Global Encounters, Local Places: Connected Histories of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and the Himalayas—An Introduction

  • Tina Harris (Author)
    University of Amsterdam
    Tina Harris is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Her book, Geographical Diversions: Tibetan Trade, Global Transactions, was published in 2013 by the University of Georgia Press. Her research interests include borderland studies, critical human geography, infrastructure, and material culture.
  • Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa (Author)
    Grinnell College

    Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa is an assistant professor of religious studies at Grinnell College in Iowa, the United States. She is the author of The Social Life of Tibetan Biography: Textuality, Community, and Authority in the Lineage of Tokden Shakya Shri (Lanham: Lexington, 2014).

  • Jayeeta Sharma (Author)
    University of Toronto
    Jayeeta Sharma is an associate professor of history at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Empire’s Garden: Assam and the Making of India (Durham: Duke University Press, 2011). She is on the editorial board of Global Food History and the editorial collective of Radical History Review, and is editor of the Empires in Perspective book series at Routledge. She is the founder of the collaborative Eastern Himalayan Research Network, whose activities include the Project Sherpa digital archive and a Digital Darjeeling portal.
  • Markus Viehbeck (Author)
    Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
    Markus Viehbeck is an assistant professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). As part of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” he investigates Tibet’s relations with other cultural contexts, with a particular focus on the eastern Himalayas. He is the author of Polemics in Indo-Tibetan Scholasticism: A late 19th-Century Debate between 'Ju Mi pham and Dpa' ris Rab gsal, Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde 86 (Wien: Arbeitskreis für tibetische und buddhistische Studien, 2014).

Identifiers (Article)


Darjeeling and Kalimpong, British imperial towns in the eastern Himalayan borderlands at the juncture of Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Sikkim, and Tibet, played a vital yet under-studied role as transcultural hubs of a hybrid modernity. This themed section explores “connected histories,” paying particular attention to these Himalayan towns as a modern crossroads for empires, ethnicities, religions, and cultural and economic mobilities. It offers alternative approaches that connect and intersect the history of local places and spaces with broader narratives of global history. Contributors draw upon a range of perspectives to frame their historical explorations of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and the eastern Himalayas in terms of local, regional, and global circulation, transnational connections, and transcultural encounters.


Academic discipline and sub-disciplines
Transcultural Studies,
Himalayas, Modernity, empire, borderlands, connected histories, transcultural encounters, Darjeeling, Kalimpong
How to Cite
Harris, T., Holmes-Tagchungdarpa, A., Sharma, J., & Viehbeck, M. (2016). Global Encounters, Local Places: Connected Histories of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and the Himalayas—An Introduction. The Journal of Transcultural Studies, 7(1), 43–53.