As a cultural anthropologist and filmmaker my main interests are media, art, religion (myth, ritual), and intangible cultural heritage.
In 2007 I received my PhD from Bayreuth University with a thesis on the land-diving spectacle of the Sa in Vanuatu. As guest lecturer I've taught Cultural - and Media Anthropology at universities in Münster, Göttingen, Friedrichshafen, Berlin, Mainz, Vienna, Suva (University of the South Pacific) and Johannesburg (City Varsity). I have done research in Oceania and Sub-Saharan Africa for more than five years.
As a filmmaker and –producer I produce and author nonfictional films and crossmedia projects; some of which for television, some have been shown on festivals or conferences. I am a committee member of both the largest German Film Union AG DOK as well as in the Association of Freelancing Anthropologists (Bundesverband freiberufllicher Ethnolog_innen e.V.) that I also co-founded.
As a cultural producer I organize exhibition projects and enable cross-cultural encounters. I have founded the Forum of German-Pacific Encounters (Forum Deutsch-Pazifischer Begegnungen e.V.) that I preside as Chairman.
|2007||PhD in Cultural Anthropology & History of Religions
(Bayreuth University; magna cum laude)
M.A. in Cultural Anthropology & History of Religions
(Bayreuth University; summa cum laude)
|German, English, French, Bislama, Sa , Tacheles|
Owner of Arcadia Filmproduktion
Past Positions & Scholarships
an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Research Fellow at IWALEWA-Haus,
the Africa Centre of Bayreuth University
|2005 - 2007||
Lecturer at the Dept. of Media Studies,
|2002 - 2005||
Research Fellow (Ph.D. scholarship) of the
Research Fellow at the Instititute of Pacific Studies;
Guest Lectureships (Selection)
Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz
Free University Berlin,
Institute for Social Anthropology,
Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen
|2008||City Varsity Johannesburg (South Africa)|
University of Vienna
Listed for Professorships
Senior Lectureship, Social Anthropology, University of Pretoria (second on list)
|2009||Professor for Film & Media, FH Kiel (Platz 3), April 2009 (W 2; third on list)|
Professor for Media and Visual Anthropology, FU Berlin (W 1; among the three final candidates, no list)
|EASA||European Association of Social Anthropologists|
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde
(German Association of Social Anthropologists)
Forum deutsch-pazifischer Begegnungen e.V.
(1. Vorsitzender / Chairman)
|ESfO||European Society for Oceanists|
|bfe||Bundesverband freiberfuflicher Ethnolog_innen e.V. (Vorstandsmitglied / Committee Member)|
Largest Film Union in Germany.
(Vorstandsmitglied / Committee Member)
European Documentary Network
|AG Visuelle Anthropologie||AG Visuelle Anthropologie, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde|
|MAN||Media Anthropology Network|