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

  • 2018-2020 Co-dean, Philosophical Faculty, University of Göttingen

Selected publications

  • Monographs:

    Culture and Value. Tourism, Heritage, and Property. Bloomington: Indiana University Press (Sept. 2018).

  • with Kilian Bizer and Dorothy Noyes. Sustaining Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Guide for the Academy. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017.

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

  • (Co-)Edited Books:

  • With Nicolas Adell, Chiara Bortolotto and Markus Tauschek, eds. Between „Imagined Communities‟ and „Communities of Practice‟: Participation, Territory and the Making of Heritage. Göttingen Studies on Cultural Property vol. 8. Göttingen: Göttingen University Press, 2015

  • With Stefan Groth and Achim Spiller, eds.: Cultural Property – Begriffe und Themen. Göttingen Studies on Cultural Property, vol. 9. Göttingen: University of Göttingen Press, 2015.

  • With Michaela Fenske, eds. Politische Mahlzeiten/Political Meals. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2014.

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

  • Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals:

  • see complete list of publications

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Ongoing projects:

  • Trilater research grant “Half a century through personal stories: Palestinians and Israelis in 1967 and onwards” from the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2017-18)

  • Part project in the Transdisciplinary Research-, Documentation-, and Education Project on the “Objects of Masters: Materialization of Tacit Knowledge between Tradition and Modernity (OMAHETI) (Funder: BMBF; Speaker: Kilian Bizer) (2015-18). 1 postdoctoral position.

  • Completed projects:

    Speaker and principal applicant for the interdisciplinary research group “The Constituting of Cultural Property”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG FOR 772), phase 1 (2008-2011) and phase 2 (2011-2014) – five projects with 7 (phase 1) and 5 (phase 2) project leaders from cultural anthropology, ethnology, institutional economics, agricultural economics, economic law and international law; phase 1: 2 postdoc and 8 doctoral positions; phase 2: 5 postdocs and 7 doctoral positions.

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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