Institute of Historical and Cultural Anthropology

NEWS   and   EVENTS 

The Ludwig Uhland Institute (LUI) is the Department of Historical and Cultural Anthropology at one of Germany’s oldest and most renowned universities. It is located in the heart of Tübingen and is housed in two buildings in the complex of the Tübingen Castle (Schloss Hohentübingen), the former residence of the House of Württemberg and the university’s founder, Duke Eberhard I. The institute has its own publishing house (Tübinger Vereinigung für Volkskunde), an exhibition hall as well as a large collection of textual, graphic, photographic, audio, video, and material sources documenting past everyday and popular cultures, which are used in teaching and research.


Burgsteige 11 (Schloss)  |  72070 Tübingen

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Opening hours



during the semester Monday - Thursday 10 am - 6 pm
Friday 10 am - 2 pm
during the semester break Monday - Thursday 12 am - 4 pm

Institute Administration

(Margrit Stickel)

Tuesday - Thursday

9 - 12 am

2 - 4 pm

Friday 9 am - 2 pm

Academic Administration

(Jasmina Pfeiffer)

Monday - Thursday 9:30 - 12 am
Monday 1 - 2 pm
Tuesday / Thursday 2 - 4 pm

Office hours

Office hours - no appointment necessary. Office hours of the not mentioned lecturers by arrangement.

Karin Bürkert


2:30 - 4 pm

Gesa Ingendahl
Academic Advising, Internships, and Career Planning

2 - 3 pm
2:30 - 4 pm

Reinhard Johler


2:30 - 4 pm

Monique Scheer
changes possible current office hours


2:30 - 4 pm

Thomas Thiemeyer


2.30 - 4 pm

Study Abroad and Advising for Foreign Students


5 - 6 pm


Office hours during the semester break will be posted in the "News".

The Institute

The Ludwig Uhland Institute is located in the middle of the university town of Tübingen: the Institute's offices are housed in two buildings in the Tübingen Castle complex. Lectures are generally held in the university's main building. The Institute has important collections encompassing texts, pictures, photographs, audio and video recordings, and objects, which are used in teaching and research.


The Discipline

Empirische Kulturwissenschaft (EKW) in Tübingen is one of the disciplines that emerged from the field of Folklore Studies. It examines phenomena of everyday culture both in the present day and from a historical perspective. Both perspectives are used to analyze and interpret cultural orders and dynamics in modern societies. This is why we refer to the field in English as Historical and Cultural Anthropology. The basic theoretical category of EKW is culture, which is understood as the ongoing process of practical negotiation of the rules by which people, groups, and societies live together, communicate with one another, and distinguish themselves from one another. EKW investigates how people work, how they organize their daily lives and interact with one another, how they deal with both their natural and cultural heritage, and what images they themselves construct regarding these relationships.
At other universities, our field is called  "European Ethnology".