Institute of Historical and Cultural Anthropology

Prof. Dr. Christoph Bareither

Professor, Cultural Anthropology and Digital Anthropology
Director of the Ludwig Uhland Institute of Historical and Cultural Anthropology

Ludwig Uhland Institute of Historical and Cultural Anthropology
University of Tübingen
Burgsteige 11, 72070 Tübingen

Main Areas in Research and Teaching
  • Digital Anthropology / Digital Everyday Cultures
  • Cultures of Artificial Intelligence
  • Memory Cultures, Heritage & Museums
  • Social Media & Digital Image Cultures
  • Popular Cultures & Video Games
  • Ethnography of Emotions
  • Digital Ethnography, Computer-Assisted Data Analysis & Digital Humanities
  • Digital Science Communication & Public Engagement
Academic Profile

My research and teaching focuses on the ethnographic study of everyday digital cultures, combining the strengths of cultural and digital anthropology. The aim of my work is to contribute to urgent socio-political debates by shedding light on the transformations of everyday practices and experiences enabled by digital technologies (e.g. social media, digital image technologies, video games, machine learning). My work integrates a variety of other fields, such as popular culture research, research on memory cultures, heritage and museums, and the ethnography of emotions. The topics I deal with include, among others, cultures of artificial intelligence, digital image cultures on social media, digital transformations of Holocaust remembrance, populist truth-making in digital ‘post-truth’ societies, and video gaming cultures. I also contribute to the methodological development of digital ethnography and computer-assisted data analysis, bringing together cultural anthropology and digital humanities. Together with fellow researchers, I am also working on new formats for digital science communication and public engagement. More information on my work areas can be found in the description of the respective projects that I am leading together with several international and interdisciplinary colleagues. At the University of Tübingen, I am also running the Digital Anthropology Lab, an international and interdisciplinary hub for the ethnography of everyday digital cultures, and I am member of the Cluster of Excellene - Machine Learning for Science.

For further details in English see projects and publications on the left column. For a detailed CV and more information on public engagement, lectures and teaching activities please switch to the German version of this page.