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:


Lena Brülls

GISCA No.30, 2021

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Lena Brülls

"Tibetan youth and Indian exile - Cultural identities and challenges in Dharamsala"



In Dharamsala, India, the third generation of Tibetans is growing up in Indian exile. While in the homeland Tibet, cultural and religious practices face systematic destruction, many Tibetans in India try their best to preserve these. While Tibetan cultural identity has been the subject of numerous studies, few academic publications focused specifically on youth in the diaspora. This is significant because a large part of the Tibetan population in exile is young. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Dharamsala in northern India, this thesis examines the experiences and lived realities of young Tibetans. By analyzing their individual concepts of cultural identity, the work focuses on the interplay of perceptions of the homeland Tibet, India as hostland, and the broader diaspora. This interplay is grounded in political and social conditions of the exile and the resulting challenges, as well as the political and social desires for the homeland.
The young Tibetan generation in Dharamsala struggles for the continuation of Tibetan traditions, religions, languages, and culture in the diaspora. Although they share a collective memory of the history and a longing for the homeland, they pursuit individual and highly heterogeneous plans for the future. This thesis analyzes variations of “being Tibetan” in Dharamsala by evaluating different cultural aspects and experiences by Tibetans in their two countries of origins, Tibet or India.




GISCA 29 Koch 2021

GISCA No.29, 2021

Julia Koch

"Spurenlesen: Eine ethnologische Forschung in der südafrikanischen Rundfunkkorporation SABC"



The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), a public broadcaster established in 1936 through an act of parliament, remains until this day a key stimulus for collective self-reflection despite political upheavals. This working paper outlines a social anthropological framework through which to examine the SABC as a living trace of the South African present. Based on empirical research performed in the organisation’s archives, this paper acts as a collection of the findings. The following discussion centres on the construction of ignorance.






Titelseite GISCA 28

GISCA No.28, 2020


Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin

„Beyond plagiarism: where does scientific misconduct begin? Academic integrity, misrepresentations and the Cook/Forster Collection"



Cases of violation of academic integrity among high-ranking politicians and scientists in Germany have shocked the public when it became known that these had fabricated the results of their research or committed plagiarism in their dissertation. However, where does scientific misconduct begin? There seems to exist a grey area of breaches of good research practice. I will explore it and inquire particularly into the practice of misquoting, using quotes out of context and omitting data that do not fit the author’s argument. I will also examine the conditions and circumstances under which such practices seem to have increased over the past decades. The main example, which illustrates such practices, constitutes the research, publication and exhibition projects of the Göttingen Cook/Forster Collection and the way in which they became misrepresented.