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Michaela Schäuble


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* 21.04.1973 in Häg-Ehrsberg, one daughter (* 03.07.2011)


Since 04/2008    
Lecturer (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Insrtitue of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Research Fellow at the Istituto di Studi Avanzati, Universy of Bologna (Dec. 2011-Sept. 2012)


Ph.D., Social Anthropology, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Summa cum laude
Dissertation: Narrating Victimhood: Gender, Religion, and the Making of Place in a Post-War Dalmatian Community.
Funded by a PhD Scholarship of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation

European Doctorate in the Social History of Europe and the Mediterranean, Certificate of the Marie Curie Programme „Building on the Past: The Social History of Europe and the Mediterranean“; Host Institution: University College London (UK)

Marie Curie Research Fellow, SSEES - School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London

Member of the Postgraduate Research Programme “Gender Dynamics in Violent Conflicts”, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Bremen;
Member of the RAMSES2 – Network of Excellence of Research Centres in Human Sciences on the Mediterranean Area

MA, Visual Anthropology at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester (UK)
Graduated with distinction.
MA Thesis: “The Prevalence of Colonial Memory in Contemporary West Africa”MA Film: “Usch in the Bush” (DV, 31 min)
Funded by the German National Academic Foundation/Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Magistra Artium (MPhil), Comparative Literature, Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Tübingen, Grade 1,0 (equivalent to 1st grade)
MA Thesis: “Wiedergänger, Grenzgänger, Doppelgänger: Rites de Passage in Bram Stokers Dracula”

1993 – 2000      
Comparative Literature, Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Funded by the German National Academic Foundation/Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Yale University (USA); GPA 3.8
Funded by a scholarship of the Baden-Württemberg - Yale exchange programme


German (native); English (fluent), French (good), Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (intermediate), Italian (intermediate), Spanish (basic), Latinum


“The Art of Controlled Accident”: Corporeal Cinematography in Ethnographic Films on Trance and Spirit Possession (1940s - 1960s)


Jury member for the student film prize, GIEFF – Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival

since 2011         
Editorial Board of the Section „Gender and Sexuality“ von EastBoardNet: Remaking eastern borders in Europe: a network exploring social, moral and material relocations of Europe's eastern peripheries (   ), funded by European Science Foundation (ESF).

since 2010         
Co-Editor of the book series EuroMed – Anthropological Studies of the Euro-Mediterranean. LIT Verlag: Münster, Hamburg & London

since 2009         
Co-Founder and Spokesperson of the “Mediterranean”-Study Group of the DGV (with Martin Zillinger)

since 2009         
Co-Founder of the film series Cineéethnographie an der MLU (with Helen Hahmann and Eckehard Pistrick)

since 2008         
German member of the Management Committee of COST-European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research, Action IS0803: EastBoardNet; ESF


Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute - JRAI; Anthropology Matters


The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship, Istituto di Studi Avanzati (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Bologna

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) grant for participation in DGV-Conference in Vienna

Dorothea-Erxleben Prize for Best Dissertation of the University of Halle, 2009

Nomination for kfw-Prize for Development Research and Applied Social Studies (kfw-Preis für praxisrelevante Entwicklungsforschung), 2010

DAAD grant for participation in the 16th IUAES World Congress in Kunming, China

Nomination of “Mutterstücke/ Mothers – 4 Pieces” for Best Mid-Length Documentary at the HotDocs Filmfestival in Toronto, Canada

Award of Thüringische Staatskanzlei
 for “Mutterstücke/ Mothers – 4 Pieces”

Marie Curie Fellowship, Building on the Past: The Social History of Europe and the Mediterranean, University College London

2003 – 2006
3-year Post-Graduate Scholarship, Heinrich Böll Foundation

DFG - German Research Foundation, Travel grant for participation in the 11th Annual ASN World Convention, Columbia University, New York

Nomination for the 2006 Promotional Prize for Joint Film Productions by German and Eastern/South Eastern European Filmmakers, Robert Bosch Stiftung & Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg

