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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

Current Research Projects

Here you will get an overview on current research projects in which the seminar is involved


Amdo Research Network

The Amdo Research Network was established to connect national and international scholars and other interested parties who share common research interests in this region. Its aim is to serve as a platform for exchange and comparison of research project information and published results, and to facilitate easier establishment of research collaborations. The Amdo Research Network is based at the Humboldt University of Berlin, within the Tibetan Studies program of the Central-Asian Seminar, which has a strong focus on the Amdo area in terms of formal language training, teaching and affiliated researchers.


DFG Project: Detoxification and Rejuvenation Processes

Therapeutic Rejuvenation Processes and Pharmacological Detoxification Methods in Contemporary Tibetan Medicine in India and Nepal:
A Critical Analysis of Cultural Translations through Ethnographic Case Studies and Classical Medical Texts on Vitality, Toxicity, and Aging


Modernity and Modernism in Persophone Literary History

In Afghanistan, Iran and Transoxania the early twentieth century witnessed an intensifying debate about Persian literature and its paths into Modernity. The search for new literary forms went hand in hand with the attempt to describe and assess the literary heritage and its limitations.


Visual Documentation of Regional Topography and Everyday Life in the Tibetan Cultural Area in the Middle of the 19th Century: the Wise Collection of the British Library

The focus of this research project is the Wise Collection of the British Library.
The collection consists of 55 cartographic and ethnographic drawings, which were made in the mid-19th century by a local artist on behalf of the British. The core of the collection consists of six large picture maps illustrating the geographic space between Ladakh and Central Tibet.