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Jan Van der Valk, M.Sc. M.Sc. PhD




Van der Valk, J. (2022). "Sourcery": Losing Track of Tibetan Medicinal Plants between Commerce and Conservation in Northern India. In S. Kloos, & C. Blaikie (Eds.), Asian Medical Industries: Contemporary Perspectives on Traditional Pharmaceuticals (pp. 227-552). Routledge. Needham Research Institute Series https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003218074-12








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.






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


Tibetan Medicine and Covid-19 in the Anthropocene: Diagnosing the Spiritual Revenge of Nature

Jan Van der Valk (Speaker)

8 Sep 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Beyond the Ethnographic Case Study: A Student-Practitioner-Anthropologist Learning (about) the Craft of Tibetan Medicinal Butter Preparation

Jan Van der Valk (Speaker)

12 Jul 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


The Emerging Sowa Rigpa/Environment Interface in the Anthropocene: Reflections on Pandemic Response-Ability

Jan Van der Valk (Speaker)

6 Jul 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Modern Tibetan medical education and the widening doctor-pharmacist divide in Nepal: What’s the problem?

Jan Van der Valk (Speaker)

14 Jan 2020

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


The Link between Tibetan Medicine and Buddhism: A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body

Jan Van der Valk (Speaker)

13 Nov 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public



Tibetan Medicine, Vitality and Rejuvenation

Jan Van der Valk (Speaker)

11 Apr 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


"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


Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies

Spitalgasse 2
1090 Wien
Room: 2B-O1-12

jan.vandervalk@univie.ac.at