EASA travel grant for participation in EASA Workshop The Frontiers of Visual Anthropology, Oxford University

EU travel grant for participation in the 8th Biennial EASA Conference, Vienna

DAAD, 12-months Dissertation Research Grant, (declined)

Fellow at Konstanzer Meisterklasse with Mary Douglas, Jan Assman, Lord Rolf Dahrendorf, Shmuel Eisenstadt, University of Konstanz

12-months Post-Graduate Scholarship, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes/German Scholarship Foundation

1997 – 2000
Graduate Scholarship, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes,/German Scholarship Foundation

1996 –1997
Baden-Württemberg stipend for Yale University

WORK EXPERIENCE (Academic and Non-Academic)

Freelance translator and editor
proof-read and prepared manuscripts for publication, translated manuscripts and articles from English to German (including Suhrkamp Verlag; PeaceWomen Across the Globe)

Author and Assistant Producer in Documentary Production Company
Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion
, Berlin   

Developed documentary formats for German TV, wrote scripts and treatments, pitched film ideas, co-produced TV-productions, negotiated with international commissioning editors

Arbeitskreis Medienpädagogik
e.V., Berlin
Developed curricula, taught video and sound production, taught film theory, facilitated media work experience

Stand-in Sales und Marketing Coordinator
D.Net Films Sales Leipzig

Film acquisition, issued film assessments, prepared contracts, represented films in international film festivals

Internship Goethe-Institute in Lomé, Togo
Assisted in programme development, taught German classes

Student Assistant at Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft, Universität Tübingen (Dr. Gudrun König)
Researched literature and images, copyedited texts

1994 – 1998
Co-organiser of the Shortfilmfestival Tübinger Kurz- und Kleinphilmnacht
Organised annual event (call for films, film selection, finances, programme), public relations, technical organisation, etc.

Internship Literary Agency/Literary Scouts in New York
Jutta Klein Associates Ltd.

Issued assessments of literary texts, researched licences and book rights

Assistant Undergraduate Career Services (UCS) at Yale University, New Haven
Administered study-abroad-programme and advised students studying abroad

Theatre Internship, Städtische Bühnen Freiburg
Dramaturgy and public relations

Volunteer in non-profit social and educational project Mitraniketan
in Kerala, South India   
Taught English in primary school classes, assisted in agricultural and literacy projects


Conference Committee of the second EastBordNet Conference Relocating Borders: a comparative approach to be held at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany from 11-13 January 2013.   

Workshop Co-Convenor (with Martin Zillinger)
Körperbilder und Bildkörper: Rituelle Ökologien und sakrale Landschaften im Mittelmeerraum, 34. DGV-Tagung "Wa(h)Re ‚Kultur'?" in Vienna

Organisation of Joint Colloquium MPI for Social Anthropology / Institute of Social Anthropology MLU, Halle (with Judith Beyer, Patrice Ladwig and Katharina Schramm)
Traces of the Colonial: Critical Reflections on (Post-)Colonial Theory

Panel organisation and chairing Imagining, Shaping, and Tagging: Changing Spatial Practices in South East European Land- and Cityscapes, 6th InASEA Conference: Southeast European (Post) Modernities), Regensburg

Workshop Co-Convenor (with Martin Zillinger)
Kontakt- und Bruchzonen in Landschaften des Mittelmeerraumes, DGV-Tagung "Kulturelle Aneignungen" in Frankfurt/M.

Workshop Co-Convenor (with Natasa Gregoric Bon)
The New Europe: The Politics of Recognition, Inclusion and Exclusion
10th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropology, EASA in Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Workshop Co-Convenor
Zur Relevanz von Gender in Konflikten und in der Konfliktbearbeitung
ZGS - Zentrum Gender Studies, Universität Bremen, 13.-14.02.2007

Workshop Co-Convenor
Gender in Konflikten und in der Konfliktbearbeitung, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Berlin, 10.-11.02.2006

Conference Co-Organiser
"Sehnsucht nach Kultur" - Ethnologie und Öffentlichkeit, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Tübingen University


"'The creative use of reality': researching invisible, imaginary and virtual realms of (religious) experience" at the 4th German-Israeli Frontiers of Humanities Symposium (GISFOH), sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and the Israel Academy of  Sciences and Humanities (IASH), Potsdam September 2013.

