• Ph.D. Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion

Years of Affiliation: 2016-2017

Ian MacCormack is a doctoral candidate in the Study of Religion specializing in religion in Tibet. His dissertation, entitled “Buddhism and Government in Seventeenth-Century Tibet,” studies the relationship between religion and politics in the formative decades of the Tibetan government and argues for a reassessment of how that relationship is commonly understood for Tibet, while situating this case in the larger contexts of East and South Asia with which it is entwined both historically and intellectually.

From our Blog: 

Palaces Near and Far: How Tibet’s Potala Palace almost came to Harvard
Ian MacCormack — Graduate Student Associate and Ph.D. Candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University — explains how replicas of Tibet’s world-famous Potala Palace exemplify Buddhist understandings of what it means to be an “original” or a “copy,” and how one of these copies nearly became the Harvard-Yenching Institute.

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