Kalsang Norbu Gurung

Kalsang Norbu Gurung is a research member of cataloguing project, Union Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts in Germany (KOHD) at Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities and work base at the University of Hamburg/ University of Bonn. 

He has previously worked as member of two Franco-German research projects: Social History of Tibetan Societies from the mid-17th to the mid-20th centuries (from 2012-2015) and Social Status in the Tibetan World (from 2016-2019) at the Department of Mongolian and Tibetan Studies, University of Bonn.

His recent publications include “The role of Ambans in the Dalai Lama government according to the Ten-Point Edict of 1795” in 2013, “Different copies of Iron-Tiger land settlement and their historical value as taxation manuals” in 2016, “The value of Tibetan money: A study of the use of Srang in late 19th century Tibet,” in 2018, “Measuring income inequality in Tibetan society: Understanding the different amounts of offering and the status of Tibetan officials,” in 2021, and a forthcoming paper, “A perspective on the dGa’ ldan pho brang’s administration of taxation in the 19th and 20th centuries.”

Within the framework of “The Tibetan army of the Dalai Lamas, 1642-1959” (TibArmy), Kalsang Norbu Gurung works on military tax system, particularly focusing on the lands allocated for military tax (dmag rkang sa zhing) according to the Iron-Tiger Land settlements of 1830. 

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