Prof. Dr. Michaela Schäuble


031 631 3650
031 631 4212
Postal Address
for sending letters: Lerchenweg 36, P.O. Box 999, 3000 Bern 9
Consultation Hour
during the semester on wednesday 11 to 12 a.m.

Michaela Schäuble is an Assistant Professor in Social Anthropology, specializing in media anthropology at the University of Bern. She is also a qualified documentary filmmaker.  From 2013 to 2014 she was a lecturer at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at Manchester University and from 2008-2013 a member of scientific staff at the Institute for Ethnology at the University of Halle-Wittenberg. In 2009 she gained her doctorate with a thesis on nationalism and the remembrance of violence in post-war Croatia.  She is currently researching ecstatic religious cults and the veneration of saints in the European Mediterranean region, as well as trance and dramatization in ethnographic documentary films.  She has held research posts and fellowships at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University (2012/2013), the Institute of Advanced Studies in Bologna (2011/2012) and UCL University College London (2006/2007).

Research Fields

  • media anthropology & audio-visual anthropology       
  • religion
  • social memory
  • gender
  • space and place
  • post-scocialist transformation (mainly former Yugoslavia/Balkans)
  • anthropology of the Mediterranean
  • nationalism
Narrating Victimhood - available as paperback now

Current Research Project

  • SNF-AGORA Project, starting  01.01.2018 "Tarantism Revisited. A collaborative crossmedia project on performance, cultural heritage and popular religion" - in cooperation with Anja Dreschke
  •  „Religious Rituals as Coping Strategies for Conflicts“, subproject No. 6  of the Interfaculty Research Cooperation (IRC) „Religious Conflicts and Coping Strategies“ (Main applicant: Prof. Dr. Katharina Heyden) at the University of Berne. Project lead by Prof. Dr. Michaela Schäuble, Departemnt of Social Anthropology, Prof. Dr. David Plüss, Department of Practical Theology, starting 01.03.2018
  • Research platform„Auto-Bio-Graphy. Historiographic perspectives on self-testimonial in the arts“ in cooperation with  Prof. Dr. Christina Thurner, Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl und Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Vauthier


Past Research Project

Narrating Victimhood: Gender, Religion, and the Making of Place in Post-War Croatia

Current Book Project

“The Art of Controlled Accident”: Corporeal Cinematography in Ethnographic Films on Trance and Spirit Possession (1940s-1960s)

Publications of Prof. Michaela Schäuble

Autumn semester 2017

Exercise: Ethnography and performative practices of reeenactment

CREOLE Exchange an der UAB Barcelona