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Dr hab. Joanna Grela, prof. JU

Dr hab. Joanna Grela, prof. JU


Professor at the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, specialist in culture studies (habilitation in 2016, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw), religious studies (Ph.D. in 2004, Jagiellonian University) and Tibetan studies (2000, INALCO, Paris), philosophy graduate (1996, Jagiellonian University), IABU member.


Academic interests

  • The culture and pop culture of the Himalayas and Mongolia;
  • Early Tibetan beliefs, shamanism;
  • Tibetan Buddhism;
  • The comparative anthropology of Buddhism.

Selected publications

  • 2018, Buddhism Goes Digital. New Phenomena in the Old Tradition, “Journal of Ñāṇasaṃvara Centre for Buddhist Studies”, vol.1,  p. 67-86;
  • 2018, Buddhism and its position in contemporary Thailand, in: John Paul II in Thailand, Warsaw, p. 11-22;
  • 2018, Alcohol and Monks in the Kingdom of Thailand [Alkohol i mnisi w Królestwie Tajlandii], in: East and West. Places of Meetings [Wschód i Zachód. Miejsca spotkań], Kraków, p. 49-62;
  • 2015, Foundations of the Religious Culture of Tibet. Entangled History [Podstawy kultury religijnej Tybetu. Splątana historia], Krakow;
  • 2013, The Absence of the Holy Book in Buddhism and the Common Buddhist Text Project, "Journal of Comparative Scripture", No 2, p. 227-250;
  • 2012, The Conception and Role of Deities in Tibetan Buddhism, "Politeja" No. 2(18), p. 135-147;
  • 2005, Mahakala. The Six-Armed Protector Deity in Tibetan Buddhism, Krakow.

Research projects

  • 2018-2020, The influence of laicisation and scholarisation on the socio-religious relationships between ritual specialists (Tib. lha ba) and the lay community in the Rebkong region (Amdo, Tibet/Qinghai, China)
  • 2009-2016, The Common Buddhist Text Project.

Other achievements

  • 2017, Pro Arte Docendi, Prize of the Rector of JU;
  • 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2014/2015, laureate of the Jagiellonian University Rector award for educational achievements.


  • traveling (Asia);
  • visual art.