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Prof. Dr. Thomas Stodulka


Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie

Juniorprofessor für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, mit Schwerpunkt Psychologische Anthropologie


im Büro Landoltweg 9-11, Raum 107

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Akademischer Werdegang

  • seit 10/2016 Juniorprofessor (W1) am Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, FU Berlin
  • 09/2016 - 07/2017 EURIAS Junior Research Felow, Netherlands Institutes of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Amsterdam
  • 08/2014 - 05/2015 Assoziierter Forschungsfellow, Center for Social and Democratic Studies, Sanata Dharma University Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 05/2013 - 08/2016 Projektleiter 'The Researcher's Affects', International Research Group (VolkswagenStiftung), am Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, FU Berlin
  • 10/2008 - 04/2013 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Cluster of Excellence 'Languages of Emotion', FU Berlin

Akademische Abschlüsse

  • 05/2013 Dr. phil. in Ethnologie, FU Berlin, Dissertation: Coming of Age on the Streets of Java – A life course perspective on coping with stigma and marginality (magna cum laude)
  • 10/2004 M.A. in Ethnologie, Visuelle Anthropologie, Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaften, Georg-August Universität Göttingen (mit Auszeichnung)

Hochschulpolitische Tätigkeiten

  • 04/2017– 02/2022 Director of Bachelor Program (Studiengangsleitung), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin, ‘StPO 2013’
  • 2019 Committee and Moderation of the Teaching Award FU Berlin Ceremony
  • 12/2018– 12/2021 Director of Bachelor Program (Studiengangsleitung), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin, ‘StPO 2018’
  • 04/2017– 12/2021 Head of Commission (Vorsitzender der Gemeinsamen Kommission) of Transdisciplinary Bachelor Program, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and Center for Latin American Studies, FU Berlin
  • 04/2017– 12/2021 Head of Examinations Board Bachelor Program (Prüfungsausschussvorsitzender, StPO 2013), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin
  • 12/2018– 12/2021 Head of Examinations Board Bachelor Program (Prüfungsausschussvorsitzender, StPO 2018), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin
  • 10/2017– 10/2019 Board Member and Treasurer (Vorstand und Schatzmeister), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie; DGSKA
  • since 04/2017 Mentor for International doctorate students at the Dahlem Research School (DRS), FU Berlin
  • since 02/2017 Ombudsperson (Vertrauensdozent) for doctorate students, Department of Political and Social Sciences, FU Berlin
  • since 2016 Member of the Department Council (Institutsrat), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin
  • 2011–2013 Junior Researcher Representative, Faculty Council (Fachbereichsrat), Political and Social Sciences, FU Berlin
  • 2010–2012 Coordinator Working Group ‘Gender’, Cluster of Excellence, ‘Languages of Emotion’, FU Berlin
  • 2010–2012 Board Member as Junior Faculty Representative, Cluster of Excellence ‘Languages of Emotion’, FU Berlin

