Department of Oriental Languages and Cultures, Lausanne Citation:
The courses offered at the Department of Oriental Languages and Civilisations aim at a wide knowledge of the Indian civilisation, including the extensions of that civilisation outside the Indian subcontinent, mainly in Tibet and in the Far-East. The teaching is primarily based on philological study of original texts, presupposing a knowledge of the languages in which these texts were composed. The texts are situated in their context by analysing their historical, social, cultural, religious, philosophical or literary aspects. They focus on systems of thought, religious traditions and sciences of the Indian subcontinent, as well as on Indian Buddhism and its developments elsewhere in Asia (mainly Tibetan, Chinese or Japanese Buddhism). The Department encourages interdisciplinarity and collaborates actively with the Interfaculty Department of the History and Study of Religions (DIHSR).
The languages studied are Sanskrit and Tibetan, periodically Vedic Sanskrit, Pali, Buddhist Chinese and Khotanese. Hindi is taught in the DIHSR. Chinese and Japanese can be studied in the University of Geneva.
The Department is also an active center of research, as can be seen by the publications of its members and the projects in which they participate, as well as the doctoral theses and international collaborations. Various scholars specialized in oriental studies have visited Lausanne to pursue their research. Documentary resources are available in the rich collection of the oriental section of the Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire (BCU).http://www.unil.ch/orient more Language: eng English, fre French