Philipp Budka


This website is produced by Philipp Budka, a social and cultural anthropologist from Vienna, Austria, and provides information about his work, publications, projects and university courses.

As a sociocultural anthropologist, Philipp is interested in (digital) media and technologies, infrastructure and material culture, visual culture and communication, activism and politics, transnationalism and globalization, ethnicity and (neo)nationalism, social and cultural theory, fieldwork and ethnography, sport and football (fan) culture. He has been doing work in a variety of fields such as Northern Ontario, Canada, several internet environments and the University of Vienna. Philipp is regularly publishing and presenting his work and research in journals, books, at conferences and in the media.

To learn more about Philipp's research and teaching activities take a look at his blog, or follow him @philbu.

Philipp can be contacted via e-mail: ph.budka(at)

Current Activities

Philipp is lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, where he teaches in the field of digital, media and visual anthropology as well as introductory courses on sociocultural anthropology. He is also teaching in the M.A. Program "Visual and Media Anthropology" at the Free University Berlin.

He is a member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and a founding member of its Media Anthropology Network. Currently, he is one of the network's co-convenors.
Philipp is participating to the research area "Visual Studies in the Social Sciences" at the University of Vienna's Faculty of Social Sciences and the Digital Anthropology Group of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).

In addition, he is a member of the Plattform für Kulturen, Integration und Gesellschaft (Platform for Cultures, Integration and Society, the alumni organisation of the Viennese Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology) and the initiative Teilnehmende Medienbeobachtung (Participant Media Observation) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna.

Philipp is, moreover, a reviewer for international peer-reviewed journals.

Previous Activities

Philipp completed his doctoral dissertation in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna in 2017. His Ph.D. project explored indigenous digital infrastructures and practices in Canada.
Ethnographic fieldwork was supported by
- the University of Vienna's Research Scholarship,
- the Research Award of the German Foundation for Canadian Studies,
- a grant for Academic Research Abroad by the University of Vienna
- and the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Tribal Council / KO-KNET.

From 2010 to 2012, Philipp was employed at the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna (co-coordinating the interdisciplinary joint introduction study phase for the social sciences and B.A. curriculum development).

Between 2006 and 2010, Philipp was a research associate at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna (coordinating a project on strategies for technology enhanced learning and teaching in social and cultural anthropology) and the E-Learning Centre of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna (co-coordinating interdisciplinary projects on technology enhanced learning and teaching in the social sciences).

From 2003 to 2006, Philipp was employed at the Austrian Latin America Institute (LAI) in Vienna (co-coordinating interdisciplinary technology enhanced learning projects, international co-operations [e.g. EU-LAC senior officials meeting on science and technology] and external funding [e.g. the EU-funded project LAC-ACCESS]).

He was a member of the Forschungsgruppe Internet (Interdisciplinary Internet Research Group) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna, the Association of Internet Researchers, the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries and the Austrian Association for American Studies.

Philipp studied Social and Cultural Anthropology and Communication at the University of Vienna, Austria and Utrecht University, Netherlands. He graduated with a M.A. (Mag.phil.) degree in 2003, finishing his studies with a master's thesis on indigenous groups and computer networks.

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