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Robert J. Barnett

Director and founder of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia University, New York.

He heads the West’s first academic programme on modern Tibet. His most recent books are Tibetan Modernities: Notes from the Field, which is co-authored with Ronald Schwartz (Brill, 2008), and Lhasa Streets with Memories (Columbia, 2006). In his articles he writes about aspects of contemporary Tibet, for example cinema and television, women in politics or rituals of exorcism. He contributes as a specialist commentator on Tibet and other Chinese national issues in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the BBC, CNN and CBS. He is director of several educational projects in Tibet, including training programmes in ecotourism and conservationism.


Has participated in

Tibet: silence and revolt

Lecture and projection