Dr Ulrich Kragh

PhD (Indian/Tibetan Studies), MA (Tibetan Studies), BA (Tibetan Studies), BA (Indology) from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Lecturer in Asian and Buddhist Studies

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +612 9351 7847

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Biographical details

Tim teaches Sanskrit language, Buddhist studies, and Asian studies. Originally from Denmark, he pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies in Tibetan, Indian Studies, and Buddhist studies in Denmark and Germany, while also spending a decade studying with Tibetan scholar monks in India. After receiving the PhD degree in 2004 with a dissertation on the seventh-century Indian Buddhist philosopher Candrakirti, he has been a postdoc researcher at Harvard University (2004-2007), taught religion at Florida State University (2007-2008), been the head of a team of researchers at Geumgang University in South Korea (2008-2010), and been a research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands (2011-2013).

Research interests

  • Narrativity in classical, medieval, and modern historiography in India, China, and Tibet analysed on the basis of classical Indian and Chinese literary theories of poetics and dramaturgy
  • Buddhist gender studies with a focus on medieval Indian Tantric authoresses
  • Twelfth-century Tibetan contemplative communities with a focus on Sgam po pa Bsod nams rin chen and the Dags lha sgam po hermitage
  • Jain literary history and Jain manuscript collections in Jaipur
  • Indian Prakrit and Apabhramsa language studies
  • Western and Asian theories of history and textuality
  • Buddhist philosophy covering the Abhidharma, Yogacara, Madhyamaka, and Pramana traditions

Teaching and supervision

  • Sanskrit language, all levels
  • Asian Studies 2623: “India: Tradition and Modernity”
  • Buddhist Studies 3611: “Buddhist Philosophical Traditions”
  • Asian Studies 2627: “India, China, Tibet: Cultural Relations”

Current projects

  • Convener of the Mellon-funded META Forum for theoretical dialogue between scholars of the Western and Asian humanities with planned international workshops in Chicago (2014) and Tokyo (2015)
  • Lead scholar (principal investigator) in the five-year research project “Narrative Modes of Historical Discourse in Asia” (NAMO) funded by an ERC Consolidator grant (2014-2019)


  • General ambassador for Asia, International Network for the Theory of History (INTH)
  • International Association of Buddhist Studies
  • World Sanskrit Conference
  • International Association for Tibetan Studies

Awards and honours

  • 2004-2007: Three-year postdoctoral research grant, Carlsberg Foundation
  • 2011-2012: One-year research fellowship, J. Gonda Foundation
  • 2012-2013: Eight-month research fellowship, International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)
  • 2014-2019: Five-year Consolidator research grant, European Research Council (ERC)

Selected Publications

For publications, see http://leidenuniv.academia.edu/UlrichTimmeKragh

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