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Thomas Stodulka

Prof. Dr. Thomas Stodulka

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Junior Professor for Social and Cultural Anthropology and Psychological Anthropology

Office hours

Please contact Prof. Stodulka via E-Mail: Thomas.Stodulka@fu-berlin.de

Supervised Work

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




Java, Indonesia (42 months); Timor Leste (2 months)


Research interest

psychological anthropology, social inequalities, marginalization, stigmatization, childhood, youth, life stories, affect and emotion, critical epistemologies, mental health and illness, alternative economies, visual anthropology

Regional focus: Southeast Asia, Europe


Ethos - Journal for the Society of psychological Anthropology (Associate Editor)

Social Sciences in Asia (Brill Book Series); Series Editor (with Kelvin Low & Maunagurun Sidhartan)

European Network for Psychological Anthropology Blog and Website, co-editor (with Keir Martin, Oslo University; Florin Cristea, FU, University of Roehampton, UK);

[anthro]metronom–witnessing psy-realms (graduate student blog on psychological anthropologies; initiator and editorial advisor)

Kulturwissenschaftliche Zeitschrift (advisory board)

Encounter, collaborative multilingual media project in Arabic, English, Farsi and German (co-initiator and editorial advisor)


Stodulka, Thomas, Thajib, Ferdiansyah & Dinkelaker, Samia (2019.), Affective Dimensions of Fieldwork and Ethnography. New York: Springer.


Liebal, Katja, Lubrich Oliver & Thomas Stodulka (2019) Emotionen im Feld: Gespräche zur Ethnographie, Primatographie, und Reiseliteratur [Emotions in the Field: Conversations on Ethnography, Primatography, and Travel Writing] Bielefeld: transcript.


Lubrich, Oliver & Stodulka, Thomas (2019) Emotionen auf Expedition: Ein Taschenbuch für die Ethnographische Praxis. Bielefeld: transcript.


Stodulka, Thomas (2017) Coming of Age on the Streets of Java – Coping with Marginality, Stigma and Illness. Bielefeld: transcript. (Review in Current Anthropology 59, no. 3 (June 2018): 351-352)


Stodulka, Thomas und Röttger-Rössler, Birgitt (2014) Feelings at the Margins: Dealing with Violence, Stigma and Isolation in Indonesia. Frankfurt/New York: Campus.



Stodulka, Thomas (2020, forthcoming). Methods and the Construction of Knowledge: Fieldwork and Ethnography, in: Cliggett, L. & Pedersen, L. (eds.) SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology. 

Stodulka, Thomas (2020, forthcoming). Worlding school gardens – Childhood education, connectivities, and shaping futures in Timor Leste, American Behavioral Scientist, ‘Shaping Mobile Worlds in Asia: Human and Non-Human Socialities’, special issue (guest editors: Low, K.E.Y., Abdullah, N. & Ho, E.L.E.)

Stodulka, Thomas (2020, forthcoming). Of fat white buffalos, dirty dogs, and sleazy machos – A tender hoo-ha on swearing, mocking and belonging, in: Nassenstein, N. & Storch, A. (eds.), Swearing and Cursing: Contexts and Practices in a Critical Linguistic Perspective, Volume 22 of Language and Social Life. de Gruyter.

Stodulka, Thomas (2020, forthcoming) Zauberformel, Scharlatanerie, Projektion? Empathie als Methode und Emotion als Erkenntnis ethnographischer Forschung [Magic, witching, projection? Empathy as Method and Emotion as Epistemics of Ethnographic Research], in: J. Jacobs, M. Liebelt & K. Konerding (eds.), Empathie und Sprache.

Thajib, Ferdiansyah, Dinkelaker, Samia & Thomas Stodulka (2019) Introduction: Advancing Affective Scholarship (with Thajib, F. & Dinkelaker, S.), in: Stodulka, T., Thajib, F. & Dinkelaker, S. (eds.), Affective Dimensions of Fieldwork and Ethnography (pp. 8-23). New York: Springer.

Davies, James & Stodulka, Thomas (2019) Pathways of Affective Scholarship, in: Stodulka, T., Thajib, F. & Dinkelaker, S. (eds.), Affective Dimensions of Fieldwork and Ethnography (pp. 1-7). New York: Springer.

Davies, James & Stodulka, Thomas (2019) Emotions in Fieldwork, in: P. Atkinson et al. (eds.), The SAGE Encyclopaedia of Social Research Methods.

Stodulka, Thomas, Thajib, Ferdiansyah & Samia Dinkelaker (2019) Fieldwork, Ethnography, and the Empirical Affect Montage., in: A. Kahl (ed.), Analyzing Affective Societies: Methods and Methodologies (pp. 279–295). London: Routledge.

Stodulka, Thomas (2019) A Proposition – Affective Dimensions of Fieldwork and the Empirical Affect Montage. ISA eSymposium for Sociology. 

Stodulka, Thomas (2019) Orders of Feeling, in: C. von Scheve & J. Slaby (eds.), Affective Societies: Key Concepts. London: Routledge: 310-318.

Lehmann, Jörg & Stodulka, Thomas (2018) A “steady eye” in “a moving world”: Comparative perspectives on travel writing and narrative ethnography(with Jörg Lehmann, comparative literature). Journeys - The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, 19(2): 23-43.

Stodulka, Thomas, Selim, Nasima & Dominik Mattes (2018) Affective Scholarship: Doing Anthropology with epistemic affectsEthos 46(4): 519-536.

Stodulka, Thomas (2017) Yogyakarta Street Careers –Feelings of Belonging and Dealing with Sticky Stigma. Antropologia 4(2): 145-163.

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

Stodulka, Thomas (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. 

Lubrich, Oliver, Stodulka, Thomas & Katja Liebal (2017) Affekte im Feld – Ein blinder Fleck der Forschung? (with Oliver Lubrich & Katja Liebal) [Affects in the Field: A blind spot in research?] Interdisziplinäre Anthropologie, 5: 179-197.

Stodulka, Thomas (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.

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

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

Stodulka, Thomas (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. Frankfurt/New York: Campus.

Stodulka, Thomas (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. Frankfurt/New York: Campus.

Stodulka, Thomas (2014) Feldforschung als Begegnung: Zur pragmatischen Dimension ethnographischer Daten [Fieldwork as Encounter: The Pragmatic Dimension of ethnographic data]. Sociologus 64(2): 179-206.

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


Online-Publications und Research Reports

2018 Lehmann, Jörg, Stodulka, Thomas und Huber, Elisabeth - H2020 Project K-PLEX: WP4 Report on Data, Knowledge Organisation and Epistemics

2018 Jennifer Edmond, Nicola Horsley, Elisabeth Huber, Rihards Kalnins, Jörg Lehmann, Mike Priddy, Thomas Stodulka. Big Data and Complex Knowledge - Observations and Recommendations for Research from the Knowledge Complexity Project. Trinity College Dublin. (white paper; recommendations for the European Commission on Big Data Research)

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.


Documentary Films

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 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 [Sound-tracks], with Nils Meyer-Abich and Sven Ismer. Hi8. Colour. 44 Minutes. Music, Migration and Belonging. Thesis Film of Visual Anthropology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Advisor: Dr. Beate Engelbrecht. Audience Award at Göttingen Short Film Festival, Kino Lumière Göttingen, 2002.

Berlin Southern Theory Lecture