Ulrich Timme Kragh

Biography and/or project

Dr. Ulrich Timme Kragh (usually known as 'Tim') is a Visiting Professor at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, and the Principal Investigator of the five-year research project “Narrative Modes of Historical Discourse in Asia” (NAMO) funded by a Consolidator grant from the European Research Council (ERC). He holds two separate MA degrees in Tibetan studies and Indology (University of Copenhagen, 1998 and 2016), and the PhD degree with a thesis on ancient Buddhist theories of karma and causality (University of Copenhagen, 2004). He has conducted research projects in classical and medieval Asian studies at Harvard University (2004-2007), Geumgang University (2008-2010), Leiden University (2011-2013), the Australian National University (2014-2015), and the University of Copenhagen (2014-2016). He has taught at Florida State University (2007-2008) and the University of Sydney (2014). His research employs methods of philology, history, literary theory, and gender studies, and is mostly concerned with various topics in the Buddhist and Jain traditions in India, Tibet, and China. He is currently engaged in a metahistorical analysis of classical and medieval Indian, Persian, Tibetan, and Chinese theories of historical narrative in comparison to Western ideas of narrative and story, and the humanist application of these theories to the study of pre-modern and modern Asian history writing. Timme Kragh (known as ‘Tim’) is a Medievalist specialized in Asian Studies. The focus of his research has been on Jain and especially Buddhist history of ideas and literary history in India, Tibet, and China, relying of methods of classical philology, literary criticism, religious studies, and Area Studies. He received the PhD degree in Tibetan Studies from Copenhagen University (2004). Alongside his academic studies, he completely nine years of traditional training in Buddhist philosophy and doctrine studying with Tibetan refugee scholar-monks at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in New Delhi, India. He has since done research and taught at Harvard University (2004-2007), Florida State University (2007-2008), Geumgang University in South Korea (2008-2010), and Leiden University (2011-). In 2011, he began working on a new theory and method of text-based history, which he calls ‘Textory’. The theory is an att empt to unite a narrative view of history with a philological concept of the text as an empirical object. He is also researching the linkage between Asian traditions of rhetoric, literary theory, and historiography in India, China, and Tibet. Further, he is doing work on cultural heritage and history, and theories of literary history.