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: https://www.philbu.net/
Blog: https://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 Digital Ethnography (Digital Culture, Politics & Activism; Internet Histories)
  • Anthropology of Media (Indigenous Media; Media Activism; Mediation of Conflict; Media, Rituals & Performativity)
  • Anthropology of Technology & Infrastructure (Technologies as Material Culture; Digital & Transport Infrastructures; Technology-Enhanced Learning)
  • Science and Technology Studies (Socio-Technical Change; Technology Appropriation)
  • Visual Anthropology (Visual Culture & Communication; Digital Visuality)
  • Anthropology of Globalization (Transnationalism; Ethnicity & Nationalism in Global Context)

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 / HMKW Berlin. He is a member of the research group Visual Studies in the Social Sciences at the University of Vienna as well as a founding member and co-convenor of the Media Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. Together with Suzana Jovicic and Monika Palmberger he established the Digital Ethnography Initiative (DEI) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology. 

Budka studied Social and Cultural Anthropology as well as Communication at the University of Vienna (MA / Mag.phil. 2003) and Utrecht University. 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). Currently, he is working on projects on socio-technical relations and ethnographic research in the digital age. 

Budka is the editor of Theorising Media and Conflict (with B. Bräuchler, 2020, Anthropology of Media Series, Berghahn Books) and Ritualisierung - Mediatisierung - Performance (with M. Luger & F. Graf, 2019, V&R Unipress/Vienna University Press).

Selected Publications

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