Eingeworbene Drittmittel, Fellowships, Stipendien

  • 2022 (in preparation) “Worlding School Gardens – Connectivities, Permaculture, and Minor Utopias”
  • 2022 (in preparation) “Anonymisierung, Management und Nachnutzung ethnographischer Daten”
  • 2021 “Orders of Feeling and Economies of Solidarity: Understanding the relationship between work, health systems, and well-being in five European countries during Covid-19 (OFES-19)” (una-europa, workshop series)
  • 2022 - 2024 “Afflicted Minds–‘Madness’, Morality and Emotions in rural Bali”, DFG Sachbeihilfe (1 doctorate position,
  • 10/2020 – 03/2022 Research Fellowship Working Group “Children and Nature”, Leipzig Lab, Universität Leipzig and Max-Planck Institute Leipzig, Department for Comparative Cultural Psychology, Universität Leipzig
  • 2020 - 2022 “Learning for Democracy from Interfaith Initiatives: Civic Education, Democracy, and Religion” (co-applicant; Berlin University Alliance Global Engagement Grant)
  • 2019 – 2021 “Encounter”: media workshops, collaboration with the public library Tempelhof-Schöneberg and the Mauerpark Institut e.V. (co-applicant; Kulturstiftung des Bundes)
  • 2019 – 2023 “Shaping Asia” network consisting of partner organizations in Asia and Germany (co-applicant and working group co-convenor on “Knowledge Production and Circulation”; DFG)
  • 02/2019 International Networking Support: FU Berlin, National University Singapore (Center for International Cooperation FUB)
  • 05/2017–10/2018 “Encounter”: collaborative multilingual media project for ‘refugees’ and others (co-director, Robert-Bosch-Stiftung)
  • 01/2017–03/2018 “Knowledge Complexity”-Project (K-PLEX; co-applicant and work package leader, EU Horizon2020)
  • 11/2016 “Transforming emotion cultures – Transdisciplinary perspectives on immigration and conflict” (Center for International Cooperation; International research workshop, Tel Aviv University, 28.-29.11.2016; co-applicant)
  • 09/2016–07/2017 “The Researchers’ Affects” (EURIAS Junior Research Fellow, Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies, NIAS, Amsterdam; Network of European Institutes for Advanced Studies) 
  • 05/2013–07/2018 “The Researchers’ Affects” (co-applicant and co-director; VolkswagenStiftung)
  • 10/2009–09/2013 “Are Germans really green-eyed monsters? – Envy in transcultural perspectives: Japan, Indonesia, Germany” (co-applicant and PI; Cluster of Excellence Languages of Emotion, DFG)
  • 06/2006–04/2008 Fieldwork and Exchange stipend (DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service)
  • 01/2005–04/2005 Scholarship grant, ZiF Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Universität Bielefeld, Research Group: Emotions as bio-cultural processes

Organisierte Workshops, Ringvorlesungen und Konferenzen (Auswahl)

  • 2022 Decentralizing knowledge: Alternative practices and cultures of learning and schooling in Asia; organizer, DFG-network Shaping Asia, October
  • 2021 Bearing witness to Slow Violence and Inner Atmospheres; lab co-convenor, GAA (DGSKA) Conference, Worlds. Zones. Atmospheres. Seismographies of the Anthropocene, September, at the University of Bremen
  • 2021 Emerge! Workshop of the Shaping Asia Network on Connectivities, Collaboration and Comparison, co-organizer
  • 2021 Mind Embedded and Embodied–Futures of Psychological Anthropology; 1st Biennial Conference of the European Network for Psychological Anthropology (ENPA), 1-3 June 2021, in Helsinki, organizer
  • 2021–2024 Culture, Psychology, and Qualitative Research; Annual Winter School, in collaboration with Aalborg University, Sigmund Freud University Berlin and Sigmund Freud University Vienna, organizer
  • 2020 ENPA Dialogues #2–Provincializing Anthropology; Annual Discussion at the ENPA. September 2020
  • 2020 Divergent Temporalities; co-convenor panel at the Biannual Conference of the European Association for Social Anthropology, Lisbon (online), 21 July 2020
  • 2019 Envisioning Anthropological Futures; co-organizer plenary session at the biannual conference of the German Anthropological Association. 01 October 2019, Konstanz
  • 2019 ENPA Dialogues #1–Theory, Method, Experiment; Annual Discussion at the ENPA, September
  • 2019 Towards Global Psychological Anthropology; co-convenor panel, Society for Psychological Anthropology Biannual Conference (AAA), Santa Ana, New Mexico, US
  • 2019 Hope, Disquiet, Loss. Affective Encounters in More-than-Human-Worlds. Lecture Series at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin; with Sandra Calkins.
  • 2019 How to Disrupt Yourself: Life in the Entrepreneurial Home; Panel discussion; transmediale 2019, Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
  • 2018 Living a ‘good life’–Perspectives from Anthropology, Filmmaking and Entrepreneurship (preparatory workshop for anthropological art dialogues during transmediale Berlin festival 2019), 29-30 November, 2018, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin.
  • 2018 Symposium: Psychological Anthropology, FU Berlin, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (September 25/26, 2018)
  • 2018 Roundtable: Moving Psychological Anthropologies, Inauguration of The European Network for Psychological Anthropology –EASA biannual conference Stockholm University, Sweden; convenor; August 2018
  • 2017 Affective Practices, Belonging, and the Politics of Care, October 6 2017, FU Berlin, GAA Biannual Conference
  • 2017 Killing the Concept of Culture … only to redefine it in new ways! – Occasional Seminar for BA- and MA-students. A trialogue from anthropology, sociology, and psychology with Christian von Scheve (sociology) and Jaan Valsiner (psychology)

