Field Work Impressions

New Ways of Ethnographic Collecting and Exhibiting

After a prepatory seminar in the winter term 2022/23, the actual field practice seminar takes place in summer term 2023 and deals with the conception, planning and implementation of an exhibition. Under the supervision of Sanda Üllen and Igor Eberhard 20 students are involved from brainstorming to financing, writing texts, selecting the objects to be exhibited, designing the exhibition to its opening and long-term archiving of the results.

The students decide to curate the exhibition under the title "Lost in Gender".  The presentation of objects of the department's collection as well as recent photographs and everyday-objects serves as a critical examination of the gender binary. Topics include the colonialist imposition of bisexuality on non-European cultures as well as current queer realities.

Naturwahrnehmung um den Nationalpark Neusiedler See - Seewinkel

In two field stays (March and June), 5 MA studetns under the supervision of Franz Graf and Gertraud Seiser spend three weeks in and around the national park Neusiedler See – Seewinkel.

During the first stay, the focus is on getting to know the region, its institutions and intensive discussions with experts. Between the field visits, the students develope small projects cooperatively but independently of each other, focusing on the perception of nature by different groups of actors. For this purpose, the empirical surveys are carried out during the second field stay.

  • field stay 1: 26.03.-02.04.2023
  • field stay 2: 29.05.-12.06.2023

Field School in Indonesia: Civil Society Organisations in Java

In summer term 2023, 8 MA-students under the supervision of Gabriele Weichart spend three weeks in Java, Indonesia.

Together with students from Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, they will work in different areas to explore the structures and work of different NGOs.

Waterworlds Philippines - Austria

In January 2023, 6 students under the supervision of Bernhard Hadolt spend almost a month in the Philippines. The research focus is on social phenomena, practices and meanings of drinking and domestic water as manifested in the Philippines and Austria from a comparative perspective.

Lea Nobel offers us insight into her individual research project.

  • field stay: 03.-31.01.2023