Dr. Philipp Budka


Contact Details

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna
NIG, 4th floor

E-Mail: philipp.budka@univie.ac.at
Website: www.philbu.net
Blog: http://www.philbu.net/blog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/philbu

Office Hours

On appointment via e-mail



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Research Areas & Interests

  • Digital Anthropology and Ethnography (Digital Culture, Politics & Activism; Internet Infrastructures; Cybernetics; Learning & Knowledge Transfer; Qualitative Internet Research)
  • Anthropology of Media (Indigenous Media; Media Activism; Media & Conflict; Media Rituals & Performativity)
  • Anthropology of Technology / Science & Technology Studies (Technology Appropriation; Socio-Technical Change)
  • Visual Anthropology (Visual Culture and Communication; Digital Visuality)
  • Ethnography as Methodology and Epistemology
  • Infrastructures and Material Culture
  • Globalization and Transnationalism
  • Ethnicity and (Neo)Nationalism

Short Biography

Philipp Budka is a lecturer at the University of Vienna (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology) and in the MA-Program "Visual and Media Anthropology" at the Free University Berlin. His research and teaching focuses on the anthropology of media as well as digital and visual anthropology. He is a member of the research group “Visual Studies in the Social Sciences” at the University of Vienna and co-convenor of the Media Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. 

Budka studied Social and Cultural Anthropology as well as Communication at the University of Vienna (MA 2003). Between 2003 and 2013, he coordinated several projects – mainly in the field of digital learning and teaching – at the Austrian Latin America Institute and the University of Vienna. He finished his doctoral studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna in 2017 with a thesis about the indigenization of the internet in Northwestern Ontario, Canada ("Indigenizing the Internet: Socio-technical Change, Technology Appropriation and Digital Practices in Remote First Nation Communities in Northwestern Ontario, Canada"). 

Selected Publications

  • Budka, P. (2019). Von der Cyber Anthropologie zur Digitalen Anthropologie. Über die Rolle der Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie im Verstehen soziotechnischer Lebenswelten. In M. Luger, F. Graf & P. Budka (Eds.), Ritualisierung - Mediatisierung - Performance (pp. 163-188). Göttingen: V&R Unipress/Vienna University Press.
  • Budka, P. (2019). Indigenous media technologies in "the digital age": Cultural articulation, digital practices, and sociopolitical concepts. In S. Yu & M. Matsaganis (Eds.), Ethnic media in the digital age (pp. 162-172). New York: Routledge. Introduction available at http://www.philbu.net/blog/book-chapter-indigenous-media-technologies-in-the-digital-age/
  • Luger, M., Budka, P., & Graf, F. (2019). Kultur- und sozialanthropologische Perspektiven auf Ritualisierung, Mediatisierung und Performance - Eine Einleitung. In M. Luger, F. Graf & P. Budka (Eds.), Ritualisierung - Mediatisierung - Performance (pp. 15-28). Göttingen: V&R Unipress/Vienna University Press.
  • Luger, M., Graf, F. & Budka, P. (Eds.). (2019). Ritualisierung - Mediatisierung - Performance. Göttingen: V&R Unipress/Vienna University Press.
  • Budka, P., & Bräuchler, B. (Eds.). (2018). Theorising media and conflict. New York: Berghahn. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Budka, P. (2017). Digitale Anthropologie. UniVienna Bloggt - University of Vienna Blog, 09.01.2017.
  • Budka, P. (2015). From marginalization to self-determined participation: Indigenous digital infrastructures and technology appropriation in Northwestern Ontario's remote communities. Journal des Anthropologues, 142-143(3), 127-153. Available at https://journals.openedition.org/jda/6243
  • Molyneaux, H., O'Donnell, S., Kakekaspan, C., Walmark, B., Budka, P., & Gibson, K. (2014). Social media in remote First Nation communities. Canadian Journal of Communication, 39(2), 275-288. Available at https://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/2619
  • Budka, P. (2013). Digitale Medientechnologien aus kultur- und sozialanthropologischer Perspektive: Überlegungen zu Technologie als materielle Kultur und Fetisch. Medien und Zeit, 28(1/2013), 22-34. Available at http://www.philbu.net/blog/article-digitale-medientechnologien-aus-kultur-und-sozialanthropologischer-perspektive/

Complete List of Publications & Presentations