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Feb 14, 2020
Chunrong Zhao wins the Cornelis Tiele MA Thesis Award 2020.

Feb 14, 2020

Chunrong Zhao wins Tiele Award

The NGG board and the Cornelis Tiele MA Thesis Award committee are happy to announce this year’s winner of the Tiele award: Chunrong Zhao, from Utrecht University. Zhao’s thesis “Overcoming Essentialism: A Transcultural Approach to Gandhāran Buddhist Material Culture” provides an impressive historical overview of the representation of Gandharan Buddhism, and combines this with an excellent theoretical analysis. The committee particularly appreciates Zhao’s efforts to not only deconstruct, but also to develop an innovative, constructive methodology to research postcolonial material culture.


We want to congratulate Zhao and his supervisor Katja Rakow with this wonderful achievement. The award itself will be awarded during our NGG spring meeting on March 27 in Nijmegen, to which all you are all invited.