Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984
    M.A. in Tibetan Studies, Bonn University

  • 1984
    Post graduate Studies, JNU New Delhi

  • 1984 – 1986
    Fieldwork in Tibetan exile communities in Northern India

  • 1986 – 1990
    Research assistant, Department for Central Asian Studies, Bonn University

  • 1986 – 1991
    Assistant Editor, "Ural-Altaische Jahrbücher, Neue Folge"

  • 1991
    Lecturer for Tibetan language, Marburg University

  • 1991 – 1999
    Lecturer, Department for Central Asian Studies, Bonn University

  • 1998
    Guest lecturer, Department for Religious Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Lomonossov University, Moscow

  • 1998 – 1999
    Research fellow, Department for Central Asian Studies, Bonn University

  • Since 1999
    Full Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Bern, Switzerland

  • 2007 – 2010
    Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and History

Selected publications

  • Kollmar-Paulenz, Karénina: Die Mythologie des tibetischen und mongolischen Buddhismus (2002).

  • Kollmar-Paulenz, Karénina: Kleine Geschichte Tibets (2006).

  • Kollmar-Paulenz, Karénina: Zur Ausdifferenzierung eines autonomen Bereichs Religion in asiatischen Gesellschaften des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts: Das Beispiel der Mongolen (2007).

  • Kollmar-Paulenz, Karénina: Religion und Öffentlichkeit in der tibetischen Exilgesellschaft, in Delgado/ Jödicke/ Vergauwen (eds.), Religon und Öffentlichkeit. Probleme und Perspektiven (2009), S. 199-217.

  • Kollmar-Paulenz, Karénina:Kanon und Kanonisierung in der buddhistischen Mongolei: Zur Notwendigkeit einer Neubestimmung des Kanonbegriffs in der Religionswissenschaft, in Deeg (ed.), Kanonisierung und Kanonbildung in der asiatischen Religionsgeschichte (2011), S. 379-420.

  • Kollmar-Paulenz, Karénina: Aussereuropäische Religionsbegriffe, in Stausberg (ed.), Religionswissenschaft (2012), S. 81-94.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The Mongols in the long 17th century: Political and cultural transformation processes in the mirror of the Ganjur colophons. A joint international research project of Bern University (leading house), St. Petersburg State University, Buryat State University, Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

  • Mongolian knowledge cultures in the 18th and 19th centuries: the construction of a "doctrine of the shamans", supported by the SNF.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (DMG)

  • Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft (SAG)

  • International Association of Tibetan Studies (IATS)

  • International Association for Mongolian Studies (IAMS)

  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Religionswissenschaft (SGR)

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Religionswissenschaft (DVRW)

  • Institut für Historische Anthropologie

Additional qualifications

  • Extensive language training in Asian languages: Tibetan (classical and modern vernacular), Mongolian (classical), Sanskrit, Pali


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