Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and The Ethnographic Collection

GISCA Occasional Paper Series

The Göttingen Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (GISCA) Occasional Paper Series publishes excellent student theses, current research findings of the institute's researching and teaching staff as well as outstanding talks at our institute's colloquium.



Current Volumes:


Titel GISCA 17 groß

GISCA No.17, 2017

bachelor thesis


Philipp Tilman Hartung


"Aushandlungen zwischen Schutz und Verselbstständigung: Unbegleitete minderjährige Flüchtlinge in Betreuung der Jugendhilfe in Göttingen"



In accordance with the social security code, refugees under 21 years of age residing in Germany without close relatives fall under the supervision of the Office of Youth Welfare (Jugendhilfe). Therefore since 2014, the Office of Youth Welfare in Göttingen has operated a special section for minor refugees. As a result of their work, over 80 male refugee minors are currently accommodated throughout Göttingen and individually supervised. This paper is based on ethnographical fieldwork with a number of refugee minors as well as the social workers who supervise them. It details the backgrounds and motivations of the refugees and investigates how social workers can address the specific interests of minor refugees against the backdrop of asylum laws and broader societal expectations.






Titel GISCA 16 Gellert groß

GISCA No.16, 2017

master thesis


Jana Gellert


"Zur Bedeutung von Religion im Umgang mit dem globalen Klimawandel: Perspektiven von zwei christlichen Gemeinden in Suva, Fidschi"



Christianity is deeply embedded in the life of Pacific Islanders. The impact of Christianity on peoples’ lives goes far beyond their daily praying and visiting the Sunday church service. With her thesis on the significance of Christianity on dealing with climate change the author reveals the important and far reaching impact religion has on the daily routine and world view of the Pacific Islanders. She depicts the unique potential that scientists, pastors and fellow believers assign religion to reach and to empower the Pacific Islanders in an active understanding and handling of global climate change. Furthermore, the author advocates for an interdisciplinary collaboration of natural, human and social sciences as well as the abolition of the dualistic categories of religion and science in order to engage in a holistic examination of global climate change, to develop a global ethics of climate change, and to undertake practice-oriented research.