Curriculum Vitae

Personal Information

Place of Birth: Vienna
Nationality: Switzerland, Austria
Marital Status: Married, two adult sons


Fluent: German, English, Spanish, Aymara
Intermediate: French
Basic: Quechua


Academic Formation

2000 PhD Thesis: Herstellung und Verwendung in musterbildender Kettentechnik gefertigter Textilien der Region Charazani am Beispiel der Dorfgemeinschaft Upinhuaya. Weberei und Gesellschaft andiner Regionen Boliviens (Production and Application of Warp Structured Textiles in the Charazani Region: The Case of the Community Upinhuaya. Weaving and Society in Andean Regions).
1978-1999 Studies in Cultural and Social Anthropology and Art History
1976-1977 Studies in Classical Archaeology and Media

Advanced Professional Training

2010 CAS HE - Certificate of Advanced Studies in Higher Education, University of Bern

Field Research

2008-2014 Several stays in Bolivia and Chile (2-3 months each)
2003 Fieldwork in Bolivia (2 months), studies in the Archive of La Paz (ALP, two weeks), stays in Argentine and Chile (several weeks)
1992-2000 Several stays in Bolivia and Peru
1985-1988 Fieldwork in Charazani/Bolivia (totalling 32 months) and studies in the National Archive of Bolivia (ABNB) in Sucre (totalling 2 months)
1982 Peru and Bolivia, photographic documentation of textiles in different regions (6 months)

Research Interest

Transformation processes, youth studies, social constructions of identity
Rural Societies, economic and ecological anthropology, anthropology of labour
Colonialism, decolonization, new social movements, translocality
Visual Anthropology, material culture, textile analysis
Anthropological theory and methods


  Researcher, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Berne
  Researcher, Museo Nacional de Etnografía y Folklore (MUSEF), La Paz/ Bolivia

Peer Reviews

2011 Journal of Development Studies
2010 Mundo de Antes
2009 Chungara, The Chilenean Journal of Anthropology


LASA Latin American Studies Association
SEG – SSE Schweizerische Ethnologische Gesellschaft –
Société Suisse d´Ethnologie
SSA – SAG Societé Suisse des Américanistes –
Schweizerische Amerikanisten - Gesellschaft