Vorträge (Auswahl)

  • 2021 Shaping Asia Network, Decolonizing Knowledge–Positioned Conversations, with Veronika Kusumaryati (Georgetown University) and Ferdiansyah Thajib (KUNCI Yogyakarta)

  • 2021 SFB 1171 Affective Societies & Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Cultural Diversity!?, invited roundtable guest

  • 2021 Leipzig Lab Lecture Series “Grenzgänge”, Universität Leipzig: Worlding Permaculture School Gardens: Translocal Connectivities and Minor Utopias in Timor Leste; flagship presentation for the research group “Children and Nature”
  • 2020 The American University of Paris, Online-Conference, The Psychology of Global Crises –State Surveillance, Solidarity, and Everyday Life: Tracking Corona – A Transnational Anthropological Detective Story; key note
  • 2020 Social Anthropology Seminar, The University of Manchester, UK: Affective Scholarship, Emotional Economies and Coming of Age on the Streets of Java
  • 2020 Methodenzentrum Sozialwissenschaften, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen: Affective Scholarship, Emotional labour, countertransference and the Empirical Affect Montage
  • 2020 Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development Berlin: Transnational School Gardens – Anthropological Perspectives on Child-Nature Relations
  • 2019 FU Berlin, Aktionstag Forschungsdatenmanagement, Digitalisierte Datenfriedhöfe? Chancen und Herausforderungen universitären Forschungsdatenmanagements; closing lecture
  • 2019 Biannual Conference, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Universität Konstanz: Envisioning Anthropological Futures; opening statement
  • 2019 Department of Anthropology and Social Medicine, Harvard University Friday Morning Seminar; Affective Scholarship, Emotional Economies and the Coming of Age on the Streets of Java, master class lecture
  • 2019 National University Singapore, Workshop: Shaping Migrants and Mobile Worlds – Connectivities, Comparisons, Collaborations; presentation: Happy Childhoods’ – Contested values of learning, education, and child development in Timor Leste; invitation
  • 2019 Universität zu Köln, Institute of African Studies: Coming of Age on the Streets of Java; invitation
  • 2019 Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Institute of Ethnology and African Studies: Fieldwork & Emotional Economies on the Streets of Java; invitation
  • 2018 Sigmund Freud Universität Berlin, Winter School ‘The Symbolic – Beyond Words’: A Proposition–Affective Dimensions of Fieldwork, Emotion Diaries, and the Empirical Affect Montage; key note
  • 2018 Stockholm University, EASA Biennial Conference: The European Network for Psychological Anthropology: An Introduction–or ‘Where do we go from here’? opening speech
  • 2018  European Commission Research Headquarters Luxemburg: Knowledge Complexity and Contextualizing Big Data – Anthropological Utopias; project evaluation key note
  • 2018 Institute of Anthropology, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg: Emotional Economies–Studying with street-related communities through epistemic affects; invitation
  • 2017 Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Delmenhorst: The Researchers‘ Affects; EURIAS conference
  • 2017 Akademie der Wissenschaften Heidelberg: Magic, witching, projection? Empathy as Method and Emotions as Epistemics of Ethnographic Research; key note
  • 2016 Royal Academy of the Sciences/Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies Amsterdam: Of Twelve Donkeys, Red Dogs, and A Madman: Reflections on 28 interviews with fieldworkers
  • 2016 Institute of Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München: Affective Dimensions of Fieldwork and Ethnography; invitation