"Organized innocence": Gendered narratives of self-victimization and the politics of blaming in post-war Croatia" at International Symposium Bridging the Divide in Holocaust and Genocide Studies: Towards a Cross-Cultural Interdisciplinary Dialog , The University of Haifa (Israel), June 2012

"(De-)Militarized Masculinities: The Case of War Veterans in Post-1995 Croatia" (with Miriam Schroer), Doing Gender - Doing the Balkans. Dynamics and Persistence of Gender Relations in South -Eastern Europe, Humboldt Universität Berlin, May 2011

"Zwischen radikalem Realismus und visionärem Delirium: eine Annäherung an das filmische Schaffen von Luigi di Gianni", Ethnographie und Geschichtsdenken. Ein Workshop zu Ernesto de Martino und seinen Hinterlassenschaften, Lehrstuhl für Medientheorie in Kooperation mit der DGV Regionalgruppe Mittelmeerraum; Universität Siegen, April 2011

"Apparitions Along the Border: The Politics of Marian Devotion in Croatia and Herzegovina", EastBordNet- Konferenz "Remaking Borders", Catania (Sicily), January 2011

"Gender as a Marker of Ethnic Difference in the Former Yugoslavia", Research Seminar of the Christina Institute, Helsinki, December 2009

"Return of the Mediterranean: niche structures and reserves on the northern and southern shores", gemeinsames Institutskolloquium MPI für Sozialanthropologie und Seminar Ethnologie, MLU Halle-Wittenberg (with Thomas Hauschild), April 2009

"Turning Back to the Mediterranean? Euroscepticism and the (Re-)Conceptualization of Ethnic Regionalism in Croatia", bei der Konferenz Critical Spaces of Hope: Locating Postsocialism and the Future in the post-Yugoslav Anthropology, CEERES - The University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the British Academy, Chicago, October 2008

"How History Takes Place", bei dem Workshop Landscapes of Violence: Memory and Sacred Space, Max-Planck-Institute für Sozialanthropologie Halle, Oktober 2008

"Spiel mit dem Terror", im Rahmen der Vortragreihe Kulturdebatte im Turm in Berlin und Podiumsdiskussion zu Gewalterinnerungen im ehemaligen Jugoslawien, 2008

Participation in the Workshop? "Towards an Anthropology of Hope? Comparative Post-Yugoslav Ethnographies", School of Social Sciences, sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the British Academy, University of Manchester, November 2007

"Re-Visioning History through Landscape," Departmental Seminar, History Department, University College London, April 2007

"Die Indianer Dalmatiens", Vortrag im Rahmen eines Gastwissenschaftlerinnenaufenthaltes am GWZO - Geisteswissenschaftlichen Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropa, Universität Leipzig, January  2007


"Pilgerfahrten, Prozessionen und politisierte Umzüge: Landschaftsgebundene Marienverehrung in Dalmatien", 34. DGV-Tagung "Wa(h)re ‚Kultur'?" in Wien, September 2011

"The Militarisation and Masculinisation of Public Space in Post-War Croatia", 6th InASEA Conference on "Southeast European (Post) Modernities", April/Mai Regensburg 2011

"'Balkan Brothels': A Filmic Investigation into the Correlation between Trafficking and International "Peacekeeping Mission" in the Balkans", COST-Action, CEU, Department of Gender Studies, Budapest, November 2010

"How history takes place: an example from the Croatian-Bosnian border region," workshop meeting "Hidden Histories and Promised Lands", COST-Action, Queen's University, Belfast, November 2009

"Turning Back to the Mediterranean? Euroscepticism and the (Re-)Conceptualization of Ethnic Regionalism in Croatia", workshop meeting "Solid Seas and Liquid Lands", COST-Action, Istituto Luigi Sturzo, Rom, April 2009

