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ISEK - Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies Popular Culture Studies

Nikolaus Heinzer

Nikolaus Heinzer, PhD

  • Research Assistant
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Research Interests

  • Human-environmental and human-animal relations
  • Waters
  • Knowledge, practice and power
  • Rurality
  • Relational Anthropology
  • Multispecies Ethnography
  • Valuation Studies


  • 2015–2020: PhD in the SNSF Project “Wolves: Knowledge and Practice” at ISEK – Popular Culture Studies, University of Zurich
  • 2012–2014: MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich
  • 2006–2011: BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology (main subject), Spanish Literature (1st minor subject) and Political Science (2nd minor subject) at the University of Zurich
  • 2009–2010: ERASMUS residence in Santiago de Compostela
  • 1997–2006: Eberhard-Ludwigs-Gymnasium (High School) in Stuttgart
  • 2003–2004: Exchange year at the San Luis Obispo High School, California, USA

Other Experience and Memberships

  • Board member of the Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Volkskunde (SGV) Zurich section
  • Member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
  • Member of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF)
  • 2010–2011 Board member of the Committee for Development Questions of the ETH/UniZH
  • 2008 CLTR, author for the magazine for Zurich ethnology students
  • 2006–2011 and 2012–2014 Member of the student association for Social and Cultural Anthropology in Zürich and Munich

Publications and teaching experience