International Leaderships

  • 2021-2028 Methods and Theory in Transcultural Research; Annual Winter School co-organized in collaboration with Aalborg University, and Sigmund Freud Universites in Berlin and Vienna
  • 2020-2022 Berliner Gesellschaft für Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte, Deputy Director
  • since 2020 Lenkungskreis Data Management and Data Literacy, Freie Universität Berlin: think tank on data management and archiving in universities, teaching and libraries
  • since 08/2019 Leipzig Lab ‘Children and Nature’ (convenors: Daniel Haun, MPI Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig, Katja Liebal, Leipzig Lab, Universität Leipzig), working group: ethnographic and mixed methods in comparative and translocal human-environment research
  • since 2019 Academics in Solidarity (AiS), Mentor for displaced early career-researchers
  • since 08/2019 SFB 1171 Affective Societies, FU Berlin, Theory and Methods Workshop, co-convenor
  • since 01/2018 European Network for Psychological Anthropology (ENPA) at the European Association for Social Anthropology (EASA); co-founder and convenor
  • 10/2015–09/2019 AG Psychologische Anthropologie (DGSKA); co-founder and co-convenor, with Anita von Poser, FU Berlin
  • 05-07/2017 Humboldt Foundation; host of Alexander von Humboldt Award winner: Jaan Valsiner (Aalborg University, DK; Clarke University, US)


Service to profession

  • Reviewer for academic journals aside of editorships:

Antropologia, Critical Multilingualism Studies, Culture and Psychology, Ethos, Ethnography, Forum for Development Studies, Frontiers, International Peacekeeping, Social Dynamics, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI), Soujourn, Third World Thematics.

  • Reviewer of research foundations:

Leverhulme Trust UK, EU Commission, EURIAS – European Institutes for Advanced Studies, Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships and Actions


  • 2005 – 2011 Co-founder and program co-manager of Indonesia’s first independent cinema café KINOKIbukan bioskop bukan coffeeshop in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 2006 – 2013 Co-founder and manager of the Rumah Sehat Lestari (RSL), Shelter for chronically ill persons at the urban margins in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Media Coverage (Auswahl)

  • 2021 Center for Digital Systems feature: Data Literacy–Perspektiven (Data Literacy–Perspectives)
  • 2020 rbbKultur feature: Eine Kulturgeschichte der Begrüßungsrituale (A cultural history of greeting rituals)
  • 2020 Edit-Magazin, Interview: Im Handumdrehen angesteckt–Begrüßungen während Corona (Infected in no time - greetings during Corona)
  • 2019 Deutsche Welle Kultur, radio interview on emotion, ethics, and ethnography among right-wing extremists
  • 2018 Apropos Anthropo, feature interview in podcast – pilot episode; Deutsche Welle (DW), videofeature on social inequality and stigma in Germany; Jäger & Sammler (ZDF), video feature on racialized costumes during carnival; Der Tagesspiegel, feature article on anthropological perspectives on Big Data
  • 2017 Decision for a reasonable distance: visual art installation and documentary on fieldwork in ethnography and primatography (different museums and galleries around Europe)
  • 2016 MAT: Medicine Anthropology Theory, report on emotions in fieldwork project
  • 2013 SDR2 (Schweiz), Radio Feature on the researchers’ affects project; rbb Kultur: Radio Live-Interview on the researchers’ affects; Deutschlandfunk: Radio Feature on the researchers’ affects

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Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin

