Short CV/Education and training

  • 1958

  • 1974 – 1978
    school of Kanton Aarau, Switzerland

  • 1978 – 1980
    basic studies University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • 1980 – 1982
    BA, University of California at Berkeley, USA

  • 1982 – 1987
    MA and Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

  • 1988 – 1989
    Adjunct Professor, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR, USA

  • 1990
    Visiting Professor, University of California at Berkeley, USA

  • 1991 – 1992
    Post-Doc of the Schweizerische Geisteswissenschaftliche Gesellschaft and guest lecturer, University of Basel, Switzerland

  • 1992 – 1993
    Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton, USA

  • 1993 – 1998
    Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

  • 1998 – 2001
    Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

  • Since 2001
    Professor for cultural anthropology/ European ethnology, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany

Selected publications


  • In Search of Authenticity: The Formation of Folklore Studies. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1997.

  • Amerikanische Folkloristik: Eine Einführung. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag, 1995.

  • Backstage Domains: Playing William Tell in Two Swiss Communities. New York/Bern: Peter Lang, 1989.

(Co-)Edited Books:

  • Bendix, Regina, Aditya Eggert, Arnika Peselmann, eds.: Heritage Regimes and the State. Göttingen, Göttingen University Press , 2013.

  • Bendix, Regina/Galit Hasan-Rokem, eds.: Folklore Companion. Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

  • Hemme, Dorothee/Tauschek, Markus/Bendix, Regina, eds.. Prädikat Heritage: Wertschöpfung aus kulturellen Ressourcen. Berlin, 2007.

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals:

  • Une salle, plusieurs terrains : les négociations internationales comme terrain de recherche anthropologique. Critique Internationale 1(no. 54)(2012):19–38.

  • (with M. Kraul). Fremde Blicke, eigene Wahrnehmungen: Methodische Erweiterungen in der qualitativen Schulforschung. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft. 1. Vierteljahr 2011, pp. 141–161.

  • Inheritances: Possession, Ownership and Responsibility. Traditiones (Ljubljana) 38(2)(2009):181–199.

  • Capitalizing on Memories Past, Present, and Future. Theoretical Anthropology 2(4)(2002):469–487.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Completed projects:

  • DFG-project: Encyclopedia as knowledge format. The example of folktale studies [1955 till 1975]:

    the project was part of a joint research project as preparation of a DFG funded Research Unit, with the title: Ethnographic Knowledge and social knowledge transfer. On the production of cultural knowledge formats in the 20th century (DFG 2006-2008).

  • School culture

    Empirical project together with Prof. Dr. Margret Kraul and Dr. Katja Koch, Educational Institute, Göttingen. Research assistants: Catharina Keßler and Michaela Nietert (DFG 2007-2010).

  • Perspectives on Cultural Studies: A Critical History of the Disciplines of European Ethnology and Folklore in Germany and Israel.

    A cooperative project of the Institute for Cultural anthropology/European ethnology Göttingen and the Department for Hebrew Literature and Jewish and Comparative Folklore Program of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem. Research assistants: Teresa Brinkel and Dani Schrire (VW-Vorab, 2006 – 2009).

  • Fairytale-like living environments: the everyday cultural processing of specifically-themed tourism projects in Lower Saxony.

    An ethnographic and contemporary historical study on the influence and the handling of touristic innovations alongside the German Fairytale-Street, 1975 – 2005. Research assistant: Dorothee Hemme (Nds. Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur, 2003 – 2006).

  • The Kronprinzenwerk: ethnography for the multiethnic state? Ethnological knowledge production between politics and routinisation.

    (National Endowment of Humanities, USA, 1998; research funds of the University of Pennsylvania, USA, 1996, 1999)

Running projects:

  • The Constitution of Cultural Property: Actors, discourse, context, rules

  • DFG Research Unit 772 (Spokesperson), 1.6.2008 – 31.5.2011 and 1.6.2011 – 31.5.2014.

  • Three sub-projects therein. Link:

  • Writing Series: The Occupational Culture of Present-Day German Televised Entertainment

    Funded as sub-project of the DFG Research Unit 1091 "Popular Seriality: Aesthetics and Practice"; research assistant: Nathalie Knöhr (2013-2016).

