Anthropology in Motion: Encounters with current trajectories of scholarship from Austria


Andre Gingrich (Ed.): Anthropology in Motion: Encounters with current trajectories of scholarship from Austria (The RAI Country Series 4)
Canon Pyon: Sean Kingston 2021.


Anthropology in Austria has come a long way, in terms of achieving diversity, growth and international visibility, since first emerging in Vienna, the capital of the former Habsburg Empire, and now of one of its main successor countries. This volume combines elements of critical self-reflection about that academic past with confidence in the intellectual currents presently in motion across the discipline.

As with the country’s contributions to world literature and music, the trajectory of social-cultural anthropology may be seen as a good example of the global relevance of research in Austria within the humanities and social sciences. This ‘anthropology in motion’ situates itself at the intersections between contemporary and historical research, but also often between the natural and the social sciences. It shows a commitment to conceptual and theoretical pluralism, but, equally importantly, a dedication to the maintenance and improvement of standards of methodological quality. Whether empirical research is focused on studies at home or abroad, the blending of renewed forms of ethnographic fieldwork with solid comparative analyses and archival research characterizes many of these ongoing advances.

Andre Gingrich
Advances, transitions and other forms of motion: Introducing the trajectories of anthropology in Austria (Chapter 1)

Eva-Maria Knoll
In motion: Genes, identities and mediated lives in dispersed small-scale contexts (Chapter 4)

Stephan Kloos
From Buddhist deities to the spirit of capitalism: Tibetan medicine and the remaking of Inner Asia (Chapter 6)

Maria Six-Hohenbalken
Mnemotopes and memoryscapes in a transnation: The commemorations of extreme violent experiences in Kurdish and Yezidi society (Chapter 7)

Andre Gingrich
Riddles of the past: Historical anthropology and the history of anthropology (Chapter 8)