  • 2021 Politik und Wirtschaft (German, Lecture, BA)
  • 2021 COLLOQUIUM (Ethnography Workroom) for supervised doctorate students
  • 2021 Introduction to Psychological Anthropology (Seminar, MA)
  • 2021 Connectivities and Mobilities of Childhood Education (English, Seminar, BA)
  • 2021 Colloquium for MA-students (German, Seminar, MA)
  • 2020 Theorien der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (German, Lecture, MA)
  • 2020 Theorien der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (German, Seminar, MA)
  • 2019 Anthropologies of Suffering and Well-being (Seminar, MA)
  • 2019 Einführung in die Psychologische Anthropologie (Seminar, BA)
  • 2019 COLLOQUIUM (Ethnography Workroom) for supervised doctorate students
  • 2018 Affective and Emotional Economies (Seminar, BA)
  • 2018 Ethnographies of Childhood and Adolescence (Seminar, BA)
  • 2018 Introduction to Psychological Anthropology (Seminar, MA)
  • 2018 Theorien der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (German, Lecture, MA)
  • 2018 Theorien der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (German, Seminar, MA)
  • 2018 COLLOQUIUM (Ethnography Workroom) for supervised doctorate students
  • 2017 Anthropologies of Mental Health and Illness (Seminar, MA)
  • 2017 Childhood, Adolescence, Youth in Southeast Asia (Seminar, BA)
  • 2017 Emotion, Culture and Social Organization (Seminar, MA Sociology and Anthropology)
  • 2017 Introduction to the Anthropology of Kinship and Relatedness (Seminar, BA)
  • 2017 Theorien der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (German, Lecture, MA)
  • 2017 Theorien der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (German, Seminar, MA)
  • 2017 COLLOQUIUM (Ethnography Workroom) for supervised doctorate students
  • 2016 Anthropology of Stigma and Resistance (Seminar, MA)
  • 2016 Theorien der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (German, Lecture, MA)
  • 2016 Theorien der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (German, Seminar, MA)
  • 2011 Anthropologies of Social Inequality, Stigma, & Resistance (Seminar, MA)
  • 2010 Ethnographies of Southeast Asia (German, Seminar, BA)
  • 2009 Margins and Marginalization in Indonesia (Seminar, BA)
  • 2009 Violence in Indonesia (German, Seminar, BA)
  • 2009 Bahasa Indonesia I & II (Language Course, BA)

KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2014-2015 The Ethnolab is a four week teaching collaboration aimed at promoting and supporting interdisciplinary research on sociocultural issues through ethnographic methodology. Initiated in Yogyakarta, it comprised of a series of conceptual and methodological conversations across disciplines to promote skills in ethnographic fieldwork and collaborative knowledge production between young researchers, artists, activists, and community members who participated in the research process.

Department of Comparative Literature, University of Berne, Switzerland

2013 Die Affekte der Forscher: Methoden und Theorien der Ethnologie, Primatologie und    Reiseliteratur; [The Researcher’s Affects: Methods and Theories on anthropology, Primatology, and Travel Writing]; 3-day workshop for literature graduate students.

Graduate School, Cluster of Excellence Languages of Emotion, FU Berlin

2011 Comparative Perspectives on Emotion & Culture (Seminar, doctorate students)

Department of Anthropology, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2007 Dealing with Marginality: visual anthropologies of empowerment (Seminar, BA)

In addition, I have also taught at the International Winter School at Sigmund Freud University Berlin on the ‘Symbolic beyond Words’ (three-day in-house tutorial of international PhD students from anthropology, cultural psychology, and sociology) in 2018, and master classes at the Department of Anthropology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands in 2016, the Friday Morning Seminar at the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, US in 2019, the Department of Communication and Cultural Psychology, Aalborg University, DK in 2019, and the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, UK in 2020. In October 2020, I have co-organized the 3-day Autumn Academy (online) ‘Fieldwork meets Crisis’ of the German Anthropological Association (DGSKA) for over 50 doctorate/PhD students on ethnography and fieldwork during the pandemic.

