Thomas Stodulka

Prof. Dr. Thomas Stodulka

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Junior Professor for Social and Cultural Anthropology and Psychological Anthropology

Address Landoltweg 9-11
Room 107
14195 Berlin
Telephone +49 (0)30 838 57689

Office hours

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Academic Career

  • 10/2016 Juniorprofessor, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin
  • 09/2016 – 07/2017 Forschungsfellow, NIAS Amsterdam (European Institutes of Advanced Studies) (abbrev.)

  • 08/2014 - 05/2015 Associated Visiting Scholar, Center for Social and Democratic Studies, Sanata Dharma University Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 05/2013 - 08/2016 Project Director 'The Researcher's Affects'
  • 10/2008 - 04/2013 Research Associate, Cluster of Excellence 'Languages of Emotion', FU Berlin


Academic Qualifications

  • 05/2013 Dr. phil. in Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin
  • 10/2004 M.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Visual Anthropology, Media and Communication Studies, Georg-August Universität Göttingen


Awards and Grants



  • European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
  • European Association for South East Asian Studies (EuroSEAS)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde (DGV)
  • Mauerpark Institute Berlin e.V.
  • AG Psychologische Anthropologie, DGV (2. Sprecher)
  • Engaged Anthropology am Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, FU Berlin


Java, Indonesia (36 months)
Timor Leste (3 months)


Research areas

regional focus:
Southeast Asia,

thematic focus:
Psychological Anthropology,
social inequalities,
life stories,
reflexive ethnography,
affective ethnography,
critical epistemologies



2016 Coming of Age on the Streets of Java – Coping with Marginality, Stigma and Illness. Bielefeld: transcript.

Edited Books

upcoming. Affective Dimensions of Fieldwork (with F. Thajib & S. Dinkelaker)

upcoming. Emotionen im Feld: Gespräche (mit Katja Liebal & Oliver Lubrich)

2014 Feelings at the Margins – Dealing with Violence, Stigma and Isolation in Indonesia (ed. with B. Röttger-Rössler). Campus. Frankfurt/New York.

Journal Articles

upcoming 2017. Affective Fieldwork and Ethnography (with F. Thajib & S. Dinkelaker). Ethos.

upcoming 2017. Working with the Stigma: Street-related Young Men's Affective Attunements to Charities and NGOs. Antropologia, Special Issue edited by Silvia Vignato and Giuseppe Bolotta.

2015a Emotion work, Ethnography and Survival Strategies on the Streets of Yogyakarta. Medical Anthropology 34(1): 84-97.

2015b Spheres of Passion: fieldwork, ethnography and the researcher’s emotions. Curare  - Journal for Medical Anthropology 38(1+2): 103-116.

2014 Feldforschung als Begegnung – Zur pragmatischen Dimension ethnographischer Daten. Sociologus 64(2): 179-206.

2013 Guter Neid, schlechter Neid? Von der ‚Neidkultur’ zu Kulturen des Neides (Good envy, bad envy? From ‘envy culture’ to the cultures of envy), coauthored with Christian von Scheve and Julia Schmidt, in: Emotionen und Politik – Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, 32-33, pp. 41-46.

Book Chapters

upcoming. Emotions in the Field (with J. Davies). The SAGE Encyclopaedia of Social Research Methods.

2017 Towards an integrative anthropology of emotion – a case study from Yogyakarta. In: A. Storch (ed.), Consensus and Dissent: Negotiating emotion in the public space. pp. 9-34. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

2017 Storms of slander – Relational dimensions of envy in Java, Indonesia. In: R. Smith, M. Duffy and U. Merlone (eds.), Envy at Work and in Organizations, pp. 297-320. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2016 Coming of Age on the Streets. In: L. Manderson, A. Hardon and E. Cartwright (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology in the 21st Century, pp. 85-88. Routledge: London.

2014 The Emotional Make-up of Marginality and Stigma (with B. Röttger-Rössler), in: T. Stodulka & B. Röttger-Rössler (eds.), Feelings at the Margins – Dealing with Violence, Stigma and Isolation in Indonesia, pp. 11-29. Campus. Frankfurt/New York.

2014 ‘Playing it Right’ – Empathy and Emotional Economies on the Streets of Java, in: T. Stodulka & B. Röttger-Rössler (eds.), Feelings at the Margins – Dealing with Violence, Stigma and Isolation in Indonesia, pp. 103-127. Campus. Frankfurt/New York.

2009 “Beggars” and “Kings”: Emotional Regulation of Shame Among Street Youths in a Javanese City in Indonesia. In: Röttger-Rössler, B. und H.J. Markowitsch (eds.), Emotions as Bio-cultural Processes, pp. 329-349. Springer. New York.


2016 About Ethnolab, with Thajib, Ferdiansyah and Dinkelaker, Samia.

2016 Editorial. Ethnolab, with Thajib, Ferdiansyah and Dinkelaker, Samia.

2016 Behind the Scenes: Reflective Accounts on Ethnolab,  with Thajib, Ferdiansyah and Dinkelaker, Samia.


2003 Augenblicke (Moments, with Sebastian Baller). Mini-DV. Colour. 43 Minutes. Oral histories of three anarchists from three different generations.

2002 Mimpi manis, Paris! (Sweet Dreams Paris!, with Dr. Janna Bégué). Hi8. Colour. 43 Minutes. Life on the Streets of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Nominated for Student Award at the Göttingen International Film Festival (GIEFF).

2001 Tonspuren (Soundtracks, with mit Dr. Nils Meyer-Abich and Dr. Sven Ismer). Hi8. Colour. 44 Minutes. Music, Migration and Identity. Thesis Film of Visual Anthropology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Advisor: Dr. Beate Engelbrecht. Audience Award at Göttingen Short Film Festival, Kino Lumière Göttingen, 2002