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

Bernhard Tschofen

Bernhard Tschofen, Prof. Dr.

  • Co-Director / Professor
+41 44 634 58 60
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Research Interests

  • Anthropology of Space
  • Tourism Research (Alpinism)
  • Regional Ethnography
  • Everyday Culture/Historic Ethnography: Representations (food, clothing)
  • Cultures of knowledge
  • Heritage Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Visual and material culture


  • 2001: Habilitation for European Ethnology at Vienna University
  • 1999: PhD (“Very good/magna cum laude”) at the Faculty for Social and Behavioural Sciences at Tübingen University
  • 1992: Master’s Degree (“Very good”)
  • 1984/85 to 1992: Studies in Ethnology and Art History at Innsbruck University, and Cultural Studies and Art History at Tübingen University

Work Experience

  • From August 2013: Professor for Popular Culture Studies with focus on Anthropology of Space
  • 2004 to 2013: Professor (C 3) for Cultural Studies and Ethnology with focus on Regional Ethnology at Ludwig-Uhland Institute of Tübingen University
  • 2001 to 2004: Ao. Univ. Prof. at the Institute for European Ethnology at Vienna University
  • 1995 to 2001: University Assistant at the Institute for European Ethnology at Vienna University
  • 1992 to 1995: Curator at the Austria Museum of Folklore

Experience in Scientific Institutions and Associations

  • Vice President of SIEF – Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore (2017–2021, member of the Board 2008–2013)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Vienna Museum
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Vorarlberg Museum, Bregenz
  • Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Association Ski_Kultur_Arlberg, Lech a.A.
  • Second Deputy Chairman of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Volkskunde, DGV (2001–2004), Member of the Main Committee 1999–2001
  • Vice-President of the Verein für Volkskunde in Vienna (2004–2007), Member of the Main Committee from 1996, Corresponding Member from 2007
  • Expert experience for Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Schweizerischer Nationalfond, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, among others
  • Participations in various committees of the university self-administration, for example, Structural Committee of the Senate (from 2006) and Advisory Board of the University Radio (from 2008)
  • Chief Executive of the Ludwig-Uhland-Institute (10 2006–09 2009 and 03–09 2011), University of Tübingen
  • Vice-Dean for Research of the Economic and Social Sciences Faculty (2012/13), University of Tübingen
  • Member of the ICAS – Swiss Interacademic Commission for Alpine Studies (2014–2019)
  • Member of the Board (since 2018) resp. Executive Board and Vice President (since 2023) of SAGW – Swiss Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Member of the Board of Trustees Forum Landscape, Alps, Parks (SCNAT) (since 2019)

Research projects, publications and academic teaching experience