Pädagogischer Ansatz

I use group walking sessions to learn more about student’s theoretical interest and scholarly motivation at the beginning of a semester. The 90-120 minutes walking sessions help in learning about students’ concerns at the onset of a semester, or when discussing public or political issues related to the course work in resonating public spaces. They also create a mobile format of bringing students into peer dialogue and conversation.

Regular writing assignments include short response papers to texts, ad hoc essays on exploratory focused observation (e.g. in the U-Bahn: on embodiment and mobile technology practices; or positioned family ‘genealogies’: to illustrate the challenges and shortcomings of quantitative methods) or full essays that summarize main arguments of core readings, contextualize them historically, politically, and in a reflexive manner. The essays written in the seminars on suffering and well-being, and critical perspectives on mental health and illness have, for example, resulted in the publication of a blog titled ‘anthro-metronom’ that MA-students initiated and which I supervise on a voluntary basis.

‘World café’ sessions divide large groups into smaller sections to discuss central arguments of core texts or critical statements of politicians, journalists, activists etc. as they were published in blogs and newspapers. Volunteering ‘table hosts’ then summarize the main results and present them to the whole group. In the MA level, I use this method to help students design research proposals at the end of the teaching term.

I adopt flash presentations of 7 minutes (sharp!) on topics that students choose themselves to ‘pitch’ ideas to an audience and get their attention for further discussion. This exercise is important for students to focus on main arguments based on previous readings and self-organized literature research, and win over the audience’s attention through engaging in mixed media presentations. I convey my feedback to them based on the criteria of eloquence, clarity of argument, creativity of argument and presentation, and subsequent moderation/Q&A of the discussion during weekly open door office hours.

I hold regular supervision colloquiums for doctorate and MA students as well as hosted postdoc fellows in an ‘Ethnography Workroom’. Here, didactics are not oriented towards issues of performativity. As the title suggests, this process encourages early-career scholars to share their challenges, dead-ends, and also potential research-related frustration with myself and the group.

My approach draws on the principles of intersectional teaching, which emphasizes inclusive and culture fair teaching practices. This awareness relates to the establishment of rather simple conventions of addressing each other in non-heteronormative ways or paying attention to language deficiencies in the course language, to more complex political and personal issues of racism, sexism, and bullying. I bring this awareness to my research, teaching, and service. Attending to students’ positionalities and biographies is important, because it promotes a diversification of voices in classrooms and at departments. I support applications of doctorate students from different backgrounds and I strive for a diversified cohort of doctorate students.

Mural in Kupang, Timor, Indonesia, ©Thomas Stodulka


  • Affect and emotion
  • Alternative education, economy, and environment
  • Engaged and public anthropology
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Media and visual anthropology
  • Marginalization and stigmatization
  • Psychological anthropology and mental health
  • Social inequalities and mobilities
  • Translocal connectivities
  • Regional focus: Southeast Asia, Europe


Indonesia (46 months; 2001, 2005-2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014-2015, 2019, 2020), Timor Leste (3 months; 2015, 2019), Germany

Gardens at Bajawa, Flores, Indonesia, ©Thomas Stodulka

My first research project was based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork with marginalized communities in Indonesia between 2001 and 2015. In an applied anthropological manner, this study collaborated with street-related youth, local and expatriate NGO-networks, doctors, nurses, and artists. The ethnographic study elucidated practices of coping with stigmatization by following the lives and trajectories of street-related persons and communities. It examined practices of care and the expanding social, economic, and spatial mobilities at the margins. The study contributed to the formulation of anthropological theory on attention and avoidance, emotion and economy in marginalized environments.

