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

Schäuble, Michaela. 2021. “Performing and Re-enacting Lament in the Mediterranean: Ritual Mourning and the Migration of Images in Rural Southern Italy”, SI “Rethinking the Mediterranean”, edited by Simon Holdermann, Christoph Lange, Michaela Schäuble & Martin Zillinger. ZfE | JSCA 146: 53-74.

Holdermann, Simon, Christoph Lange, Michaela Schäuble & Martin Zillinger. 2021.  Rethinking New Media and Mediterranean Publics - ZfE | JSCA 146 (2021): 1–10

Holdermann, Simon, Christoph Lange, Michaela Schäuble & Martin Zillinger. 2020.  Rethinking the Mediterranean: Extending the Anthropological Laboratory Across Nested Mediterranean Zones - ZfE | JSCA 145 (2020): 175–196

>>The Struggle between the Self and the God>>. Maya Derens haitianisches Filmmaterial (1947-1952)“, inSelbstverlust und Welterfahrung. Erkundungen einer pathischen Moderne , herausgegeben von Björn Bertrams und Antonio Roselli. Turia & Kant: Wien 2021, S. 226-253.

Blogbeitrtag: Michaela Schäuble, with and without a camera

Rezension von Heike Behrends «Menschwerdung eines Affen. Eine Autobiografie der ethnologischen Forschung» in Der Freitag

Artikel zur Forschungsübung: Feldforschung Draussen und im Netz

Vortrag und Workshop: "Trancedisciplinarity? Transgressing Global Realities“ in der Vortragsreihe „Transdisziplinarität in und mit den Künsten“ an der ZHdK


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)

Completed PhDs

1st supervisor:

Dr. des. Zainabu Jallo

Dr. des. Aubry, Gilles

Dr. Dr. Urich van Loyen


2nd supervisor:

Dr. des. Sandra Mooser

Dr. Lene Faust

Dr. des. Harry Rödel

Publications of Prof. Michaela Schäuble


CREOLE: IP - Intensive Program

Introduction to Religious Anthropology  (Sachbereich IV)

“Contamination” – A Key Term in Modern and Contemporary Discourses

Master Colloquia - Prof. Schäuble

PhD Colloquia


Course reseach II

Master Colloquia - Prof. Schäuble

PhD Colloquia


course reseach I

Master Colloquia

PhD Colloquia


Seminar: Ecstasy and Madness

Auto_Bio_Grafie. Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

Master Colloquia

PhD Colloquia


Storytelling in documentary film

Introduction to religious anthropology

Master Colloquia

PhD Colloquia


Theory and History of ehtnographic films + Visionierung

Anthropologists as Novelists

Master Colloquia

PhD Colloquia


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)


Exercise: Ethnography and performative practices of reeenactment

CREOLE Exchange an der UAB Barcelona