I specialize in the audio/visual anthropology of music, sound, and intercultural communication in a broad sociocultural and historical perspective. After completing a BA (Hons) in Communications and English Studies at London Met, and a MA in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, I took my PhD from the University of Bremen in 2007. It is based on a one-year ethnographic fieldwork about the musical enactments of identity and culture on La Réunion, a French Overseas-Department in the southwest Indian Ocean. In 2007 I became a co-founder of the interdisciplinary research group ‘Tourism and the Oriental Other’ at Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. My focus there is on visual and aural representations of contemporary social lifeworlds in tourism contexts. Key topics include audience culture, tourism as embodied practice, ‘staged authenticity’, and ethnographic approaches to sound/visual design in hybrid cultural spaces.
Forthcoming (2008) Sounding out traditions that do not exist. In: Klien, S. and Neveling, P. (eds.) Tradition within and beyond the framework of invention. Orientwissenschaftliche Hefte, Halle: OWZ.
2007a Urbane Tropen: HipHop à La Réunion. In: Bock, K., Meier, S. and Süß, G. (eds.) HipHop meets Academia: Globale Spuren eines lokalen Kulturphänomens. Bielefeld: Transkript.
2007b T'shéga, Shéga, Séga…: music, identity and creolisation on Réunion Island. In: Ludwig, R. and Schnepel, B. (eds.) Multiple Identities in Action. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang.
2007c World Music: a medium for unity and difference? EASA Media Anthropology Network. Accessible via the URL: www.philbu.net/media-anthropology/wergin_worldmusic.pdf
2007d In varietate concordia: a manifesto for the Humanities in Europe. European Science Foundation (ESF). (co-author)
since 2006 European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) EASA Media Anthropology Network
since 2005 AG Medien, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde (DGV)
since 2002 bremer institut für kulturforschung (bik)