Norbert Pötzsch, M.A.
Norbert Pötzsch has been a Ph.D. student of ethnology since December 2017 as well as from April 2021 onwards he is also research and teaching assistant of Prof. Dr. Elfriede Hermann. On the one hand, he is interested in the development of agency, negotiation processes within religious communities, and, on the other hand, in the in the application of methodological and theoretical approaches of the Manchester School of Anthropology. In particular. His current research is titled 'Environmental Change and Agency: Interactions Between Persons, Material Entities and Energies in the Pacific State of Tonga' which focusses on climate change and the growth of motor vehicles.
Norbert Pötzsch holds a Bachelor’s Degree awarded by the University of Bayreuth with a major in ethnology and a minor in religious and Islamic studies as well as African history. From 2014 on he was engaged in several field studies in Tonga, and he spent one semester at the University of the South Pacific. Since 2017 he holds his Master’s Degree in ethnology awarded by the Georg-August-University Göttingen. His master thesis 'It’s me – but this is Tonga: The Agency of young Tongans' investigates negotiation processes of young Tongans within their present socio-cultural and religious contexts.
Agency, human-environment relations, environmental and climate change, religious influence on the self and society, Manchester School of Anthropology
Oceania and especially the Kingdom of Tonga
Research in the Kingdom of Tonga for Ph.D. dissertation on 'Environmental Change and Agency: Interactions Between Persons, Material Entities and Energies in the Pacific State of Tonga'
Research in the Kingdom of Tonga for Ph.D. dissertation on the results of TC Gita in Nuku'alofa/Kingdom of Tonga
Research in the Kingdom of Tonga for Master-Thesis on the agency of young Tongans
Research in Göttingen/Germany with missionaries of the LDS on their perception of the environment
Exploratory research in the Kingdom of Tonga for Master studies