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【AAA】10th Annual Anthropology Field School - Himalayas - Summer 2013




Himalayan Health Exchange

10th Annual Himalayan Anthropology Field Expedition

                       June 24-July 15, 2013

Himalayan Health Exchange (HHE) is organizing an anthropological field expedition to India in the summer of 2013.  Through an independent study/fieldwork in a remote Himalayan Tibetan Borderland, HHE will offer students a practical approach to the study of India and the Himalayan culture in a socio-cultural, medical and religious context.  During their journey, team members will attend a 7-day medical clinic camp and have the opportunity to investigate local history, religious beliefs and practices, modern human adaptations, regional effects of globalization and monastic life. In addition, through trekking and camping in remote areas, they will participate in the interconnectedness of the magnificent natural environment with a daily local existence. This first-hand experience will be accompanied by daily academic lectures and research assistance. 

Lecture topics will include:  Cultural, Medical, Economic, Biological and Visual Anthropology, Religion & Philosophy, Cross-cultural healing, Ayurveda, Public Health, Buddhism, Hinduism, Indian and Tibetan history, High Altitude Adaptation, Psychology, Art/Fine Arts, Geography, Social Work, Sociology, Yoga and Meditation

This is a high-altitude expedition in rugged Trans Himalayan regions. Field camp elevations range between 8,000-15,000 feet, with higher pass crossings. As a participant, you must be in excellent physical shape and health and be willing to work in improvised field sites.


1) Himachal Pradesh: Spiti Valley & Dharamsala: June 24- July 15, 2013  

Once a part of the Guge Empire of Tibet, Spiti lies in the Indian Himalayan region at the edge of Western Tibetan Plateau. This anthropology expedition will take us on a fascinating journey through this beautiful and ancient Buddhist land, where travel was restricted until 1992, and where only a few adventurers have set foot. In addition to remote village exploration, the field trip will include, among many other destinations, a visit to Kibber, the highest permanent human settlement in the world; Tabo an ancient 10th century monastery and Dharamsala, home to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Tibetans in Exile.


Expedition fee: All-inclusive trip fee is US $3,080 plus international airfare
Application deadline: January 15, 2013: **Please be advised that space is limited


Program Coordinators:

Professor Paul Donnelly, Ph.D in Buddhist Studies & Professor of Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University

Professor Hilarie Kelly, Ph.D. Anthropology Department, California State University, Long Beach

Dr. Melissa Schrift, Ph.D. Cultural and Medical Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, East Tennessee State University

Ravi Singh, Founder of Himalayan Health Exchange


For details, please contact:   Himalayan Health Exchange:,     404-929-9399. 


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