Institute of Historical and Cultural Anthropology (EKW)

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.

Contact Information and opening hours

Burgsteige 11 (Schloss), 72070 Tübingen

Tel. +49 (0)7071/29-74886
Fax +49 (0)7071/29-5330





During the semester

Monday - Thursday

10:00 - 18:00
  Fryday 10:00 - 16:00

During semester breaks

Monday - Thursday

12:00 - 18:00



Administrative secretary for the Institute (Ms. App)

Monday through Thursday

9:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 16:00

Secretary for student affairs (Ms. Kroboth)

Tuesday through Friday

9:30 - 12:00


Tuesday and Thursday

14:00 - 16:00


Wednesay and Friday

13:00 - 14:00

During semester breaks, special office hours can be found under News.

Open office hours during the semester

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

Karin Bürkert


14.30 - 16:00

Gesa Ingendahl
Academic Advising, Internships, and Career Planning

14:00 - 15:00
14.30 - 16:00

Reinhard Johler


14.30 - 16:00

Monique Scheer
Regelsprechstunde unter Vorbehalt, Änderungen möglich


14.30 - 16:00

Thomas Thiemeyer


14.30 - 16:00

Study Abroad and Advising for Foreign Students



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".