Michaela Schäuble is Professor for Social Anthropology with a focus on Media Anthropology at the University of Bern (CH). She also trained as a documentary filmmaker and regularly curates film programmes for exhibitions and festivals. 

From 2013 to 2014 she was lecturer at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology (GCVA) at Manchester University (UK) and from 2008-2013 lecturer (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Institute for Social Anthropology at the University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany). In 2009 she completed her PhD with a dissertation on nationalism, gender dynamics and the politics of commemoration in post-war Croatia.  Her current research focuses on ecstatic religious cults and saint veneration in the Mediterranean. As head of the SNF Agora project “Tarantism Revisted” she, in collaboration with Anja Dreschke, uses film and photography as a research tool in investigating re-enactment and (religious) performances as sites of revitalising and negotiating tradition, heritage and cultural identity in Southern Italy.

Michaela 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

Michaela Schäuble (2019) Ecstasy, Choreography and Re-Enactment: Aesthetic and Political Dimensions of Filming States of Trance and Spirit Possession in Postwar Southern Italy, Visual Anthropology, 32:1, 33-55, 

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Im Rahmen der Programmreihe „Im Rausch der Sinne: Kino als Ekstase“ (https://www.rexbern.ch/programmreihe/im-rausch-der-sinne-kino-als-ekstase/) hält Prof. Dr. Michaela Schäuble zwei Vorträge und Filmeinführungen im Kino Rex.

Am Montag, den 13.5.2019 zum Doppelprogramm Jean Rouch: https://www.rexbern.ch/filme/doppelprogramm-jean-rouch/

Am Sonntag, den 19.5.2019 zu Maya Derens „Divine Horseman: The Living Gods of Haiti“ https://www.rexbern.ch/filme/divine-horsemen-the-living-gods-of-haiti/

Das Foto "Rituelle Gegenstände populärer Religiosität“ aus dem Forschungsprojekt Tarantism Revisited von Anja Dreschke und Michaela Schäuble wurde in dem SNF-Wettbewerb für wissenschaftliche Bilder in der Kategorie „das Forschungsobjekt“ ausgezeichnet
Begleitend zur Ausstellung „Ekstase“ am Zentrum Paul Klee stellt am Montag, den 3. Juni (18:00-20:00) Prof. Dr. Michaela Schäuble ihre aktuelle Forschung und ihr Filmprojekt im Haus der Universität Bern vor Tarantismus - Tanzwahn

New encyclopedia entry on "Visual Anthropology" published in The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, edited by Hilary Callan.

© 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Published 2018 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

by Michaela Schäuble


Wiley Online Library: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118924396

Current Research Project


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


Storytelling in documentary film

Introduction to religious anthropology

Master colloquia

PhD colloquia

Spring Semester 2018

Seminar: Sensory Ethnography

Exercise: Essay film and ethnographic film

Seminar: Marian Apparitions in Europe

Exercise: Film verORTen: Film as a social science research and communication method (introductory course)

Intensive Course (IP)

Autumn semester 2017

Exercise: Ethnography and performative practices of reeenactment

CREOLE Exchange an der UAB Barcelona