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Tuesday 22 February 2022,  2.00 – 5.30pm
(GMT) / 3.00-6.30pm (CET)

This webinar will be held on Zoom, to register go here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErceivqzsuEt2vZO8B8iwK57iTqG-zmFca 

Encounters with Anthropology in Austria

The RAI is proud to present this two part event, which discusses two important publications highlighting Anthropology in and from Austria, present and past:


Anthropology in Motion:
Encounters with Current Trajectories of Scholarship from Austria

(Sean Kingston/RAI Country Series)


Socio-cultural anthropology from Vienna under National Socialism (1938-1945):
Institutions, Biographies and Practices in Networks 
(Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Original title: Völkerkunde zur NS-Zeit aus Wien (1938-1945): Institutionen, Biographien und Praktiken in Netzwerken

Programme and speakers

14:00 – 15:30    Part I: Contemporary approaches / RAI Country Series ‘Anthropology in Motion’

Chris Hann (Director Emeritus, Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology)
Andre Gingrich (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Thomas Fillitz (Professor Emeritus, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna)
Eva-Maria Knoll (Senior Researcher, Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Peter Schweitzer (Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna)
Stephan Kloos (Acting Director, Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences)
João de Pina-Cabral (Research Professor at University of Lisbon, Emeritus Professor at University of Kent)

15:30 – 16:00    Break

16:00 – 17:30    Part II: Anthropology from Vienna during the Nazi period

David Shankland (Director, Royal Anthropological Institute) 
Barbara Plankensteiner (Director, Hamburg MARKK Museum)
Christian F. Feest (Professor Emeritus, Institute of Historical Ethnology, J.-W. Goethe University, Frankfurt/M.)
Andre Gingrich (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Peter Rohrbacher (Senior Researcher, Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences)




Anthropology in Motion: Encounters with Current Trajectories of Scholarship from Austria

Edited by Andre Gingrich

Anthropology in Austria has come a long way, in terms of achieving diversity, growth and international visibility, since first emerging in Vienna, the capital of the former Habsburg Empire, and now of one of its main successor countries. This volume combines elements of critical self-reflection about that academic past with confidence in the intellectual currents presently in motion across the discipline.

As with the country’s contributions to world literature and music, the trajectory of social-cultural anthropology may be seen as a good example of the global relevance of research in Austria within the humanities and social sciences. This ‘anthropology in motion’ situates itself at the intersections between contemporary and historical research, but also often between the natural and the social sciences. It shows a commitment to conceptual and theoretical pluralism, but, equally importantly, a dedication to the maintenance and improvement of standards of methodological quality. Whether empirical research is focused on studies at home or abroad, the blending of renewed forms of ethnographic fieldwork with solid comparative analyses and archival research characterizes many of these ongoing advances.

The book is published by Sean Kingston Publishers and available here: https://www.seankingston.co.uk/publishing.html 


Socio-cultural anthropology from Vienna under National Socialism (1938-1945):
Institutions, Biographies and Practices in Networks 

Edited by Andre Gingrich & Peter Rohrbacher

This publication of 1739 pages in three volumes with 42 contributions is focused on anthropology from Vienna during the Nazi years, inside the „Third Reich“ and in exile. Institutional and biographic networks as well as aspects of intellectual history are at the core of these investigations. They systematically present the history of an academic discipline within the general sociopolitical Central European and wider international contexts of those times. Beyond “Völkerkunde”/socio-cultural anthropology at the centre of investigation here, its wider range also includes important neighboring fields such as physical anthropology, archeological prehistory, folklore studies and African as well as Japanese studies. The present publication’s crucial research questions pursue the varieties of anthropological projects in and from Vienna, and their intersections with corresponding political interests. In these ways the extent of involvement in criminal Nazi activities is highlighted, while participation in the anti-Nazi resistance also is outlined. Special attention is given to the fine nuances between adaptation and resistance. –
contributions by 28 authors required documents’ assessments from more than one hundred archives in ten different countries. These were supplemented by published or initiated interviews with eye witnesses and family members wherever still possible. These three volumes are enriched by a helpful index in several parts and by more than 250 visual source materials, many of them publicly accessible here for the first time.

This German language publication is available via Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften here: https://verlag.oeaw.ac.at/voelkerkunde-ns-zeit-wien-19381945 



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