Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Central Asian Seminar

Dr. Barbara Gerke

Dr. Barbara Gerke
barbara.gerke (at)

Office hours: on appointment

Areas of teaching and research:

  • Tibetan cultures in Himalayan areas
  • Tibetan identity in India
  • Asian medical systems
  • Tibetan medicine in Indian exile and in the context of biomedicine
  • Socio-cultural concepts of aging, vitality and toxicity in Tibetan medicine
  • Ethnographic research methods
Barbara Gerke

Current research projects:

Curriculum Vitae:

  • Studies of Tibetan language and Tibetan medicine in India
  • Studies of Medical Anthropology (M.Sc.) and Social Anthropology (D.Phil.) in Oxford (2002-2008)
  • D.Phil. thesis on Tibetan longevity practices and concepts of the life-span among Tibetans in the Darjeeling region in India

Editorial Positions:

List of publications as pdf file