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Everyday culture always has to do with politics and economics - when we protest against the nuclear power or the deportation of refugees, when we take new forms of economic action (eg sharing of tools or tools, the exchange of unused clothing or the "saving" of Food from dumpsters) or if we value regional food as particularly sustainable.

For example, Freiburg's anthropology of political fields examines the effects of refugee policy, UNESCO's cultural heritage policy, student protests, and more.

From the perspective of an economic anthropology we are concerned with the valorization of culture, with our use of scarce, or with renewable resources, with the impact of the so-called meritocracy on our lives, with work and leisure.





  • May, Sarah; Sidali, Katia L .; Spiller, Achim; Tschofen, Bernhard: Key | Power | Tradition. Geographical Indications as Cultural Property (Göttingen Studies in Cultural Property 10). Göttingen 2017.
  • May, Sarah: Excellent! On the constitution of cultural property by geographical indications (= Dissertation / Göttingen studies on Cultural Property 11). Göttingen 2016.
  • Matthias Möller: Self-organized and living in solidarity. The revolving fund as an instrument of housing reform. In: Catherine Repussard (ed.): De la Lebensreform à l'altermondialisme. Métamorphoses de l'alternativité? | Life Reform - Antiglobalization. Metamorphosis of alternative movements? Strasbourg (Presses universitaires de Strasbourg) 2016, p. 159-178.
  • Tauschek, Markus (ed.): Power, political culture, resistance. Student protest at the University of Kiel. Munster, New York 2016.
  • Tauschek, Mark; Grewe, Maria (ed.): Shortage, lack, abundance. Cultural scientific positions dealing with limited resources. Frankfurt a.M. 2015.
  • Tauschek, Markus: Measuring science? On ambivalence of university rankings. In: Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften 1 (2015): 51-63.
  • May, Sarah: Cheese, Commons, and Commerce. On the Politics and Practices of Branding Regional Food. In: Ethnologia Europaea 43 (2013): 62-77.
  • Matthias Möller: "Impossible to use as a reactionary force". The Tubingen Soldiers Council in the First World War. In: Matthias Möller (ed.): Quiet stood? The story of an old barracks. Tübingen (Department of Culture of the University City Tübingen) 2009, p. 55-66.



  • Wood. Perspectives on Material and Culture, on Economy and Sustainability | Dr. Sarah May | Summer 2017
  • Schollenpflicht - Free train - forced migration. Cultural Anthropological-Folklore Issues Perspectives on Agricultural Space | Prof. Dr. Michael Prosser | Winter 2016/17
  • The culture of self-optimization | Prof. Dr. Markus Tauschek | Winter 2016/17
  • On the Origin and Use of Cultural Property | Prof. Dr. Markus Tauschek | Summer 2016
  • Target of the Information Society - Chasms of Digital Progress in Public Discourse | Prof. Dr. Werner Mezger | Winter 2015/16
  • Work?! Cultural Anthropological Research Approaches | Prof. Dr. Anna Lipphardt | Winter 2015/16
  • Shortage, Shortage, Abundance - Economic Anthropological Perspectives | Maria Grewe M.A. | Winter 2015/16
  • "And because man is human ..." - basic needs in beliefs and politicized contexts | Dr. Matthias Moeller | Summer 2015

 * This listing is an exemplary overview. A complete overview of courses and publications can be found on the personal pages of the staff of the institute.