Thupten Kelsang

thupten kelsang


DPhil Student

St Antony's College

Thesis: Reanimating Tibet in the Museum: contentions in collections and their contemporary ‘afterlives’.

Research: My doctoral thesis will investigate the collecting practices employed during the Younghusband Expedition of Tibet (1903-04) through the survey and study of relevant collections in museums across UK. The second aspect of the research will be fostering coeval engagement(s) between the museums and the Tibetan people through a ‘Tibetan Contact Zone’ and grounding them in a transdisciplinary framework which accommodates the multiplicity of the Tibetan diasporic identities (refugee / indigenous) as well as the exceptional circumstances pertaining to Tibet.

Previous education

Master of Science (MSc) in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology, University of Oxford (2018)
Master of Arts (MA) in History of Art, School of Oriental & African Studies (2017)


Clarendon Fund Scholarship – University of Oxford (2018)
de Breyne Graduate Scholarship – Keble College (2017)
Inlaks Fellowship – Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation (2015)

Publications and presentations                                           

Object Lessons from Tibet & the Himalayas (HIMALAYA Journal, 2017).
Photography & Tibet (TORCH Panel Discussion, 2018)