Short CV/Education and training

  • 1986
    Abitur (A-levels) in Hamburg, Germany

  • 1986 – 1992
    Studied anthropology, folklore and Spanish at the University of Hamburg

  • 1992
    Magister degree (MA) in anthropology at the University of Hamburg

  • 1995
    Doctorate (DPhil) in anthropology at the University of Hamburg

  • 2001
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in anthropology at the University of Hamburg

  • 2001 – 2002
    Visiting lecturer in the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Lüneburg, Germany

  • 2003
    Appointed to the Junge Akademie (academy of young scientists) of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

  • 2006
    W3 professor of anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Hamburg

  • 2008
    Full professor of anthropology at the Seminar for Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland

  • 2011 – 2012
    Fellow in the research group "The Cultural Constitution of Causal Cognition", Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, Germany

  • 2011 – 2014
    Leibniz Chair at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT, Bremen, Germany)

Selected publications

  • 2014 Boholano Olfaction: Odor Terms, Categories and Discourses. In: The Senses and Society 9 (2): 151-173.

  • 2013 (Hg., mit Hans Fischer) Ethnologie. Einführung und Überblick. (8. Auflage). Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag.

  • 2012 Kommodifizierung "traditioneller" Medizin auf den Philippinen: Authentizität und ihre Vermarktung. In: G. Alex, B. Beer und B. Hadolt (Hg.), Wa(h)re Medizin. Zur Authentizität und Kommodifizierung von Gesundheit und Heilung. Special Issue, Curare 35, 3: 208-218.

  • 2012 "Afaro – ich verbinde". Zur Herstellung transethnischer verwandtschaftlicher Netzwerke am Beispiel der Wampar (Papua New Guinea). M. Gamper, L. Reschke, Michael Schönhuth (Hg.), Knoten und Kanten 2.0. Soziale Netzwerkanalyse in Medienforschung und Anthropologie, 285-310. Bielefeld: Transcript.

  • Beer, B. et al.: Verwandtschaft Heute. Interethnische Beziehungen und Transkulturelle Verwandtschaft. Berlin, 2010.

  • Beer, B.: Methoden ethnologischer Feldforschung. Berlin, 2008.

  • Beer, B.: Frauen in der deutschsprachigen Ethnologie. Ein Handbuch. Cologne, Weimar, Vienne, 2007.

  • Beer, B.: Körperkonzepte, interethnische Beziehungen und Rassismustheorien. Eine kulturvergleichende Untersuchung. (Habilitation (postdoctoral) thesis). Berlin, 2002.

  • Beer, B.: Joes Geschichten. Analysen philippinischer Erzählungen in ihrem kulturellen Kontext. (Kulturanalysen, Vol. 2). Berlin, 1999.

  • Beer, B.: Deutsch-philippinische Ehen. Interethnische Heiraten und Migration von Frauen. (Dissertation). Berlin, 1996.


Selected projects

  • Field research with the Wampar in Papua New Guinea on the topic of mining and social transformations, 2013

  • Field research in the Philippines on "Social Network Sites" and in Papua New Guinea on the topic of "Interethnic relations and transcultural kinship", funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), 2009

  • Field research among the Wampar in Papua New Guinea on the topics of interethnic relations and Anthropology of the senses, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2003/2004

  • Field research among the Wampar in Papua New Guinea and in the Philippines (Bohol, Central Visayas), funded by the DFG, 2002

  • Field research among the Wampar in Papua New Guinea and in the Philippines (Bohol, Central Visayas), funded by the DFG, 1999/2000

  • Field research in the Philippines to film and photograph the Easter celebrations in Loay, B Bohol, 1999

  • Field research in the Philippines on the same topic as in 1996 and six weeks in Papua New Guinea to prepare for further field research, 1997

  • Field research in the Philippines, funded by the Hamburg Scientific Foundation, 1996

  • Field research in the Philippines on the topic: "The Filipino Ati. The interethnic relations and survival strategies of an ethnic minority on Bohol (Central Visayas)", funded by the DFG, 1996

  • Three-month practical work placement in the Asia collection of the Hamburg Museum of Ethnology, 1995

  • Field research in the Philippines on the same topic as the previous trip, 1993/1994

  • Field research in the Philippines on the topic "Marriage migration and interethnic marriages", on a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 1993

  • Research into marriage migrations and interethnic marriages with the Filipino community in Hamburg, 1992 – 1996

  • Three-month practical research training in Seville, Andalusia, 1990

  • Practical work placement at the "International Seamen's Club Duckdalben", 1989

  • Two-months abroad in Mexico and Guatemala, 1986

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)

  • Association of Social Anthropologists in Oceania (ASAO)

  • German Anthropological Association (DGV)

  • European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

  • European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)

  • Swiss Ethnological Society (SEG)

  • Co-editor of Sociologus, 2014; member since 2006 of the editorial board, since 2010 of the advisory board to Methoden-Lexikon für die Sozialwissenschaft; VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden, Germany.

  • On the board of directors of the Swiss Ethnological Society, 2008 – 2014

  • Member of the editorial board of Sociologus, since 2006

  • Foundation of the working group "Borders and crossings" in the Junge Akademie (academy of young scientists) of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, 2004

  • Elected to the Junge Akademie (academy of young scientists) of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, 2003

Additional qualifications

  • Additional languages: Visaya, Tok Pisin, Wampar


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