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Gisela Zimmermann M.A.



PhD student / research associate at the Research College

"New Travel - New Media"

Breisacher Tor, room 203

Rempartstraße 4, 79098 Freiburg

Tel .: 0761 203-98651



Research interests

  • Digital cultures
  • Media Anthropology
  • Object Culture
  • Pilgrimage research
  • Tourism


Dissertation project:

  • "Pilgrimage in the age of digital communication" (working title)



  • Since October 2018 research associate at the Research College "New Travel - New Media: Circulations of Contemporary Travel Experience between Practice and Representation" (funded by the Volkswagen Foundation)
  • 2014-2015 President of the European Association of Cartels (EKV)
  • 2012-2013 Museum Director of the Marchmuseums.
  • 2011-2012 Research Assistant at Marchmuseum, Wägital, Canton Schwyz (CH).
  • 2012-2014 communication officer of the landscape development concept Höfe and networking project Höfe in the canton of Schwyz (CH).
  • 2003-2012 Study of Folklore, Economic and Social History and Religious Studies at the University of Zurich (CH). Licentiate work: museum practice and regional identity using the example of the Linthebene.


Organization of meetings and events:

  • Panel discussion: "The role of Europe and its countries in the international competition for innovation, research and talent". 14.11.2015, Salzburg, European Cartel Association.
  • Lecture series on the conflict in Ukraine with EU Member Othmar Karas in Austria and the Ukrainian Honorary Consul Andrej N. Lushnycky in Switzerland. In Vienna: 19.02.2015 and Zurich: 23.02.2015, European Cartel Association.





  • GEEF - Society for European Ethnology in Freiburg
  • SGV / SSTP - Swiss Society for Folklore
  • SIEF - International Society for Ethnology and Folklore


Lectures (2018):

  • Fernuniversität Hagen (25.10.2018): Way of St. James 2.0 - Pilgrim rituals in virtual space. Workshop Pilgrim Research of the Arbeitskreis Pilgerforschung


Lectures (2019):

  • Hochschule Deggendorf (14.-16.11.2019): Insta-Research zum #westweg im Schwarzwald. Mit Nora Winsky, Forschungskolleg „Neues Reisen – Neue Medien“. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Tourismuswissenschaften e.V. (DGT): „Zukunft des Tourismus im ländlichen Raum“ 
  • Univerzitet Singidunum, Belgrad (26.-29.06.2019): Camino Stories online and offline. With Dr. Christian Kurrat, Fernuniversität Hagen. 11th annual International religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Conference
  • Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge (16.06.2019): What pilgrims say. How pilgrims stage their pilgrimage experience on social media. London International Research College. Pilgrimage and Tourism Conference.
  • Santiago de Compostela (14.-17.4.2019): Pilgrimage and Social Networks. SIEF Biannual Conference „Track Changes: Reflecting on a Transformin World“