Curriculum Vitae

Academic Education

2010
Habilitation (PD Dr. habil.), Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

2000
Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in Cultural Anthropology (Ethnology), Dissertation: Rites, Feasts and Politics in Northern Vietnam. Between Ideology and Tradition (published in German)

1988
M.A. (Magister Artium) in Cultural Anthropology, Thesis: Islamic Education for Girls in Indonesia

1994-2000
Ph.D. Programme, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany (Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, German as a Foreign Language)

1981-1988
Magister Artium Programme, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany (Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, German as a Foreign Language)

Professional Experience

Since 11/2010
Head of Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale.

2009-2010
Senior Research Fellow, Department II, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropologie, Halle/Saale. Project group “Social Support and Kinship in China and Vietnam”.

2005-2009
Post-doctoral Research Fellow (funded by GERMAN SCIENCE FOUNDATION), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Freiburg. Research project on spirit mediumship in contemporary Northern Vietnam.

2004–2005
Post-doctoral Research Fellow (funded by GERMAN ACADEMIC EXCHANGE SERVICE), Institute of Ethnology, University of Heidelberg (Germany). Preparation of research proposal.

2001-2004
Director of Study Information Center (DAAD - GERMAN ACADEMIC EXCHANGE SERVICE), Hanoi University of Technology (HUT). Coordinated activities of DAAD and HUT, organized lectures, workshop, education fairs, and networked with government and international agencies involved in higher education.

1999–2001
Associate Lecturer, Southeast Asian Studies Program, University of Passau (Germany).

1996–1998
Ph.D. Research Fellow (funded by FORAREA), University of Passau (Germany). Participated in interdisciplinary research project on developments in vietnamese craft villages since the economic reforms

1991-1994
Language Instructor, Department of German, Prince of Songkla University, Pattani (Thailand). Designed and taught German language courses, organized cultural activities

1989-1991
Language Instructor, Department of German, Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok (Thailand). Designed and taught German language courses and courses on German culture and geography, compiled a study manual on German geography

Fieldwork

2010-2011
(6 months) Ethnographic research on cross-border trade relations of market vendors in Lao Cai, Vietnam

2009
(3 weeks) Pre-fieldwork trip to Vietnam, Exploration of markets in Hanoi and the Sino-Vietnamese border region

2006               
Ethnographic research on spirit mediumship in urban northern Vietnam under a variety of aspects such as ritual transformation, performance, gender, ritual economics (gift-economy)

2001-2003     
Field research, Vietnam (Hanoi, besides working at HUT). Began new research on Vietnamese spirit mediumship. First contacts with practitioners in an urban setting, life-history interviews with selected informants

1998               
Field and archival research, Vietnam (6 months): Further research on revivification and transformation of village festivals in a Northern Vietnamese village. Archival research (Hanoi) on cultural politics under communist rule

1996-1997     
Field research, Vietnam (12 months). Research on revival of religious traditions and gender issues in Vietnamese craft villages.

1987   
Graduate student research (5 months). Interviews and participant observations in Islamic boarding schools in Java and Sumatra

Teaching

2011/2012
Advanced Course Tutorial, MA and PhD Course, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

2011
Trade and Markets as a Field of Anthropological Study, MA Course, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

2010
Introduction to the Anthropology of Religion, BA Course, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

2009/2010
Life Stories as a Method in Anthropology, BA Course, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

2007/2008      
Anthropological Approaches to Life Stories and Personal Narratives. Project Seminar; Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Freiburg

2005/2006      
Shamanism and Spirit Possession in Mainland Southeast Asia. Senior Seminar; Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Freiburg

2004/2005      
Ethnography of Vietnam. Seminar; Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Freiburg

2003               
Introduction to Vietnamese History and Culture. Reading course, Technical University Hanoi/University Hohenheim

2000/2001                 
Introduction to Twentieth Century Vietnamese Literature. Department of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Passau

2000                          
Intercultural Management Vietnam. Workshop, Department of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Passau
Introduction to Vietnamese Culture and History. Seminar, Department of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Passau

Organization of Panels at International Conferences

2010
Session co-organizer at the EUROSEAS conference in Gothenburg, titled: "Managing Social Relationships in Southeast Asia: Friendships, Business Contacts, and Support Networks"

2009
Session co-organizer for session at the German Anthropological Association's Biannual Conference titled: "Inside and Outside in Southeast Asia"

2007
Session co-organizer for session at the EUROSEAS conference in Naples, session titled: "Spirited Modernities: Prosperity Religions and the Politics of Cultural Identity in Contemporary Asia"

2006
Session co-organizer for session at the European Association of Anthropologists, 9th Biennial Conference, session titled "Spirits Going Global: Translocal Aspects of Spirit Beliefs and Practices"

Presentation at Conferences and Workshops (Selection)

2008
“Rituale für den Reichtum: Wirtschaftliche Transformation und religiöse Dynamik in Südostasien“, Humboldt University Berlin, Institute of Asian and African Studies, 7 July
“When ‘Unsound Customs’ become Culture: Đổi mới and the ‘Heritagization’ of Vietnamese Popular Religious Practice”, plenary lecture at the Sixth EUROVIET, Hamburg, 6-8 June

2007
"Engaging the Spirits of the Dead: Soul-Calling Rituals and the Performative Construction of Efficacy", paper presented at International Conference "Modernities and Dynamics of Tradition in Vietnam: Anthropological Approaches",Binh Chau, Vietnam: 15-18 December
"Contests of Commemoration: Virgin War Martyrs, State Memorials, and the Invocation of the Spirit World in Contemporary Vietnam", Paper presented at EUROSEAS, Naples: 12-17 Sep (with Andrea Lauser)
"Mediumship and Modernity: The Dynamics of Ritual Performance in Contemporary Vietnam". Seminar Presentation at National University of Singapore, Southeast Asian Studies Programme, May 8

2006
"Spirits on the Move: Religious Practices in Vietnamese Communities across the Borders". Paper presented at the European Association of Anthropologists, 9th Biennial Conference, Bristol, UK, 18-21 Sep.
"Fate, Memory and the Post-Colonial Construction of the Self: The Life Narrative of a Vietnamese Spirit Medium". Paper presented at the Fifth International Auto/Biography Conference, Mainz, 27-31 July.

2005
"Ritual Performativity and the Spirits of Capitalism: Lên Đồng Spirit Mediumship in Late Socialist Vietnam", Paper presented at the Vietnam Update Conference, ANU Canberra, Australia, August 11-12.
"Spirit Mediumship, Modernity, and the State in Contemporary Vietnam". Paper presented at the panel "Faith and Nation after Socialism", Biannual Conference of the German Anthropological Association, Halle, 4-7 Oct.

Membership in Scientific Organizationes

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde (DGV), Co-Chair of Regional Group Southeast Asia
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Asienkunde (DGA)
  • European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA)
  • Academic Network "Religious Dynamics in Southeast Asia“, funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG)

Languages

  • German (mother tongue)
  • English
  • French
  • Vietnamese
  • Indonesian
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