Lama Jabb


Lecturer in Tibetan Language

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / Wolfson College


Research Interests:

Tibetan Literature
Tibetan Oral Poetry
Contemporary Tibet
Tibetan Animal Stories
Tibetan Biographies
Theory and Practice of Translation
National Identity and Cultural Studies

Current Projects:

Tibetan Literature as a Confluence of the Oral and the Literary
The Tibet Reader 

Courses Taught:

DPhil Reading: Tibetan Language and Literature
Elementary Tibetan


2015    “Tibet’s Critical Tradition and Modern Tibetan Literature”. In Jim Rheingans (ed), Tibetan Literary Genres, Texts, and Text Types: from Genre Classification to Transformation. (PIATS 12), Leiden, Boston: Bill, pp. 231-269.
2015    “A Poem-song on the Perfect Tibetan Physician”. In C. Ramble and U. Roesler (eds), Tibetan & Himalayan Healing: An Anthology for Anthony Aris. Kathmandu: Vajra Books, pp. 417-433.
2014    “The Hungry Bandit: The Ballad of Yidak Kela”. In The Tibet Journal, Vol. XXXIX, No.1, pp. 95-120.
2012    “Agir et s’exprimer au travers de la poésie tibétaine modern”. In Monde Chinois, nouvelle Asie, No 31, pp. 78-86.
2012    “Singing the Nation: Modern Tibetan Music and National Identity”. In Tim Myatt et al (eds), Revisiting Tibetan Culture and History. Dharamsala: Amnye Machen Institute, pp. 1-29. This essay was first published online in Revue d’Etudes Tibetaines, No. 21 (Oct 2011), pp. 1-29.
2011    “The Consciousness of the past in the creativity of the present: Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change”. In International Journal of Asian Studies, No 8, 1, pp. 89-95.


2015    Oral and Literary Continuities in Modern Tibetan Literature: The Inescapable Nation. New York: Lexington Books.
2009    Studies in the History of Eastern Tibet. Edited with Wim Van Spengen.

Photograph of Lama Jabb