Short biography

Born 1962, final exam (Abitur) 1982. In fall 1982 beginning of university studies at Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg - main subject social & cultural anthropology (Ethnologie) at the Südasien Institut/Heidelberg, additionally sociology and hispanic studies. In anthropology, my teachers were professors Georg Pfeffer, Reinhold Loeffler, Richard Burghart and Thomas Hauschild.

During university studies, the main foci of interests were History of Theories, Symbolic Anthropology, Mediterranean Anthropology, Discourse Analysis, Interpretive Anthropology, Gender, Functionalism, Intercultural Communication (in Cultural Anthropology); Literature of Spain (in Hispanic Studies); Social Inequality, deviance, M.Weber, M.Foucault, power (in Sociology).

In 1985-86 study at the University of Seville, Spain, mainly with professor Isidoro Moreno-Navarro.

In Seville, fieldwork during these 12 months (and also later, in 1988) on the subject of "Machismo and Homosexuality".

Dissertation completed in 1990, in 1991 PhD after passing the final exam with summa cum laude.

1991-2000, lecturing at various universities on different topics.

In 1992 move from Heidelberg to Berlin.

1996-98 research director at the Department of Comparative Cultural & Social Anthropology at Europa University-Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder.

During this time, fieldwork in Gibraltar was carried out (some pictures of Gibraltar here). The project was supported by Prof. Werner Schiffauer (Frankfurt/Oder).

1998 to 2000 working on habilitation (necessary pre-requisite for professorship in German university system), which was completed in November 2000. This was followed by

a visiting professorship in 2000 at the Institut für Europäische Ethnologie und Kulturanthropologie at Johann-Wolfgang-von-Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main,

a guest professorship in 2001 at the Institut für Völkerkunde at University of Hamburg,

a guest professorship in 2002 at the Laboratorio de Estudios Interculturales, Universidad de Granada/Spain and

a position as Theodor-Heuss-Lecturer at Gradudate Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at New School University/New York in Spring 2003.

a position as Adjunct Associate Professor (as anthropologist with specialization Europe) at Dept. for Germanic Studies, University of Texas/Austin from Fall 2003 – Spring 2005

In Spring 2005 fieldwork in Central Texas (4-5 months)

a position as Professor für Sozialanthropologie at Ruhr-Universität Bochum from Fall 2005 onwards

since 2010 Founding Member and Member of the Managing Board of the
Center for Mediterranean Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum

from March 2013-February 2014 Fieldwork in Tangier/Morocco