"Future Nostalgia: Emotionalising the Past in Times of Political Transition. An ethnographic example from post-war rural Croatia" in the Panel/Session "Politics of the Past: Nostalgia, Authenticity, Conservation" at the IUAES World Congress 2008 in Kunming, China (postponed by organisers), 2008

"Contested Masculinities: Nationalism and Militarisation in Post-War Croatia," at "Building on the Past. Concluding Seminar of Marie Curie Fellows", Södertörns Högskola, Stockholm, 2007

"Diskurse über kroatische Kämpfer im ‚Heimatkrieg' (1991-1995)" bei der Konferenz Zur Bedeutung von Gender für die Analyse gewaltförmiger Konflikte, ZGS - Zentrum Gender Studies, Universität Bremen, 2007

"Recollecting Violence: Gender, Religion, and National Identity in Central Dalmatia" at "Building on the Past. Introductory Seminar of Marie Curie Fellows", Dipartimento di Studi Storici, Università Ca` Foscari, Venedig, 2007

"'We don´t need Europe, but Europe needs us': The Mobilisation of Local Reserves Against Globalisation in Contemporary Croatia", at 8th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropology, EASA in Bristol (UK), 2006

"Delimiting Islam: Marian Veneration and Battle Re-Enactment in a Dalmatian Sanctuary" at RAMSES II Conference "Mirroring and Syncretism between Mediterranean Religions", Institut für Ethnologie, Universität Tübingen, 2006

"Imagined Suicide: Narratives of Violence and Self-Sacrifice in Post-War Croatia" at 11th Annual ASN World Convention, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York, 2006

"Kriegsverbrecher, Helden oder Märtyrer? Aktuelle Diskurse zur Rolle kroatischer Kampfsoldaten im Jugoslawienkrieg (1991-1995)" bei der Konferenz "Zur Relevanz von Gender in Konflikten und in der Konfliktbearbeitung", Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Berlin, 2006

"Wars of Memory: Self-Victimization and Violence as Political Resource in Croatia" bei der DGV-Tagung in Halle/Saale, 2005

"Mythos und Märtyrer: Zur Reflexion des Balkan-Krieges im serbischen Film der 1990er Jahre" (mit Daniel Suber),  ">>Pastforward. Zur Darstellung von Geschichte in verschiedenen Medien", Humboldt Universität Berlin, 2005. Tagungsbericht:   

"Sacral Communication and Remembrance of War in Contemporary Croatia: Iconographies of Completeness and Healing versus Iconographies of Injury and Deficit" at? 6thBiennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropology, EASA in Vienna, 2004

"Erinnerung und Darstellung traumatischer Kriegserfahrungen in magisch-religiösen Praktiken: Die Rekonstruktion weiblicher Identität in Kroatien nach 1991" bei der Konferenz "Holy War` and Gender: Violence in Religious Discourses," Humboldt Universität Berlin, 2004

"Film und visuelle Medien in der ethnographischen Feldforschung" am Institut für Ethnologie, Universität Tübingen, 2003

"The Ethnographer`s Eye: Vision, Filmic Narration and Poetic Imagery in Contemporary Anthropology" at "Writing and Seeing- International Conference on Literature and Visual Arts", Porto, 2003

"Narratives of the Body: Memory and Representation of Traumatic War Experiences in Magic-Religious Practices in Croatia" at Konstanzer Meisterklasse, 2003


Member and member of the Management Committee of EastBoardNet - Remaking eastern borders in Europe: a network exploring social, moral and material relocations of Europe's eastern peripheries

DGV-Deutschen Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde

Co-Founder and Sokesperson of the regional group „Mediterranean“, DGV

AG Visuelle Anthropologie der DGV

EASA – European Association of Social Anthropologists

Visual Anthropology Network of EASA

SOYUZ: Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies

Member of the Executive Board ZGS – Zentrum Gender Studies, Universität Bremen (until Oktober 2006)

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