Dagmar Schwerk

Postdoctoral Fellow


While at UBC, I will turn my doctoral thesis into a monograph and begin a new research project on Tibetan Buddhism, in particular on identity- and nation-building processes in eighteenth-century Bhutan. My PhD thesis dealt with a very longstanding controversy on a specific Buddhist philosophical doctrine and meditative practices in one of the four Tibetan Buddhist schools. My research and teaching expertise cover Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan and Bhutanese intellectual, political, and social history—particularly between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries. In her current research activities, she is especially interested in Buddhist conceptions of state, governance, social structure and civil society, as well as applied Buddhist ethics in secular contexts such as economics and education in Asia and the West. 

I am also teaching ASIA 431: Tibetan Buddhist Literature, Genres, and Book Culture this Winter term 2 2019/20 and an exciting course on Tibetan Buddhism with experimental learning components in Winter term 1 2020/21.



Research Classification

Major Religious Traditions
Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies
Applied Ethics
Economic Policies

Research Interests

Tibetan Buddhism
History of Buddhism
Buddhist Ethics

Research Methodology

Social sciences

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