Institute of Historical and Cultural Anthropology

Raphael Reichel: Interkultureller Alltag in deutsch-thailändischen Paarbeziehungen (Arbeitstitel)

Erstbetreuer: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Johler
Zweitbetreuerin: Prof. Dr. Monique Scheer

Imbedded in fields like migration research and ethnography of cultural diversity, this dissertation deals with intercultural everyday life in German-Thai relationships. Today, there are ca 60.000 people from Thailand living in Germany, most of them are women. A lot came to Germany by marriage migration, 2014 about 1000 (comp. Migration Report 2014). While there is already some profound research about the respective partners’ individual motivations and backgrounds to strike up a binational marriage (comp. e.g. Ruenkaew 2003), there are almost no studies about the time after migration. Although statistics unambiguously intend a short lifespan and a failing of those relationships – circa 80 percent of these marriage get divorced after three to four years – is it worth to take a closer look at the diversity of the actual constellations in which German-Thai couples frame their life together and deal with the challenges of diverging cultural, religious or language preconditions. Therefore, this dissertation project aims to contribute, by ethnographic methods, to an examination of the individual structures, dynamics, strategies and attribution of meaning in these relationships. Also, it wants to portray emerging national and transnational German-Thai networks.


Geboren in Schweinfurt. Studium der Europäischen Ethnologie / Volkskunde, Neueren deutschen Literaturgeschichte und Englischen Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft in Würzburg. 2010 bis 2013 Stipendiat der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. 2011 bis 2013 Mitglied im Hauptausschuss der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde (dgv). 2013 Magister Artium. 2013 bis 2014 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Europäische Ethnologie / Volkskunde der Universität Würzburg. Seit Oktober 2014 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft.