Tobias Scheidegger

Tobias Scheidegger, PhD

Senior Teaching and Research Assistant

Student Advisory Services: Bachelor

Phone: +41 44 634 92 98

Room number: AFL-G-203

Research Interests

  • Urban nature, ‘green’ urbanism
  • Urban grassroot movements of sustainability, sufficiency, commons
  • Artisanal food, culinary regionalism, changing images of farming
  • Visual dimensions, images and imaginaries of cities, policy discourses on ‘urbanity’
  • Popular natural science around 1900
  • History of science and popular knowledge
  • Neopatriotism, nationalist popular cultures, ‘Swissness’
  • Popular Alpine symbols (Edelweiss)


  • 2017–2018: Certificate of Advanced Studies in Higher Education Didactics, University of Zurich
  • 2009–2015: PhD studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Zurich; PhD thesis: “Petite Science”. Non-university natural research in Switzerland around 1900. Supervised by Prof. Dr. Thomas Hengartner and Prof. Dr. Philipp Sarasin. Further information
  • 2009–2015: Collegiate of the graduate school of the “Centre of the History of Knowledge” at the ETH and the University of Zurich. Further information
  • 2007: Licentiate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Zurich; .Master’s thesis: Strolling in ArCAADia: Computer generated visualizations as images of “Urbanity” (published in 2009 as Vol. 19 of the Zürcher Beiträge zur Alltagskultur)
  • 2001–2007: Studies in Ethnology, History and Philosophy at the University of Zurich
  • 1999–2001: Foundation studies in History, Ethnology and Philosophy at the University of Basel

Work Experience

  • From 6/2015: Senior Teaching and Research Assistant of the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, Popular Culture Studies, University of Zurich
  • 1/2009–5/2015: Teaching and Research Assistant at the Department for Popular Culture Studies at The University of Zurich
  • 1/2008–10/2008: Scientific research work for the exhibition project “Mythos Edelweiss” at the Botanical Gardens, Zürich and Genf


  • From 2017: Member of the Board of Trustees of the Stiftungsrat der Arnold-Niederer-Stiftung, Ferden (VS) Further information
  • From 2015: Member of the Editorial Committee of “Schweizerischen Archivs für Volkskunde” Further information
  • 2009–2015: Member of the Editorial Board of the “Schweizer Volkskunde” – Members’ journal of the Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde (SGV)

Publications and teaching experience