As a cultural anthropologist and filmmaker my main interests are media, art, religion (myth, ritual), and intangible cultural heritage.

In 2007 I received my PhD from Bayreuth University with a thesis on the land-diving spectacle of the Sa in Vanuatu. As guest lecturer I've taught Cultural - and Media Anthropology at universities in Münster, Göttingen, Friedrichshafen, Berlin, Mainz, Vienna, Suva (University of the South Pacific) and Johannesburg (City Varsity). I have done research in Oceania and Sub-Saharan Africa for more than five years.

As a filmmaker and –producer I produce and author nonfictional films and crossmedia projects; some of which for television, some have been shown on festivals or conferences. I am a committee member of both the largest German Film Union AG DOK as well as in the Association of Freelancing Anthropologists (Bundesverband freiberufllicher Ethnolog_innen e.V.) that I also co-founded.

As a cultural producer I organize exhibition projects and enable cross-cultural encounters. I have founded the Forum of German-Pacific Encounters (Forum Deutsch-Pazifischer Begegnungen e.V.) that I preside as Chairman.



2007 PhD in Cultural Anthropology & History of Religions
(Bayreuth University; magna cum laude)

M.A. in Cultural Anthropology & History of Religions

(Bayreuth University; summa cum laude)



German, English, French, Bislama, Sa , Tacheles  


PRESENT Position

2000 -

Owner of Arcadia Filmproduktion


Past Positions & Scholarships

WS 2011-12

Gutenberg Lehrkolleg Gastdozentur

an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz


Research Fellow at IWALEWA-Haus

the Africa Centre of Bayreuth University

2005 - 2007

Lecturer at the Dept. of Media Studies,

Bayreuth University.

2002 - 2005

Research Fellow (Ph.D. scholarship) of the

Federal German Research Council (DFG).


Research Fellow at the Instititute of Pacific Studies;

University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.


Guest Lectureships (Selection)

SoSe 2010

Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz

Institute for Social Anthropology

2008- 2010

Free University Berlin,

Institute for Social Anthropology,

Master of Visual- and Media Anthropology


Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen

Department for Communication

& Cultural Management

2008 City Varsity Johannesburg (South Africa)

University of Vienna

Dept. for Social and Cultural Anthropology


Listed for Professorships


Senior Lectureship, Social Anthropology, University of Pretoria (second on list)

2009 Professor for Film & Media, FH Kiel (Platz 3), April 2009 (W 2; third on list)

Professor for Media and Visual Anthropology, FU Berlin (W 1; among the three final candidates, no list)



EASA European Association of Social Anthropologists

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde

(German Association of Social Anthropologists)


Forum deutsch-pazifischer Begegnungen e.V.

(1. Vorsitzender / Chairman)

ESfO European Society for Oceanists
bfe Bundesverband freiberfuflicher Ethnolog_innen e.V. (Vorstandsmitglied / Committee Member)




Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dokumentarfilm

Largest Film Union in Germany.

(Vorstandsmitglied / Committee Member)


European Documentary Network

AG Visuelle Anthropologie AG Visuelle Anthropologie, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde
MAN Media Anthropology Network

Deutscher Fachjournalistenverband
























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