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Mag. Dr. Bernhard Hadolt, MSc

Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies

Contact Details

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna
NIG, 4th floor
Room: D0417

T: +43-1-4277-49515

Office Hours

Individual appointments arranged via e-mail


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Research Focus Areas

  • Vaccination, pharmaceuticalization and global health
  • Blood donation and tissue economies
  • Social transformation, cultural appropriation and new biomedical technologies
  • Materiality and material culture of/in biomedicine
  • Genetic testing in clinical practice and disaster forensics
  • Kinship, family making and assisted reproductive technologies
  • Policy making and bioethics in relation to genetics and assisted reproductive technologies
  • Affect and emotion and the political economy of health and illness

Short Biography

Bernhard Hadolt is an anthropologist with a particular interest in medical anthropology, especially the anthropology of biomedicine. He carried out research in Austria, Japan, and the Philippines on various topics revolving around social practices, social transformation, and policy making in the fields of assisted reproductive technology, genetic testing, vaccination and blood donation. His current research focusses on the marketing and implementation of HPV-vaccines in health care systems and tissue economies in relation to blood donation.

Bernhard Hadolt has been Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna since 2016; positions as Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna (2011-2016), Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, (2015), and Kyoto University (2011), Research Fellow at Osaka University (2007-2008), Senior Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, (2004-2009), Researcher at the Research Institute of Cultural and Social Sciences, Vienna, (2000-2002), Lecturer at the University of Vienna (1997-2011); Deputy Director of Studies (2011-2012) and Director of Studies (2012-2014) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna; Vice-Chair (2005-2019) and Chair (2010-2012) of the Work Group Medical Anthropology of the German Anthropological Association; Member of the Steering Committee of the European Network of Medical Anthropology at Home (since 2004); he has been lecturing at higher education level at various universities in Austria, Germany, Great Britain, and Japan.

Bernhard Hadolt received doctoral and master’s degrees in social and cultural anthropology from the University of Vienna (2003, 1993), as well as a master’s degree in medical anthropology from Brunel University, London, (1995), and completed the postgraduate program in sociology at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna (2004).

Selected Publications

  • Hadolt, Bernhard & Monika Gritsch (2017). Selling Global HPV: Pharmaceutical Marketing and Healthcare Policymaking in the Case of Human Papillomavirus Vaccination in Austria and Japan. In: B. Hadolt & A. Hardon, Emerging Socialities in 21st Century Healthcare. Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press: 45-59.
  • Hadolt, Bernhard & Anita Hardon, Eds. (2017). New Socialities and Subjectivities in 21st Century Health Care. Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press.
  • Hadolt, Bernhard (2017). Körperteile mit Wert: Die Kommodifizierung des Körpers in der globalen Bioökonomie. In: G. Seiser, Ökonomische Anthropologie: Einführung und Fallbeispiele. Wien, WUV: 343-363.
  • Dilger, Hansjoerg & Bernhard Hadolt (2015). "Medicine in context: Towards a social and cultural anthropology of medicine(s) in an interconnected world." Medicine Anthropology Theory 2(3): 132-153.
  • Hadolt, Bernhard (2011). ‘Siting’ Genetic Counselling For Pre-Symptomatic Genetic Testing in Austria. In: S. Fainzang & C. Haxaire, Of Bodies and Symptoms: Anthropological Perspectives on their Social and Medical Treatment. Tarragona, URV Publicacions: 261-274.
  • Dilger, Hansjörg & Bernhard Hadolt, Eds. (2010). Medizin im Kontext: Krankheit und Gesundheit in einer vernetzten Welt. Frankfurt/Main, Peter Lang Verlag.
  • Hadolt, Bernhard, Viola Hörbst & Babette Müller-Rockstroh (2012). "Biomedical techniques in context: On the appropriation of biomedical procedures and artifacts." Medical Anthropology 31(3): 179-195.
  • Hadolt, Bernhard & Monika Lengauer (2009). Genetische Beratung in der Praxis: Herausforderungen bei präsymptomatischer Gendiagnostik am Beispiel Österreichs. Frankfurt/Main, Campus.