David Germano

Professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies and Director of SHANTI
Department of Religious Studies
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323 Gibson Hall

David Germano teaches and researches Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia, and is director of the Tibet Center (www.uvatibetcenter.org(link is external)), the Tibetan and Himalayan Library (www.thlib.org(link is external), THL), the Tibet Participatory Culture Initiative, and SHANTI (Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives, www.shanti.virginia.edu(link is external)). 

David teaches literary Tibetan courses at intermediate to advanced levels. He has introduced creative digital tools to facilitate language teaching, learning, and documentation of spoken and literary Tibetan. A central aspect of this work has focused on the use of video to better learn spoken discourse in a variety of natural social settings as well as more intellectual and literary uses.  In this context, he has led efforts over fifteen years in to create hundreds of hours of field recordings of oral traditions, literary readings, interviews, and improvised social enactments across Tibet, and now Bhutan. In order to render these recordings optimally useful, Germano has led software initiatives at developing comprehensive audio-video management systems, including innovative management of multi-lingual and timecoded transcripts that can be searched and dynamically played back from search results. An additional feature of these systems is their connection to geographical and subject data created by scholars to contextualize speech.

On the literary side, Germano has led the creation of thematic research archives of Tibetan literature with deep cataloging and powerful searching features. Finally, he has developed a rich historical dictionary framework for uploading, editing, and publishing complex lexicographical data. He is presently working with staff to integrate these so that students and scholars can go from transcripts and texts directly to dictionary term entries, and likewise proceed from terms to analytical searches ranging over Tibetan speech recordings and literary texts.

Specializations: 
Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, Digital Humanities