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Dr. Barbara Gerke, MSc
Barbara Gerke




Gerke, B. (2022). Allegiance to whose community? Effects of Men-Tsee-Khang policies on the role and identity of amchi in the Darjeeling Hills. In L. Pordié, & S. Kloos (Eds.), Healing at the Periphery: Ethnographies of Tibetan Medicine in India Duke University Press. https://doi.org/10.1215/9781478021759-008


Gerke, B. (2021). Taming the Poisonous: Mercury, Toxicity, and Safety in Tibetan Medical Practice. (1 ed.) Heidelberg University Publishing. Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality Vol. 7 https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.746









Gerke, B., & Van der Valk, J. (Eds.) (2019). Materiality, Efficacy, and the Politics of Potent Substances across Asia. (1 ed.) Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies.

Gerke, B. (2019). Material Presentations and Cultural Drug Translations of Contemporary Tibetan Precious Pills. In W. A. McGrath (Ed.), Knowledge and Context in Tibetan Medicine: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Bergen, 2016 (pp. 337–367 ). Brill. Brill's Tibetan Studies Library Vol. 43 https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004404441_011




Potent Substances in Sowa Rigpa and Buddhist Rituals

Barbara Gerke (Speaker), Jan Van der Valk (Speaker), Tawni Lynn Tidwell (Speaker) & Calum Blaikie (Speaker)

4 Nov 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Sowa Rigpa Infectious Disease Etiologies, Buddhist Rituals, and COVID-19 Vaccination Compliance

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

28 Oct 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Continuity of Potency: Ethnographies of Lineage Substances (phab rta)

Barbara Gerke (Speaker) & Calum Blaikie (Speaker)

13 Jul 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Tibetan Spiritual Ecologies of Substances: The Anti-Epidemic “9-Compound Black Pill” (nag po dgu sbyor)

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

6 Jul 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Depicting poisons, contagion, and antidotes in Tibetan medical paintings of the 17th century

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

4 Jun 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Precious and Potent: Tibetan Medical Pill Traditions

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

23 May 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Artisanship in Sowa Rigpa Medicine Making

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

16 May 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


When Practice Contradicts Texts: The Use of Panacea in Sowa Rigpa

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

27 Jul 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Potency, poison cultures, and the politics of toxicity: Processing mercury in Asian medicines

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

21 Nov 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Artisanship and "Potency-in-Becoming"

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

14 Nov 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


What Makes a Substance Potent? Senses, Substances, and the Art of Tibetan Pharmacology

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

21 Oct 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Enhancing the Potency of Substances in Sowa Rigpa: Chongzhi (cong zhi), the ‘Essence of Stones’

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

11 Jul 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


"Potency-in-Becoming": Artisanship among Amchi Practitioners Making Sowa Rigpa Medicines in Ladakh

Barbara Gerke (Speaker) & Jan Van der Valk (Speaker)

31 Jan 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Biographies of Tibetan Precious Pills: A Project Exhibition at ISTB

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

18 Jan 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Sterben am Ganges: Hospize in Varanasi, Indien

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

10 Jan 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Starting and running an NGO in India in my Twenties

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

4 Oct 2018

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Tod und Sterben in Indien

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

14 Jun 2018

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


The Globalization of Asian Medicines

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

14 Nov 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Precious Substances in Tibetan Pharmacopoeia: Exploring Tibetan Jewel Pill Ingredients

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

2 Nov 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


On the History and Manufacturing of Tibetan Precious Pills

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

26 Sep 201729 Sep 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Challenges in Translating Epistemologies of Toxicity in Tibetan Medical Texts and Ethnographic Encounters

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

11 Aug 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


The Potency of Preciousness: Gems as Potent Substances in Sowa Rigpa Pharmacopoeia

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

8 Aug 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Entangled Efficacies in the Biographies of Tibetan Precious Pills

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

2 Aug 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Reformulations in Sowa Rigpa: Thinking about “Classical Formulas” Taking the Example of Tibetan Precious Pills

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

14 Feb 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Mercury as a chülen in Tibetan traditions

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

21 Oct 201622 Oct 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Potent substances in Tibetan multicompound formulas: Anthropological considerations

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

1 Sep 20164 Sep 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


The Signature of Recipes: Genre, Authenticity and the Development of Tibetan Precious Pill Formulas

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

16 Jun 201624 Jun 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


On the Sensory Engagement with Poisonous Substances: 'Taming' Poisons into Elixirs in Tibetan Pharmacological Practices

Barbara Gerke (Speaker)

13 Jun 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Pandemic Narratives of Tibet and the Himalayas

Gerke, B.

11/10/2210/10/25

Project: Research funding



Biografien Tibetischer Kostbarpillen

Gerke, B.

11/05/1531/01/18

Project: Research funding


Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies

Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2 (Campus)
1090 Wien

barbara.gerke@univie.ac.at