Curriculum Vitae

 

School - University

1981

Diploma (Abitur) from Wilhelm-Filchner Schule, Wolfhagen

1982

5-month trip to New Zealand

1982/83

Cultural Anthropology, Geography and Political Sciences at Marburg University

1983 – 1988

Cultural Anthropology, Political Sciences and Archaeology at Freiburg University

1986 

6-month study and research in Australia: Canberra (taking part in the biannual conference at the AIAS), Sydney, Perth

1988

M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Political Sciences at Freiburg University (Thesis “Land and Land Rights of the Australian Aborigines”)

1989 – 1990

1-year research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service ("Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst", DAAD) for anthropological research and fieldwork in Australia (Moree, N.S.W.)

1991 – 1992

1-year postgraduate scholarship from the research foundation of Baden-Württemberg ("Landesgraduiertenförderung")

1992

Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Freiburg University
(Thesis “Tradition and Transformation of the Role of Aboriginal Women in Australia”)

1994 

Presentation of Faculty Award for outstanding scientific results (Ph.D.)

Work Experience – Employment

1987

1-month traineeship at the Museum of Ethnology in Bremen working with the collection from Aboriginal Australia (documentation, guided tours)

1988 

3-month traineeship at the Museum of Ethnology in Freiburg working with the collection from Aboriginal Australia (exhibition, catalogue, articles)

1994 – 1996

2-year employment at the Museum of Ethnology in Cologne for the special exhibition “Female power and male dominance – Gender Relations in Cross-Cultural Perspective” (incl. editorial work for the catalogue, 2 vols.)

1998 – 2000

2-year employment at the Museum of Ethnology in Cologne in the South Sea department: reorganisation of the whole south sea collection (20 000 artefacts) and starting the new database (Access)

1999

1-month research trip to Micronesia (Guam and Yap)

2004 – 2007

3-year research project about the German physical anthropologist Hermann Klaatsch (1863 – 1916) and his journey around Australia from 1904 – 1907 at the Museum of Ethnology in Cologne: Klaatsch’s time in Australia, his collection(s) of cultural artefacts and his perception of the Australian Aborigines. Based on newly available historical documents from his three years in Australia. Financed by the Fritz Thyssen research foundation in Cologne.

2008 

Research assistant for the research project “Histories of Collecting Cultural Artefacts in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area” at the James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland

Since 9/2008

Free-lance anthropological researcher and consultant: research, publications, conference papers, lectures, projects, scientific consultant for book publications, journals, film presentations or radio stations (interviews, features), ethnographic researcher and consultant for museum collections and exhibitions 

8/2009 - 2/2010

Guided tours, workshops and vocational training courses for teachers at the exhibition "James Cook and the Discovery of the South Sea" at the art and exhibition hall in Bonn.

2011 - 2013

Senior Research Associate (in Germany) with the ARC funded Discovery Project "Objects of Possession: Artefact Transactions in the Wet Tropics of North Queensland 1870 - 2013" at the James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland

First newsletter of our research group, August 2011

Second newsletter of our research group, February 2012

Third Newsletter of our research group, December 2012

Fourth newsletter of our research group, December 2013

2013 - 2015

Research project funded by the German Reserach Foundation (DFG) "Early missionary and colonial perspectives on the indigenous cultures and languages of Western Cape York Peninsula, Australia, and the documentation of the cultural changes in this region based on written documents, ethnographic artefacts and historical photographs" at the Moravian Mission Archive, Herrnhut, and the Ethnographical Museum Herrnhut, Saxonia

Summary

2016

Visiting Fellow at Heidelberg University
(Summer Semester, May-July)
Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies
Junior Research Group "The Transcultural Heritage of Northwest Australia: Dynamics and Resistencies"
Research topic “Art, Culture and Religion at Beagle Bay in Historical Perspective”

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10/2016 – 04/2017

Research Fellow at Heidelberg University
„From the homo heidelbergensis to the dugong dance: Indigenous Cultural Heritage in Northwestern Australia as reflected in the German Science Tradition“
Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies
Junior Research Group "The Transcultural Heritage of Northwest Australia: Dynamics and Resistencies”

Teaching

1991  Lectureship in Cultural Anthropology at Freiburg University:
“Fieldwork – Theoretical Foundations and problems of practical
implementation”
1993/94 

Lectureship in Cultural Anthropology at Marburg University:
“Fieldwork – Theory and Method”

1994

Lectureship in Cultural Anthropology at Marburg University:
“Gender Studies in English Speaking Anthropology”

1996/97

Lectureship in Cultural Anthropology at Cologne University:
“Gender Relations in Cross-Cultural Perspective”

1997 

Lectureship in Cultural Anthropology at Göttingen University:
“The Australian Aborigines: Culture, Kinship, Religion”

2003/04  Lectureship in Cultural Anthropology at Mainz University:
“Gender Relations in Oceania”

Free-lance work

  • As an expert on Oceania and Aboriginal Australia for museum collections, exhibitions, catalogues
  • As an expert on Oceania, Aboriginal Australia, Religion, Cultural Artefacts and Gender Relations for further training courses (for teachers and students)
  • As a writer, contributing editor and scientific consultant for books, articles, journals and magazines (e.g. GEO, National Geographic)
  • As an expert on films from Oceania (for film clubs and film festivals)
  • As an interview partner for radio stations on Aboriginal Australia and related issues

Publications

  • 4 books
  • 1 contributing editor
  • 30 articles
  • 10 reviews

Research experience – Network – Contacts

  • Research, study and fieldwork experience in Australia and Micronesia
  • Networks and contacts with German and European museums and universities
    (esp. oceanic/south sea departments, curators and lecturers)
  • Networks and contacts with Australian and Micronesian museums and universities
    (ANU, JCU, SAM, UOG, MARC)

Membership

Active membership in 3 associations:

  • German Association of Anthropologists (DGV)
  • German Association of Australian Studies (GASt)
  • European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)