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Mathias Fermer


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

Mathias Fermer received his M.A. in Tibetology and Classic Indology from the Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, University of Hamburg, in 2009. His M.A. thesis, entitled The Life and Works of Gong dkar rDo rje gdan pa Kun dga' rnam rgyal (1432-1496), is dedicated to the founder of a little-known monastic tradition that is part of the Sakyapa order of Tibetan Buddhism. He joined VISCOM in March 2011. Since then he has been working as a doctoral fellow at the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (AAS). His research interests include Tibetan religious history of the post-imperial period (from the 11th cent.), particularly the traditions within the Sakya sect, as well as Tibetan Buddhist painting traditions and various aspects of colloquial Tibetan. The research for his dissertation is focused on the formation and influence of Sakya monastic communities, as well as the process of community building among these institutions, in Southern Central Tibet (present-day Lhoka) from the middle of the 14th to the late 15th century, covering the hegemonic period of the Phagmodrupa clan (1354-1480).