  • Quotidian Integration and Social Positioning of Pulp Novels (Heftromane) and Television Series

    Together with Kaspar Maase, Tübingen, funded as sub-project of the DFG Research Unit 1091 "Popular Seriality: Aesthetics and Practice"; research assistant: Christine Hämmeling (2010 – 2013).

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Offices for Scholarly Association:

  • President, SIEF – Societé Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore (internatial, secretariat in the Netherlands) (2001 – 2008)

  • Vice President SIEF (1998 – 2001)

  • President, dgv Sektion für Frauen und Geschlechterforschung, Germany (2001 – 2005)

  • President, volkskundlichen Kommission Niedersachen, Germany (2002 – 2007)

  • Executive Board, American Folklore Society, USA (1997 – 1999)

  • Executive Board, Gesellschaft für Interkulturelle Germanistik (international) (1994 – 2000)

Memberships in scholarly organizations:

  • American Anthropological Association

  • American Folklore Society

  • European Association of Social Anthropologists

  • Society for Cultural Anthropology

  • Society for the Anthropology of Europe

  • International Society for Folk Narrative Research

  • Societe Internationale d'Ethnologie et du Folklore

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Volkskunde

  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Volkskunde

  • Tübinger Vereinigung für Volkskunde

Additional qualifications

Editorial positions past and present:

  • Co-Editor, Ethnologia Europaea (rated A-journal, since 2007)

  • Series Co-Editor: Göttingen Studies in Cultural Property (Göttingen University Press, since 2010)

  • Series Co-Editor: Wissenschaftsforum Kulinaristik (LitVerlag, since 2009)

  • Series Co-Editor: Studien zur Kulturanthropologie/Europäischen Ethnologie (LitVerlag, since 2007).

Editorial Boards:

  • Editorial Boad, Mobile Culture Studies (since 2013)

  • Editorial Board, Approaches to Culture Theory (Tartu University Press)(since 2012)

  • Editorial Board, Slovenský Narodopis/ Slovak Ethnology (since 2009)

  • Editorial Board, "Europeanist Studies in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology" (book series of the Europeanist Section of EASA) (since 2008)

  • Editorial Board, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Society (2004 – 2007)

  • Editorial Board, Traditiones (Ljubliana) (since 2004)

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Tourism and Culture (since 2002)

  • Editorial Board, Cultural Analysis (since 2002)

  • Corresponding Editor, Journal of Folklore Research (since 1998)

Evaluation of grant applications:

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Germany

  • Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft, Germany

  • Estonian Science Foundation, Estonia

  • European Science Foundation

  • European Research Council

  • Jubliäumsfond der Österreichischen Nationalbank, Austria

  • Ludwig Boltzmann Stiftung, Austria

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, USA

  • Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Austria

  • Österreichische Sparkassenstiftung, Austria

  • Schweizerischer Nationalfond, Switzerland

  • Stiftung Niedersachsen, Germany

Peer Reviews:

  • For publishers:

    Oxford University Press, Blackwell Publishers and Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, Berg Publishers, Routledge, University of California Press, University of North Carolina Press, University of Göttingen Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, University of Tennessee Press, University of Wisconsin Press, Folklore Institute Monographs (Bloomington), Center for Field Research

  • For scholarly journals (selection):

    American Ethnologist (USA), Annals of Tourism Research (international), Anthropological Linguistics (USA), British Journal of Sociology (England); Cultural Anthropology (USA), Folklore (England), Journal of American Folklore (USA), Journal of Folklore Research (USA), The World of Music (international), Language and Intercultural Communication (England), Cultural Analysis (USA), Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change (England), Narodna Umjetnost (Croatia), Linguistics and Education (USA), Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (England), kommunikation@gesellschaft, Finnish Journal of Rural Sociology, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Etnografia (Portugal)


  • Göttingen Internationales Filmfestival, Germany, 2008

  • Pro Helvetia, Echos Preis, Switzerland, 2007

  • Staley Prize Committee, School of American Research, Santa Fe, USA, 2000/01


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