and, above all, what is built around them? What do they reveal about a society? These are some of the questions that will animate this seminar. This research will be based on a specific ethnography - that of the Kulung people of Nepal - which is part of this singular cultural area on the Sino-Indian margins. Using data from this society, we will seek to simultaneously develop the object, the methodology to account for it, and its epistemological underpinnings, which will lead us to revisit numerous themes from anthropology and religious sciences. 

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This seminar, open to all (on request), is aimed more particularly at master and doctoral students as well as researchers, and can be validated as a UE of thematic deepening of the Master Science of Religions and Society (SRS).

Contact : gregoire.schlemmer(a)

Sessions will be held via videoconference (as well as face-to-face if feasible) on March 3, 17 and 31, April 14, May 5 and 19 at the following link:

You can also call using your phone. (With compatible devices, touch the direct access number below to instantly join the session).

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Editions KailashMeeting with Kailash Editions

Meeting with Editions Kailash and its director Raj de Condappa.

Saturday, March 6 from 12:00 to 18:00 and Saturday, March 13 from 12:00 to 18:00.

Galerie librairie IMPRESSIONS

17 rue Meslay 75003 Paris - 01 42 76 00 26

Métro République ou Temple

With the curfew, temporary adaptation of the gallery schedules of the library IMPRESSIONS gallery:

Open only every Saturday from 12h to 18h.

Sccording to the new regulations: The bookstore is an essential business

Kailash Editions

Kailash editions is a French-Indian company founded in 1991 and specialized in Asia, located in Paris and Pondicherry.

The editorial work and all the manufacturing are organized in our workshops in Pondicherry. An original visual identity, hand-screened covers, on natural or recycled colored papers, highlight our catalog which now includes more than 180 titles. Nine collections present works by French and Asian writers, travelers and novelists of yesterday and today, as well as specialists on this continent.

In a perspective of cultural exchanges between India, Southeast Asian countries and France, Kailash editions are distributed in France and Asia.

Affiche S.Broglia de MouraAspects of Newah culture

Anne Vergati of the ARCH Honorary Committee will speak on "Aspects of Newah culture.

on, 27/02/2021.

Plus d'informations here


Affiche S.Broglia de MouraConférence SEECHAC

Material and cultural interactions between Ladakh and Central Asia from 1er to 8e century d.n.è: the new ceramic data of the Dras Valley.

by Samara Broglia de Moura (doctoral student at EPHE/CRCAO)

February 23, 2021 at 6 p.m.

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wabisabi webExhibition WABI-SABI

The Barbier-Mueller Museum of Geneva organizes a new exhibition


confronting the objects of his collection with Steve McCurry's photographs.

We are happy to find there, in a showcase, a Laké from the Kathmandu valley that was part of the Roof of the World collections.

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Since the dawn of time, shamans have fascinated us. Who are they? What is their role? What are their tools? How does one become a shaman? Richly illustrated, this book depicts the evolution of the figure of the shaman in the Western imagination. From the first accounts of the encounter to the stories of shamans of today, the ethnologist SEBASTIEN BAUD explores the links between visible and invisible, human and animal, culture and nature as the shamanic societies conceive them. 2 3

CORINE SOMBRUN, in turn, presents us with the exciting quest for the links between trance and neuroscience. A true journey through time to discover the shamanism of yesterday and today.

Etude du paysagePhoto : Bamiyan,
Afghanistan © Roland Lin
Cultural Landscape Studies and Heritage Conservation in Muslim Asia

The first course of the EPHE seminar given by Roland LIN Chih-Hung entitled:

Étude du paysage culturel et conservation du patrimoine en Asie

will take place on Friday, November 27th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Interested persons must pre-register by writing to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See or download the presentation brochure.