Birgit Kellner

Birgit Kellner


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Institute for Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia • Austrian Academy of Sciences

Birgit Kellner is Director of the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her main area of research is the history of Buddhist philosophy in South Asia and Tibet, in theories and methods of argumentation and intellectual practices in Indo-Tibetan scholasticism and, therefore, in scholasticism as a comparative category. She also has a strong interest in Digital Humanities (cf. the SARIT project), and in approaching the history of Buddhism through the lense of transcultural studies.

Birgit Kellner earned her degrees from Vienna (Mag. phil., 1994) and Hiroshima (PhD, 1999), and then conducted several independent research projects at the Universities of Vienna and Hamburg, supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She taught among others at the University of Vienna, Kyoto University, the University of Naples and UC Berkeley, and was appointed Full Professor for Buddhist Studies at the University of Heidelberg in 2010, serving also as Principal Investigator in the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europa in a Global Context – the Dynamics of Transculturality”. She is Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Pertinent publications:

  • “Vernacular Literacy in Tibet: Present Debates and Historical Beginnings.” To appear in: Stephan Müller, Norbert Kössinger, Pavlina Rychterova (ed.): The Rise of Vernacular Literacy in Comparative Perspective. Fink Verlag (Series: Mittelalterstudien).
  • “Genealogy into the Future: Glimpses from Sangs rgyas rgya mtsho’s (1653–1705) Exposition of the Extended Dalai Lama Lineage.” In: Eirik Hovden, Christina Lutter, Walter Pohl (ed.): Meanings of Community across Medieval Eurasia : Comparative Approaches. Leiden 2016: Brill, 203-231.
  • “Proving Idealism: Vasubandhu and Dharmakīrti.” In: Jonardon Ganeri (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Indian Philosophy (2015). DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199314621.013.18.
  • with Sara Uckelman: “Dialectical Self-Refutation and Nāgārjuna’s Discussion in Six Points (ṣaṭkoṭiko vādaḥ).” In: Gregor Paul (ed.), Logic in Buddhist Scholasticism. From Philosophical, Historico-Philological and Comparative Perspectives. (LIRI Seminar Proceedings Series 7) Lumbini 2015: Lumbini International Research Institute, 101-133.
  • with John Taber: “Studies in Yogācāra-Vijñānavāda idealism I: The interpretation of Vasubandhu's Viṃśikā.” Asiatische Studien/Études Asiatiques 68/3 (2014) 709-756.
Last Update: 17.07.19