My second longer-term anthropology project that followed was titled “The Researcher’s Affects” and was funded by the VolkswagenStiftung from 2013 to 2018. The project focused on the role of affect, embodiment, and emotions in ethnographic research and contributed to multimodal research methods in social and cultural anthropology, literature, and primatology. It has manifested in a series of books, peer reviewed articles, art installations, a documentary, and it has developed a kaleidoscope of ethnographic and text analysis methods. The scholarly works have emplaced these methods in internationally renowned handbooks and encyclopedias. Three other projects that I have co-directed in larger interdisciplinary consortiums promoted anthropology among more hegemonic disciplines, such as data science, health economics, neuroscience, and psychology. The collaborative projects focused on transcultural dimensions of envy and social inequality, big data research, ethics and archiving, and publicly engaged anthropology in the context of migration, im/mobility, and refugees.

My commitment to research collaboration is further substantiated through my role as editor of internationally leading journals, blogs and book series, and as the co-founder and initiator of international research networks. I enjoy expanding existing networks with scholars working at universities, organizations, and civil society movements based in Asia and beyond. I am currently holding a research fellowship at the Leipzig Lab’s (Universität Leipzig, Germany) working group on “Children and Nature”, where I collaborate with a group of scholars from comparative cultural psychology, philosophy, and pedagogy on the value of school gardens and global knowledge circulation in the context of education and imagining futures. The fellowship is used to prepare new research that connects and compares the policies and utopias of permaculture and school gardening as pedagogy and practice across Asian and European contexts. This is planned as my third long-term study focus, which circles back to one of the facets of my first research where I followed marginalized communities that were particularly successful in advancing organic gardening in Indonesia together with translocal actors from Europe, Australia and America. The project expands on existing organic gardening and permaculture networks and translates them into a study on how institutionalized school garden curricula can shape futures, livelihoods, personhoods and economies in Southeast Asia.

Fishermen at Pantai Kelapa Lima, Timor, Indonesia, ©Thomas Stodulka

→ List of Publications (PDF-Download)

Bücher und Herausgeberschaften

2019. Affective Dimensions of Fieldwork and Ethnography (ed. with Ferdiansyah Thajib & Samia Dinkelaker). New York: Springer.

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

2019. Emotionen auf Expeditionen - Ein Taschenhandbuch für die ethnographische Praxis (co-written with Oliver Lubrich). Bielefeld: transcript.

2017. Coming of Age on the Streets of Java – Coping with Marginality, Stigma and Illness. Bielefeld: transcript. (multiply reviewed; see book review example in: Current Anthropology 59(3): 351-352)

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

Herausgeberschaften Zeitschriften und Blogs

Ethos – Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology (AAA), associate editor

Social Sciences in Asia (Brill Book Series Co-editor, with Kelvin Low and Sidhartan Maunaguru, NUS Singapore)

Fieldwork meets Crisis. Boasblog

cultura & psyché, editorial board

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)

Herausgeberschaften Sonderausgaben von Zeitschriften

2022 (in preparation). Divergent Temporal Horizons, with Lauren Cubellis, Special Section: Ethos.

2022 (accepted). Fieldwork meets Crisis; with Andrea Behrends, Mirco Göpfert, Minh Nguyen, Thomas G. Kirsch, Anna Lisa Ramella, Magnus Treiber, Asta Vonderau; Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, 147.

2021. Envisioning Anthropological Futures; with Kristina Mashimi, Hansjörg Dilger, Anita von Poser, Birgitt Röttger-Rössler, Dominik Mattes; Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, 145.


2022 (in print). Orders of Feeling and Worlding Covid-19 Infrastructures in Kupang, Indonesia. Special Issue, ‘“Worlding Sites”: Globalized Visions and Material Constructions of Future Southeast Asia, guest editors: Vignato, Silvia & Arnez, Monika, European Journal of East Asian Studies.

2021 (in print). Selbstreflexion im Dialog: Zwischen Mode und Methode (with Katharina Fischer). cultura & psyché.

2021. Introduction: Envisioning Anthropological Futures (and Provincializing Their Origins); with Kristina Mashimi, Hansjörg Dilger, Anita von Poser. Special Issue: Envisioning Anthropological Futures, Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, 145: 3-26.

