[Call for Applicants] UofT: Nepali & Newar Workshop (April 8-27, 2019)

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto presents:

A Nepali and Newar Workshop with Laxmi Nath Shrestha

April 8-27, 2019, Mo-Sa, 9:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm

University of Toronto, 170 St. George Street

Jackman Humanities Building, room 318

Hosted by the only university in the world outside of Nepal where students can study Nepali and Newar, this workshop offers training in two languages that are key for studying Newar Buddhism and Hinduism in the Himalayas and beyond. It will cover conversational Nepali in the mornings as well as conversational and literary Newar in the afternoons in two modules, which may be taken separately. Students on all levels are welcome. Language competence will be assessed on the first day and groups will be formed accordingly.

The instructor Laxmi Nath Shrestha is a widely acclaimed Nepali and Newar language teacher who over the last 40 years has taught several generations of Nepal Studies scholars. He has been conducting courses at universities in Heidelberg, Kiel, Lisbon, Vienna, and Zürich.

Applicants are requested to send in a brief statement of purpose and an up-to-date CV. Registration closes once full course capacity is reached, or, on March 31, 2019, whichever date is earlier. Participation is free. Travel support is available for a limited number of students based outside the Greater Toronto Area.

Please direct your applications and all enquiries to Alexander O’Neill at alexander.oneill@mail.utoronto.ca.


Christoph Emmrich

Associate Professor, Buddhist Studies

Director, Centre for South Asian Studies

at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Chair, Numata Program UofT/McMaster

University of Toronto


Department for the Study of Religion

University of Toronto

Jackman Humanities Building, R.203

170 St. George Street

Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8, Canada

+416.978.6463 (o), +416.978.1610 (f)


Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS)

Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

North Building, R.106

1 Devonshire Place

Toronto, ON M5S 3K7, Canada

Tel.: (416) 978-6463



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