Habilitation (PD Dr. habil.), Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in Cultural Anthropology (Ethnology), Dissertation: Rites, Feasts and Politics in Northern Vietnam. Between Ideology and Tradition (published in German)
M.A. (Magister Artium) in Cultural Anthropology, Thesis: Islamic Education for Girls in Indonesia
Ph.D. Programme, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany (Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, German as a Foreign Language)
Magister Artium Programme, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany (Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, German as a Foreign Language)
Head of Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale.
Senior Research Fellow, Department II, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropologie, Halle/Saale. Project group “Social Support and Kinship in China and Vietnam”.
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.
Post-doctoral Research Fellow (funded by GERMAN ACADEMIC EXCHANGE SERVICE), Institute of Ethnology, University of Heidelberg (Germany). Preparation of research proposal.
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.
Associate Lecturer, Southeast Asian Studies Program, University of Passau (Germany).
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
Language Instructor, Department of German, Prince of Songkla University, Pattani (Thailand). Designed and taught German language courses, organized cultural activities
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
(6 months) Ethnographic research on cross-border trade relations of market vendors in Lao Cai, Vietnam
(3 weeks) Pre-fieldwork trip to Vietnam, Exploration of markets in Hanoi and the Sino-Vietnamese border region
Ethnographic research on spirit mediumship in urban northern Vietnam under a variety of aspects such as ritual transformation, performance, gender, ritual economics (gift-economy)
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
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
Field research, Vietnam (12 months). Research on revival of religious traditions and gender issues in Vietnamese craft villages.
Graduate student research (5 months). Interviews and participant observations in Islamic boarding schools in Java and Sumatra
Advanced Course Tutorial, MA and PhD Course, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Trade and Markets as a Field of Anthropological Study, MA Course, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Introduction to the Anthropology of Religion, BA Course, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Life Stories as a Method in Anthropology, BA Course, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Anthropological Approaches to Life Stories and Personal Narratives. Project Seminar; Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Freiburg
Shamanism and Spirit Possession in Mainland Southeast Asia. Senior Seminar; Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Freiburg
Ethnography of Vietnam. Seminar; Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Freiburg
Introduction to Vietnamese History and Culture. Reading course, Technical University Hanoi/University Hohenheim
Introduction to Twentieth Century Vietnamese Literature. Department of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Passau
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
Session co-organizer at the EUROSEAS conference in Gothenburg, titled: "Managing Social Relationships in Southeast Asia: Friendships, Business Contacts, and Support Networks"
Session co-organizer for session at the German Anthropological Association's Biannual Conference titled: "Inside and Outside in Southeast Asia"
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"
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)
“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
"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
"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.
"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)
- German (mother tongue)