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PhD Researcher in Anthropology and Sociology
Spoken languages
French, German, English, Kyrgyz, Dari
Areas of expertise
  • International migration
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Afghanistan

PhD Thesis


PhD Supervisor & Co-Supervisor: Alessandro Monsutti and Till Mostowlansky

Expected completion date: 2021-2022




My PhD thesis considers the image of remoteness along Afghan Kyrgyz migration routes in north-eastern Afghanistan. It engages with works that conceive remoteness in terms of the relation it conditions and of imaginary constitution, arguing towards a non-linear conception of migration. Between 2015 and 2019, I grounded a visual ethnography in walking the Afghan Pamirs for about eleven months in separate journeys, in attending besides migrants’ Central Asian nodes and in participating to their online extension.  

Country of origin: Switzerland


Relevant Publications and Works


Marschall, Tobias. (Accepted, Under Production). “Endangerment Reframed: Portrait of a Contested Migration.” TSANTSA-Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association.

Marschall, Tobias and Till Mostowlansky. 2019. “Affective Labor: Afghanistan’s Road to China.” RoadSides 02: 73-87.


Academic Work Experience


Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant for the following courses:

ANSO051: Anthropology of Tourism, Valerio Simoni

ANSO081: Research Methods in Anthropology and Sociology, Françoise Grange Omokaro and Graziella Moraes Dias Da Silva

Yves Oltramare Chair Religion and Politics in the Contemporary World, Jean-François Bayart:
MINT133: Sociologie historique et comparée du politique - Spring Semester 2018
ANSO057: Les pratiques matérielles et corporelles de la foi
MINT 060: Religion et politique : perspectives comparatives