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Cultural and Social Anthropology

Hon.-Prof. Dr. Matti Bunzl
Key research area:

  • Europe and North America in the age of globalization
  • Anthropology of Jews and Judaism
  • Sexuality Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • History of anthropology

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ayse Caglar
Key research area:

  • Globalisation and transnationalisation processes; transformations of nation states and the changing property relations; migration; urban restructuring and migrants; cultural industries; transnational legal spaces
  • Citizenship; ethnographies of the state; Roma in Europe; family law (in relation to the Third Country Nationals);
  • European cultural policies, immigrant cultural production and cultural industries; nationalism and nationalist discourses (with special emphasis on Turkey); theories of ideology, popular and consumer culture

V.-Prof. Doz. Dr. Marie-France Chevron
Key research area:

  • Qualitative Forschungsmethoden und Wissenschaftstheorie
  • Anthropologische Theorienbildung und Wissenschaftsgeschichte, inbes.
  • Geschichte der französischen, der deutschsprachigen und der US-Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie
  • Interdisziplinarität
  • Theorien der kulturellen Entwicklung, der kulturellen Vielfalt und Kulturkontakte
  • Wissenstransfer und Umweltwahrnehmung (Tradition und Moderne in Afrika und Europa)

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Fillitz
Key research areas:

  • Social anthropology in genera
  • lRegions: Africa, especially Western Africa, Europe
  • Methods: field research, comparison
  • Subjects: globalisation and transnational processes, worlds of art and global art, visual culture, material culture, interculturalism, state

O. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andre Gingrich
Key research areas:

  • Theories:
    • Paradoxes of globalisation
    • Conceptualisations of identity
    • Temporal and spatial forms of cognition
    • History of anthropology
    • History of anthropological theories and methodologies in English, French and German
  • Methods:
    • Practice and experience in ethnographic field research
    • Intercultural and comparative analyses
    • Ethnological interpretations of Arab historic sources

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sabine Grenz
Key research areas:

  • Qualitativ-empirische Methodologie (insbesondere Diskursanalyse)
  • Gendermethodologie und -epistemologie
  • Gender, Diversität und Intersektionalität
  • Gender, Säkularität und Religion
  • Gender und Sexualität(en) (insbesondere im Zusammenhang mit kommerzieller Sexualität)
  • Historische Perspektiven auf Geschlechterkonstruktionen
  • Institutionalisierung und Wissenschaftsgeschichte der Gender Studies

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kraus
Key research areas:

  • Social and cultural anthropology of North Africa and the Middle East
  • Ethnolinguistic identity and current political developments in Morocco
  • Tribal societies: Identity and socio-political forms Memory and historical awareness

tit. ao. Univ.-Prof. Doz. Dr. Gerhard Kubik
Key research areas:

  • Ethnology as a whole


Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. René Kuppe
Key research areas:

  • Legal pluralism, especially in Latin America
  • Currently coordinator of a project funded by the European Commission on the demarcation of indigenous lands in Venezuela

Doz. Dr. Helmut Lukas
Key research areas:

  • Human ecology
  • Hunters and gatherers
  • Kinship

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Elke Mader
Key research areas:

  • Latin America
  • Indian cultures in the Amazon region
  • Mythology
  • Shamanism
  • Gender anthropology
  • Transcultural relationships
  • Hybridisation
  • Tourism

ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Hermann Mückler
Key research areas:

  • Theory
  • Conflict studies and critical geopolitics
  • History, historical anthropology and ethnohistory
  • Migration
  • Political anthropology
  • Colonialism, postcolonialism, neocolonialism
  • Material culture
  • Methods
  • Anthropological interpretation of historic sources on Oceania
  • Visual anthropolog
  • Regions: Oceania/Pacific Islands, South-East Asia, Indian Ocean (Tropical Islands), Asia/Pacific, Central/Eastern Europe

ao. Univ.-Prof. DDr. Armin Prinz
Key research areas:

  • Ethnomedicine
  • Nutritional anthropology

Univ.-Doz. Dr. Peter Schweitzer
Key research area:

•    Anthropology of climate change
•    Indigenous movements
•    Cultures and identities
•    Mobilities (of people and ideas)
•    Postsocialisms
•    Social-ecological systems
•    History of science

Univ.-Doz. Dr. Werner Stenzel
Key research area:

•    Early American studies

Univ.-Prof Dr. Tatjana Thelen
Key research areas:

  • Kinship and Political Anthropology (including gender and generation, citizenship and ethnography of the state, Roma)
  • Care and Social security
  • Post-socialist transformations (with special emphasis on Hungary, Romania, eastern Germany)
  • Relational theory and social networks

Prof. (FH). Priv. Doz. Mag. Dr. Gerhard Tucek
Key research areas:

  • Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie
  • Medical Antropology
  • Angewandte Kulturwissenschaften
  • Musiktherapie
  • Ethno-Musiktherapie
  • Kongressorganisation
  • Klinische Musiktherapie
  • Praxisforschung (Aktionsforschung)
  • Qualitative Sozialforschung
  • Klinische Forschung
  • Universitäre Lehre in Musiktherapie, Ethnomusiktherapie, Kultur- & Sozialanthropolgie, Islamische Religionspädagogik

Univ.-Doz. Dr. Estella Weiss-Krejci
Key research area:

  • Death, burial and post-funeral phenomena
  • Dead-body politics in dynastic Europe (exhumation and reburial, relics, collective burial, heart burial, especially Babenberg and Habsburg dynasties)
  • Mortuary rites among the pre-Classic and Classic Maya and among Neolithic and Copper Age societies in the Iberian Peninsula
  • Repatriation of human remains from museum collections
  • Ancient Maya water management

ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. DDr. Werner Zips
Key research areas:

  • Legal anthropology
  • Visual anthropology
  • Regional focus: Africa, Caribbean
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