Tobias Marschall

Research Associate

Tobias Marschall completed his MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (Germany) with a thesis on descent, heritage making and state-society relation. In examining a local Museum in Kyrgyzstan as a locus for diverse expressions on tradition, he underlined the polysemy and ambivalence in cultural production. He conducted fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.


Academic Biography

since 2017
PhD Candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland
Research associate responsible for the project “The Little Pamir Extended: From the Tip of Afghanistan to a More Connected World”
Research Associate and lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tübingen, Germany
March 2016
Evaluator, International Programme Accreditation, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, ACQUIN (Accreditation, Certification and Quality assurance Institute), Bayreuth, Germany
Exploratory fieldwork in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (3 months)
Master of Arts, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tübingen, Germany
Fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan (7 months)
Exploratory fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan (2 month)
Exchange semester, Central Asian Studies Institute, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Bachelor of Arts, Social and Cultural Anthropology (major), Archaeology (major) and Logic (minor), Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Monitor, Institute of Archaeology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Social and Cultural Anthropology, Institut für Ethnologie, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (ERASMUS Program)
September 2011
Colloquium assistant, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Awards and Grants

Student Research Scholarship Go-East for fieldwork in Tajikistan, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, 6 months)

Professional Experience Outside Academia

since 2015
Co-editor of the CESMI-Blog “My Take On…”
German language teacher, Departement de l’instruction publique, République et Canton de Genève, Switzerland
Seminar Assistant, mobility project for engineers coming from Tunisia, GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) Stuttgart, Germany
Trainee, archaeological excavations, Cornaux-Pres du Chêne, archaeological Service, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Trainee, archaeological excavations, Vallon/Sur Dompierre, archaeological Service, Fribourg, Switzerland



February 2016
“How to Frame the Little Pamir, Afghanistan? Grand Schemes Encounter in a Remote Area” Arbeitskreis CrossAsia, University of Tübingen, Germany
October 2015
“Mapping the Little Pamir’s Singularity: Tradition and Remoteness in Economic, Development and Religious Perspectives” Interdisciplinary Student and Graduates Symposium, Humbolt-University Berlin, Germany
October 2015
“What is Made of Descent? Three Case Studies Compared across Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan” 14th Bi-Annual Conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS), University of Zurich, Switzerland
December 2014
“State Presence in the Museum for the Study of local History, Orgochor, Kyrgyzstan.” Central-Asian Day, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg, Germany

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