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 and communication, activism, social movements, transnationalism and 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 in 2017. His PhD project explored indigenous digital infrastructures and practices in Canada.

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

From 2007 to 2010, Philipp was a research associate at the E-Learning Centre of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna (co-coordinator of interdisciplinary projects on technology enhanced learning and teaching in the social sciences).

From 2006 to 2008, he was a research associate at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna (coordinator of a project on strategies for technology enhanced learning and teaching in social and cultural anthropology).

From 2003 to 2006, Philipp was employed at the Austrian Latin America Institute (LAI) in Vienna (co-coordinator of 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]).

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

Awards and Grants

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

In January 2008, Philipp received the research award of the German Foundation for Canadian Studies to support his ethnographic fieldwork.

In 2007, Philipp earned a grant for Academic Research Abroad by the University of Vienna.

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