urban anthropology, traditions and cultural heritage, international organisations, anthropology of Buddhism, the culture concept, globalisation, utopian communes, general social and economic anthropology
Japan and East Asia
Christoph Brumann’s research has focused on urban anthropology, the political economy of cultural heritage, international organisations, economic aspects of contemporary Buddhism, the culture concept and its public life, utopian communes and their survival conditions, and Japanese society and culture. After studying Social Anthropology, Japanese Studies, and Chinese Studies at the University of Cologne and Sophia University, Tokyo, he obtained his doctorate (1997) and habilitation degrees (2005) from the University of Cologne. Since then, he has published monographs on the townscape conflicts of Kyoto and on the UNESCO World Heritage arena and a number of edited volumes. After visiting professorships at the universities of Düsseldorf, Cologne and Tübingen, he joined the MPI as a Heisenberg Fellow, fully coming on board as a Head of Research Group in 2010. He also is an Honorary Professor of Anthropology at the University of Halle-Wittenberg and a member of the Academia Europaea.