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Prof. Dr. Thomas G. Kirsch

Professorship for Social and Cultural Anthropology

University of Konstanz
Department of History and Sociology
Box 38
78457 Konstanz

Room: F 518
Phone: (++49) (0)7531 / 88-2093
E-Mail: Thomas.Kirsch[at]uni-konstanz.de


Sylvia Seminara

Room: F 519
Phone: (++49) (0)7531 / 88-2400
Fax: (++49) (0)7531 / 88-3088
E-Mail: Sylvia.Seminara[at]uni-konstanz.de

Personal Data

Thomas G. Kirsch is full professor for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Konstanz. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) in 2002 and taught for several years at the Department of Anthropology and Philosophy in Halle (Saale) and at the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, before coming to the University of Konstanz in 2009.



Main research interests

  • epistemologies of social and cultural anthropology
  • dis/order and dis/integration
  • process, social practice, and performativity
  • human safety, security, and crime prevention
  • political and legal anthropology, democracy, and public policy
  • media anthropology, visual anthropology, and the ethnography of reading
  • technology, infrastructure, and built environment
  • southern Africa, particularly South Africa and Zambia


Empirical research

  • 6 months of ethnographic fieldwork (1994, 1996)
    in Peru (Alto Purus River, Cashinaua Indians)
  • 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork (1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2013, 2015)
    in Zambia (Southern Province, especially Gwembe Valley)
  • 13 months of ethnographic fieldwork (2003, 2004-2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
    in South Africa (Eastern and Western Cape Province)

Reviews and reports

Reviews/reports for research agencies

  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Economic and Social Research Council, Great Brittan (ESRC)
  • European Research Council
  • FWF Austrian Science Fund
  • National Research Foundation, South Africa (NRF)
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
  • Swedish Research Council
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)


Reviews/reports for academic journals

  • Africa (Journal of the International African Institute)
  • African Studies Review
  • American Ethnologist
  • Anthropological Theory
  • Anthropology Southern Africa
  • Anthropology Today
  • Ethos
  • Journal of Religion in Africa
  • Journal of Religious History
  • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
  • Sociologus


External PhD/MA examiner

  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
  • University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • University of Pretoria, South Africa



  • Mitglied im Vorstand des Excellenzclusters "Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration"
    (seit Dezember 2010)
  • Mitglied im Fachbereichsrat (seit Oktober 2012)
  • Fachbereichssprecher (Oktober 2010 bis September 2012)
  • Mitglied im Sektionsvorstand (Oktober 2010 bis September 2012)
  • Mitglied im Sektionsrat (Oktober 2010 bis September 2012)
  • Mitglied im Promotionsausschuss (Oktober 2010 bis September 2012)
  • Internationalisierungsbeauftragter des Fachbereichs Geschichte und Soziologie
    (November 2009 bis September 2012)
  • Mitglied im Plenum des Excellenzclusters
    "Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration" (seit Oktober 2009)
  • Mitglied der Studienkommission am Fachbereich für
    Geschichte und Soziologie (Oktober 2009 -September 2010)
  • Mitglied in der Auswahlkommission des Zukunftskollegs der
    Universität Konstanz (Wintersemester 2009/10)