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2017/18
Field research among the Wampar of Papua New Guinea in the context of a research project on International capital and local inequality: A longitudinal ethnography of the Wampar under the impact of a copper-gold mine and a timber biomass energy plant (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation)

2017
Guest professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vienna

2016 – 2021
Joint headship – with Prof. Dr. Martina Caroni and Prof. Dr. Stephanie Klein – of the University Research Priority group „Family Change in the Context of Migration and Globalisation“ at the University of Lucerne

2016
Field research among the Wampar of Papua New Guinea in the context of a research project on International capital and local inequality: A longitudinal ethnography of the Wampar under the impact of a copper-gold mine and a timber biomass energy plant (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation)

2014
Co-editor of "Sociologus. Journal for Social Anthropology"

2013
Field research among the Wampar of Papua New Guinea on mining and social transformations

2011 – 2014
Leibniz-Chair at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT, Bremen)

2011 – 12
Member of the ZiF research group "The Cultural Constitution of Causal Cognition. Re-Integrating Anthropology into the Cognitive Sciences", Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University

2009
Field research in the Philippines, focusing on the use of Social Network Sites and among the Wampar of Papua New Guinea on interethnic relations and transcultural kinship (funded by the Swiss National Sience Foundation)

2008
Professor of Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Lucerne, Switzerland.

2006
Professor of Anthropology, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Heidelberg.

2003/04
Field research among the Wampar of Papua New Guinea, focusing on a) interethnic relations and b) the senses in their cultural context (funded by the German Research Foundation).

2002 – 2005
Heisenbergstipendium, Fellowship of the German Research Foundation.

2002
Field research among the Wampar of Papua New Guinea and in The Philippines (Bohol, Zentral-Central Visayas) (funded by the German Research Foundation).(DFG-gefördert)

2002
Fellowship of the Maecenia Foundation (Frankfurt), for a Study of Women researchers in German Anthropology

2001/02
Visiting lecturer, Cultural Studies, University of Lüneburg

2001
Habilitation at University of Hamburg; Thesis Concepts of the body in interethnic relations and theories of race

1999/2000
Field research among the Wampar of Papua New Guinea and in The Philippines (Bohol, Central Visayas) (funded by the German Research Foundation).

1999
Field research in Loay, Bohol (The Philippines); filming & photography of Easter celebrations.

1998 – 2000
Habilitation stipend from the German Research Foundation for the project: “Physical differences in interethnic relations and their meaning for theories of race.”

1998
Prize 1997 of the Hamburg Science Foundation (Hamburgische Wissenschaftliche Stiftung)

1996/97
Field research in The Philippines (Bohol, Central Visayas) on: “The Ati: Interethnic relations and survival strategies among an ethnic minority;” and among the Wampar of Papua New Guinea (funded by the German Research Foundation).

1996 – 1998
Postdoctoral Fellowship from the German Research Foundation.

1996
Field research in The Philippines (Grant from the Hamburg Science Foundation)

1995
Ph.D in Anthropology, University of Hamburg; Thesis: German-Philippines marriages; matrimony and the migration of women.

1993/94
Field research in The Philippines on interethnic marriage and migration (Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD)

1993 – 1995
Doctoral Stipend from University of Hamburg.

1992 – 1996
Research on marriage migration in the Philippine community in Hamburg.

1992
Masters Thesis: Anthropological work on interethnic marriage in pre-industrial societies.

1986 – 1992
Studies in Anthropology, Spanish & Folklore, University of Hamburg

1966
Born in Frankfurt- am- Main, Germany.

Membership of Learned Societies & Research Teams

2009 – 2014
Board of the SEG (Swiss Ethnological Society)

since 2008
Research group, “Climate and culture” of The Young Academy of the the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities/The German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
www.diejungeakademie.de

since 2006 - 2014
Editorial Board of „Sociologus“
www.duncker-humblot.de

2004 – 2008
Research group, “Borders and crossings” of The Young Academy of the the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities/The German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
www.diejungeakademie.de

2003 – 2008
Member of The Young Academy of the the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities/The German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (Junge Akademie der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina)
www.diejungeakademie.de

AAA (American Anthropological Association)
ASAO (Association of Social Anthropologists in Oceania)
DGV (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde)
Esfo (European Society of Oceanists)
SEG (Schweizer Ethnologische Gesellschaft)