Philipp Budka


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

As social and cultural anthropologist, Philipp is interested in (digital) media technologies, infrastructure, indigenous media, visual culture, activism, social movements, transnationalism and processes of globalization, social and cultural theory, ethnicity and (neo)nationalism, production and transfer of knowledge, ethnography as method and epistemology, 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, where he is writing about the anthropology of media and technology, digital anthropology and ethnography, visual anthropology, indigenous internet practices and media, technology enhanced learning and his ethnographic fieldwork. 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 particularly in the fields of media, technology and digital anthropology. He is also teaching in the M.A. programme "Visual and Media Anthropology" at the Free University Berlin.

Philipp 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.
At the University of Vienna's Faculty of Social Sciences, Philipp is participating to the research area "Visual Studies in the Social Sciences". He is also a member of the Plattform für Kulturen, Integration und Gesellschaft (Platform for Culture, Integration and Society), the alumni organisation of the Viennese Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

In addition, Philipp is actively involved in the Digital Anthropology Group of the American Anthropological Association and the initiative Teilnehmende Medienbeobachtung (Participant Media Observation) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna. He is also founding member of the Forschungsgruppe Internet (Interdisciplinary Internet Research Group) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna.

Previous Activities

Philipp completed his doctoral dissertation in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna. His PhD project investigated indigenous digital infrastructures and practices in Canada.

Philipp was employed at the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna to coordinate the project SOWI-STEOP - Gemeinsame sozialwissenschaftliche Studieneingangs- und Orientierungsphase (Joint Introduction and Orientation Phase for Social Science Students) from 2010 to 2012. SOWI-STEOP continued and developed student-centred support activities by following best practice models of technology enhanced learning created within the project eSOWI-STEP.

From 2007 to 2010, Philipp was working at the eLearning Centre of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna, coordinating the project eSOWI-STEP - Gemeinsame Studieneingangsphase der Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften (Joint Introduction Phase for Students at the Faculty of Social Sciences). The project developed and maintained a joint, interdisciplinary introduction phase for social science students utilizing technology-enhanced learning and teaching concepts and models.

From 2006 to 2008, he was employed at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna, coordinating and managing the project Strategien für vernetztes Lernen (Strategies for Networked Learning). This project created a digital and hypermedia learning environment for anthropology students and teachers.

From 2003 to 2006, Philipp was employed at the Austrian Latin America Institute (LAI) in Vienna, where he was, amongst others, in charge of the online learning systems Latin American Studies Online (LASON) and OEKU-Online, the preparation of project proposals (e.g. the EU-funded project LAC-ACCESS) and the co-organisation of conferences (e.g. EU-LAC Senior Officials Meeting on Science and Technology).

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

Awards, Grants and Scholarships

Philipp was granted the University of Vienna's Research Scholarship in 2008.

In January 2008, Philipp was awarded the Prize of the German Foundation for Canadian Studies to support his fieldwork.

In 2007, Philipp received a scholarship for Academic Research Abroad of the University of Vienna.

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