Dawa Tenzin Lokyitsang

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Colorado, Boulder, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9829

Approve Date

April 30, 2019

Project Title

Lokyitsang, Dawa (Colorado, Boulder, U. of) "Kinship and Sovereignty in Exile: Care Interventions and Education in the Tibetan Refugee Community"

How does family ground political sovereignty? We have long associated the modern political subject with education, but in the case of the Tibetan refugee community, education had to be paired with the maintenance and creation of family ties to secure the national project. My project will study how Tibetan educational institutions (boarding schools) fostered notions of kinship and sovereignty in exile. This project will examine the shifting relationships of three generations of Tibetan schoolchildren in India to educational institutions, based in part on their differing and similar experiences of familyhood. This study decenters existing work on sovereignty-in-exile, which has been built largely on the interventions of state and NGO actors, by focusing on the work of Tibetans in creating and legitimizing a state-in-exile through an extensive network of pedagogical institutions. The project will consider the development of kinship through pedagogy through a historical lens, interviewing alumni and administrators of these schools as well as delving into archival work to support the ethnographic data produced through this project.