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Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit


Hildegard Diemberger is the Research Director of Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit (MIASU) at University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College.

Trained as a social anthropologist and Tibetologist at Vienna University, she has published numerous books and articles on the anthropology and the history of Tibet and the Himalaya as well as on the Tibetan-Mongolian interface, including the monograph When a Woman becomes a Religious Dynasty: the Samding Dorje Phagmo of Tibet (Columbia University Press 2007), the edited volume Tibetan Printing – Comparisons, Continuities and Change (Brill 2016) and the edited volume “Cosmopolitical Ecologies across Asia. Places of Power in Changing Environments (Routledge 2021). She has designed and coordinated a number of research projects funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Newton Trust, the Austrian Science Fund, the Italian National Research Council and The Research Council of Norway.

She is currently heading (together with Norway PI Hanna Havnevik and UK Co-I Bhaskar Vira) the interdisciplinary research project “Himalayan Connections: Melting glaciers, sacred landscapes and mobile technologies in a Changing Climate” (a cooperation between the University of Cambridge and Oslo University).


Tibetan cultural area and Tibet-Mongolia interface; local-state dynamics and deals with the impact of radical change on traditional communities; landscape, space and time; local history and memory; changing notions of power and kinship; gender; environment; books as literary artefacts and debates over continuity, tradition and modernity.

MIASU Research Director
Affiliated Lecturer
Fellow and College Lecturer, Pembroke College

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