Cultural Anthropology/ European Ethnology is one of the disciplines that emerged from the field of Folklore Studies (Volkskunde). The discipline combines research approaches from the Social Sciences and Humanities and is currently taught at 25 universities in Germany.
The Institute for Cultural Anthropology/ European Ethnology at the University of Münster was established in 1954 and comprises two full professorships. The research and teaching focus of the Institute are the study of everyday life and popular culture in contemporary and historical perspectives. Our methodologies and objectives include current approaches from Cultural Anthropology and Historical Anthropology. The empirical research focus and expertise of our team are museum and museology, collections, material culture, history of anthropological disciplines, family and kinship.
Visiting Lecturers (winter semester 2019/20)
Dr Thomas Reich, Landesarchiv NRW, Abteilung Westfalen, Münster
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Which courses are currently offered in English?
You can find a list of courses offered (BA and MA level) at our Faculty here: https://www.uni-muenster.de/GeschichtePhilosophie/StudiumLehre/lehrfs.html
Which referencing style should I be using for my course work?
Exchange students may use the Harvard referencing style for any course work delivered in English.
For a full list please see our staff main page (German).
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Latest publications in English
Mimica, Tena; Nieradzik, Lukasz and Timm, Elisabeth (2019)): Embellyshing Pictures, Gifting Welfare: Mapping Contemporary Pregnancy Photography between Popular and Municipal Uses in Vienna. In: body politics. Zeitschrift für Körpergeschichte 7(11): 229-256.
Timm, Elisabeth (2019): The single-family home between politics, consumerism, and the everyday: locating the West German case. In: Anne Caplan, Christiane Cantauw, Elisabeth Timm (eds.): Housing the Family. Locating the Single-Family Home in Germany. Berlin: jovis, pp. 12-28.
Timm, Elisabeth (2019): Confession and images. How universities present themselves with academics and their families. In: Christian Vogel, Sonja E. Nökel (eds.): Gesichter der Wissenschaft. Repräsentanz und Performanz von Gelehrten in Porträts. Göttingen: Wallstein, pp. 179-192.
Keller-Drescher, Lioba (2014): From Princess Bride to Fashion Queen: Wedding Gowns as a Strategy and Spatial and Physical Staging Act. In: Flicker, Eva; Seidl, Monika (eds.): Fashionable Queens: Body - Power - Gender. (Austrian Studies in English, Vol. 103). Frankfurt/Main, Berlin, Bern, New York, Wien: Peter Lang, pp. 37-48.
Keller-Drescher, Lioba (2013): The Promise of Things. In: Monique Scheer et al. (eds): Out of the Tower. Essays on Everyday Life. Tübingen: Tübinger Vereinigung für Volkskunde, pp. 273-287.
Timm, Elisabeth (2012): Grounding the Family. Locality and its Discontents in Popular Genealogy. In: Ethnologia Europaea. Journal of European Ethnology 42(2): 36-50.
Harrasser, Karin; Timm, Elisabeth (2010): Behaviour Guides and Law. Research perspectives on the (In)Formal and its Currently Shifting Foundations. In: Behemoth. A Journal on Civilization 3(2): 11-52.
Laviolette, Patrick and Timm, Elisabeth (general editors): Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (Berghahn).