18th IALS Conference, Będlewo near Poznan, Poland, 2nd – 6th May 2017
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The International Association for Ladakh Studies (IALS)
Only in the last four decades has Ladakh (northwest India) been readily accessible for study, but in that short time it has been the focus of much attention by students in many disciplines. These have been attracted by the interest of its physical situation at high altitude in the rain-shadow of the geologically active Himalaya; by the natural ecology of this rugged desert and the skilful adaptations of pastoralism and agriculture; by the sociology, history and cultural tradition, especially as a surviving example of Tibetan Buddhism; and by the problems presented by modern development and conservation.