Carolin Hirsch

Carolin Hirsch is a doctoral candidate at the research group Social and Political Anthropology. She did her Bachelors degree at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Sociology and German philology (B.A.). She got her Masters degree at the University of Konstanz Sociology (M.A.). Her master thesis "Akteure an der Tonne - Dumpster Diving als politischer Aktivismus"  was about the phenomenon of Dumpster Diving. She investigated under which circumstances Dumpster Diving is turning into political activism.

Her Phd project "Activist becomings in contemporary Myanmar" is dealing with upcoming activism in southeastasian Myanmar, through which actors seek to transform their own social realities and shape political infrastructures. Her Phd project seeks to understand the single processes through which activism is integrated into the everyday lifes of the actors and also to recognize the collective aspirations, through which the activists try to influence the political infrastructures of their social realities.

Learn more about her academic career and her research interests.



Journal Artikel (Peer Reviewed)


The Gendered Rebel. Challenging gendered norms through punk in urban Yangon. In: Journal of Burma Studies.


Religious Gift-Giving Turned Upside Down. On Monks and Punks in Myanmar. In: zfwu Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik 22: 6-27.


#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar. Putsch, Protest und Punk. In: Rauditum Fanzine #5. 2021.

Die Kämpferinnen für Freiheit und Demokratie. high potential. 2021.

Becoming Rebel Punk – (Per)forming (as) a cultural minority. MynamarMemo. 22/01/2021.

Review 'Punk and Revolution'. Allegra Lab. 02/12/2019.

'Rescuing' Food. Dumster Diving as Political Activism. Allegra Lab. 13/09/2019.

Break The Silence: #AskForZarni – A new initiative against sexual harassment in Yangon. MyanmarMemo. 10/10/2018.

Religiöse Praxis neu aufgelegt. Food Not Bombs Myanmar. südostasien: Zeitschrift für Politik - Kultur - Dialog. 2/2017.


Myanmar. 9B-Podcast-Folge gemeinsam mit Benedict Mette-Starke. KIM Uni Konstanz. 23/06/2021.

Interview auf Asia Art Tours: "“Punks not Coups!” – Carolin Hirsch: On Myanmar’s Punks & Their Fight for Freedom". 2021/05/20.

MHX Info Spezialbeitrag zu den Kämpfen in Myanmar: Ein Interview mit der Expertin Carolin Hirsch und ein Gespräch über den United Punk Solidarity Sampler aus dem Kochareal, auf 2021/05/09.

Livestream-Gespräch im Rahmen des Podcasts „99 ZU EINS“ – „Carolin Hirsch über die Massenproteste gegen den Militärputsch in Myanmar“. 2021/02/21.

Interview auf " - Das independent-Musikmagazin": Frauen im Musikbusiness – Carolin: Anthropologin, Aktivistin und EU-Tour-Managerin von “Rebel Riot”. 2020/06/02.

Radio Interview in dem Segment "Opinion Leader" (MI Radio) über über ihre Initiative "Break The Silence: #AskForZarni" (mit Ada Chai).

Zeitungsinterview über ihr PhD Projekt "Activist becomings in contemporary Myanmar". 2018/09/08.


Becoming Rebel. Activism and infrastructural violence in urban Yangon. At: Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Gendered Rebel - A microstudy of mainstreaming society in Myanmar. At Interdisciplinary Myanmar Conference: Myanmar’s Transition – from Where to Where?, 25.-27.05.2021, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland.

Becoming rebel -Performing social minority through a punk collective. At: Myanmar Conference 2020. Minorities in Myanmar, Stuttgart, Germany.

(In)visible people in (non)existing spaces - The setting up of alternative spaces in the already existing urban space. At: Movement, Protest, Activism. Interdisciplinary Approaches to an Elusive Phenomenon. Workshop held at University of Konstanz, Germany.

#AskForZarni - Open discussion on prevention of sexual harassment and assault in the public space. At: Hotel G as part of the Women's Rights Week 2019 in collaboration with the Institut Francais de Birmanie, Yangon, Myanmar.

"We cook our own Punk curry". The Punk movement in Myanmar. At: Migratory Models in Myanmar. Workshop at the University of Konstanz, Germany.

Activist becoming in contemporary Myanmar - First finding from fieldwork. At: Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Copenhagen, Denmark.

Activist becomings in contemporary Myanmar. At: Interdisciplinary Myanmar Conference 2017. University of Bonn, Germany.


#WeStandWithMyanmar- Solidarity groups and activism within Europe. Panel at Interdisciplinary Myanmar Conference: Myanmar’s Transition – from Where to Where?, 25.-27.05.2021, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland.

"Intersectional Identities and Fieldwork - (Re)Positioning the Researcher", together with Corinna Di Stefano. At: Session at Workshop "Dependency, Vulnerability and Embodied Fieldwork", University of Bonn.


Myanmar-Institut e. V.

European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft

German Solidarity with Myanmar Democracy e.V.