2020. Worlding Permaculture School Gardens: Translocal Connectivities and Minor Utopias in Timor Leste. Special Issue, ‘Shaping Mobile Worlds in Asia: Human and Non-Human Socialities’, guest editors: Low, K.E.Y., Abdullah, N. & Ho, E.L.E., American Behavioral Scientist, 64(10): 1512–1525.

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.

2018. Affective Scholarship: Doing Anthropology with epistemic affects (with Nasima Selim and Dominik Mattes). Ethos 46(4): 519-536.

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

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. (no peer review)

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

2015. 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 [Fieldwork as Encounter: The pragmatic dimension of ethnographic data]. 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 cultures of envy] (with Christian von Scheve and Julia Schmidt). Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ), 32-33, Emotionen und Politik. Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung. (no peer review)

Beiträge in Handbüchern und Enzyklopädien

2022 (accepted). Temporality, Experience, and Agency in Politically Marginalized Contexts, in Edward Lowe (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Psychological Anthropology. Cambridge University Press.

2021. Methods and the Construction of Knowledge: Fieldwork and Ethnography, in: Pedersen, L. & Cligett, L. (eds.), The SAGE Handbook for Cultural Anthropology, pp. 85 – 194. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

2019. Emotions in Fieldwork (with James Davies), in: P. Atkinson, S. Delamont, A. Cernat, J.W. Sakshaug, & R.A. Williams (eds.), SAGE Research Methods Foundations.

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.

Beiträge in Sammelbänden

2020. 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, pp. 64-82. Berlin: deGruyter.

2020. Foreword: 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 pp. VII – IX. Berlin: de Gruyter.

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

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

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

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

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.

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. DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190228057.003.0013

2014. The Emotional Make-up of Marginality and Stigma (with Birgitt 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.

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.

2009. “Beggars” and “Kings”: Emotional Regulation of Shame Among Street Youths in a Javanese City in Indonesia, in: B. Röttger-Rössler & H.J. Markowitsch (eds.), Emotions as Bio-cultural Processes, pp. 329-349. New York: Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-0-387-09546-2_15


2021. Beatty, Andrew. Emotional worlds: beyond an anthropology of emotion. Cambridge University Press. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI), 27(2).

2020. Smith‐Hefner, Nancy. 2019. Islamizing intimacies. Youth, sexuality, and gender in contemporary Indonesia. Honolulu: Hawai’i University Press, with Anna-Maria Walter. Social Anthropology 28(1), 205-207. 

Weitere Online-Publikationen und Forschungsberichte (ohne Peer Review)

2021. Feldforschen lernen in Zeiten der Pandemie, with Cordula Weißköppel; Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, 54: 22-28.

2021. Democracy and interfaith initiatives – blog on Religion, Democracy, and Education in Indonesia and Germany, with Saskia Schäfer, public appearance starting March 2021.

2020. Field of Exceptional Uncertainty. The Challenges of Early-Career Anthropologists in the Wake of the Corona Pandemic (with Minh Nguyen), Blog: Fieldwork meets Crisis. (policy paper)

2018. Jennifer Edmond, Nicola Horsley, Elisabeth Huber, Rihards Kalnins, Jörg Lehmann, Mike Priddy, Thomas Stodulka. 2018. 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)

2018. Jörg Lehmann, Thomas Stodulka, Elisabeth Huber. H2020 Project K-PLEX: WP4 Report on Data, Knowledge Organisation and Epistemics. [Research Report] Freie Universtät Berlin.

2017/18. Editorial ‘Encounter’Engaged Anthropology Blog and Magazine.

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.

Dokumentarfilme und Visuals

2017. Decision for a reasonable distance (with Emanuel Mathias and Franz von Bodelschwingh): visual art installation and documentary on fieldwork in ethnography and primatography (exhibited at different museums and galleries around Europe)

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.

SFB 1171 Affective Societies
Berlin Southern Theory Lecture