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Managing Director

Jeannine Bischoff, M.A.

Jeannine_Bischoff.pngUniversity of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Niebuhrstraße 5
53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / 228 / 73 62444
E-Mail: dependency[at]



Jeannine is the head and coordinator of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS) Management Unit.


  • since 2011 Doctoral Student in Tibetology, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2008–2011M.A. History and Culture of the Region China, Mongolia, Tibet, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2007–2008Study Abroad, Tibet University, Lhasa, China
  • 2005–2008B.A. Asian Studies, University of Bonn, Germany

Academic Positions

  • since 2018Managing Director of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
  • 2015–2017Research Associate, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2015 Coordinator of the Bonn International Graduate School – Oriental and Asian Studies
  • 2012–2015Research Associate, University of Bonn, Germany

Participation in Centers, Scientific Associations, Collaborative Projects

  • since 2016Member of the European Labour History Network
  • since 2016Member of the DFG/ANR project "Social Status in the Tibetan World"
  • since 2016Member of the ERC Project "The Tibetan Army of the Dalai Lamas, 1642–1959"
  • since 2012Member of the International Seminar of Young Tibetologists
  • Member of the German Tibetan Cultural Society


I currently focus my research on Tibetan administrative documents concerning the rural communities that were attached Kundeling monastery, in Central Tibet, before 1959. The peasants living on these estates had a serf-like legal status binding them to Kundeling monastery. 

3 edited volumes, 5 scientific papers, 25 national and international lectures and presentations. 

Selected Publications

  • Bischoff, J.: Right There But Still Unnoticed: Information on dGa’ ldan pho brang mi ser from Archival Material published in German(y). In: Ramble, Ch., P. Schwieger and A. Travers (eds.): Tibetans who escaped the Historian’s Net. Studies in the Social History of Tibetan Societies. Kathmandu 2013, 9–26. 
  • Bischoff, J.: Completely, Voluntarily and Unalterably?’ – Values and Social Regulation among Central Tibetan mi ser during the dGa’ ldan pho brang-period. In: Bischoff, J. and S. Mullard (eds.): Social Regulation: Case Studies from Tibetan History. Leiden 2016, 151–180.
  • Bischoff, J.:Social Regulation: Case Studies from Tibetan History. With S. Mullard (eds.). Leiden 2016.
  • Bischoff, J. et. al (eds.): Ancient Currents, New Traditions: Papers Presented at the Fourth International Seminar of Young Tibetologists. Paris 2016, RET 37.
  • Bischoff, J.: Sklaverei auf dem Dach der Welt? Zur Anwendbarkeit des Begriffes auf tibetische Bauern und Viehzüchter. In: Conermann St. (ed.): Sklaverei in der Vormoderne. Beispiele aus außereuropäischen Gesellschaften. Dhau. Jahrbuch für außereuropäische Geschichte. Saarbrücken 2017.
  • Bischoff, J.: Commerce and Communities: Social Status and Political Status and the Exchange of Goods in Tibetan Societies (Mid 17th to mid 20th centuries). With A. Travers (eds.). Berlin 2018.
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