Philipp Budka was and still is actively involved in several projects in and outside of university. These projects cover a range of topics, from technology enhanced learning and digital media technology appropriation in an indigenous context to the relationship between media and conflict as well as mediatization, religiousness and healing.
Together with John Postill, Philipp organized the EASA Media Anthropology Network workshop "Theorising Media and Conflict" at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna (23-24 Oct 2015). In addition to its networking function, the workshop will lead to an edited volume provisionally titled Theorising media and conflict, edited by Postill, Budka and Birgit Bräuchler. This will be the third in the EASA Media Anthropology Network's series of theoretical volumes published by Berghahn. The aim of the series is to place media anthropology at the forefront of theoretical advances in both anthropology and media and communication studies.
The workshop was generously supported by EASA, the Austrian Research Association (ÖFG) and the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna.
Together with Martin Luger and Franz Graf, Philipp is preparing the edited volume Mediatization - ritualization - performativity: sociocultural anthropology in transformative fields (Mediatisierung - Ritualisierung - Performativität: Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie in transformativen Feldern, Vienna University Press) which aims to critically discuss some crucial aspects of Manfred Kremser's (1950-2013) academic work. Kremser did research on religious systems and ritual performance in Central Africa and the Caribbean and was a pioneer of the anthropology of consciousness and cyber/digital anthropology. The book will discuss anthropological concepts related to transformative rituals and (ethno-)historical genesis, multi-locality, mediation/mediatization as well as the relational embeddedness of researchers within changing fields and relationships. In addition, it will review selected methodological approaches and problems by introducing different ethnographic case studies.
In a long-term (side) project, Philipp is aiming for an anthropological/ethnographic understanding of football fan culture in Austria and Europe within the larger framework of an anthropology of sport. First results were discussed in the working paper "Football fan communities and identity construction" (Budka & Jacono 2013) for the EU FP7 Project "Football Research in an Enlarged Europe". In addition, Philipp together with Stefan Heissenberger organized a workshop about the "Anthropology of Sport" at the "Vienna Anthropology Days 2015".
Philipp's dissertation project at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna investigates First Nations' digital media practices in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. It focuses on the appropriation of internet media technologies in indigenous communities; particularly in respect to the creation of networks and communities and the ways indigenous culture and identities are constructed and represented.
The focal point of the project is the First Nation organisation and internet service provider KO-KNET and in particular MyKnet.org, a KO-KNET service which provides community members with an online space for personal homepages. With this online environment as case study, the project aims to learn about
a) how people construct their identity online,
b) how people use the internet to establish and strengthen family, friendship and community ties, and
c) how people utilize digital media to represent First Nation communities, their members and their everyday life experiences.
Ethnographic research for this project between 2006 and 2008 was generously supported by the University of Vienna's Research Scholarship and a grant for Academic Research Abroad, the German Foundation for Canadian Studies and the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Tribal Council / KO-KNET.
For more detailed information take a look at the MyKnet.org research website.
The project Content-Erstellung für die sozialwissenschaftliche Studieneingangs- und Orientierungsphase (SOWI-STEOP) (Content Production for SOWI-STEOP) developed and produced hypermedia and digital learning and teaching material for the joint introduction phase at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna.
An example of such a digital learning material is the hypermedia learning content for the introduction course for social and cultural anthropology students.
The project SOWI-STEOP - Gemeinsame sozialwissenschaftliche Studieneingangs- und Orientierungsphase (Joint Introduction and Orientation Phase for Students of the Social Sciences) at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna continued and further developed student-centred support activities by following best practice models of technology enhanced learning created within the project eSOWI-STEP.
The project eSOWI-STEP - Gemeinsame Studieneingangsphase der Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften (Joint Introduction Phase for Students at the Faculty of Social Sciences), conducted at the eLearning Centre of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna, developed a technology enhanced learning environment and best practice learning models for student beginners in the social sciences.
The e-learning project Strategien für vernetztes Lernen: eine Lernumgebung für Methoden und Grundlagewissen (Strategies for Networked Learning - Learning Environment for Methods and Basic Knowledge) was conducted at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna and resulted in
a) the production of dedicated learning material for undergraduate students;
b) teaching concepts and models developed with the support of different online learning systems, tools and environments;
c) the development of blended learning scenarios and strategies for social and cultural anthropology students;
d) the evaluation of e-learning tools and blended learning scenarios.
Project LINC was created to learn about and to learn from the articulations of indigenous presence online, as gleaned from the perspective of indigenous persons. This was done by means of a web-based survey that invited indigenous persons and groups whose cyber-activities, in their respective ways, contributed to the re-presentations and brokerage of indigeneity online. Project LINC was conducted by Kyra Landzelius (University of Gothenburg) and Philipp Budka (University of Vienna) and funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.
The Directory of Austrian Researchers on Latin America and the Caribbean contains contact information, affiliations as well as thematic and geographic priorities of 186 Austrian researchers.
OEKU-Online is a transdisciplinary hypermedia content pool on the World Wide Web about the interconnections between economy, ecology and culture. The online learning pool was created at the Austrian Latin America Institute in Vienna.
Co-development of a Teaching Tool (CTT) within the scope of the EU project 'COMET - Competitive Metropolises' at the Institute for Urban and Regional Research of the Austrian Academy of Science.
Latin American Studies Online (LASON) is an interdisciplinary online learning system offering didactically structured content about Latin America for students and teachers alike. The learning system contributed to a virtual learning space, counterbalancing the lack of a Department of Latin American Studies at Austrian universities.
- Indigenous Groups and Computer Networks was Philipp Budka's MA project at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna giving an overview about indigenous groups and indigeneity in relation to internet technologies from an online perspective (in German):
Budka, Philipp. 2002. Indigene Gruppen und Computernetzwerke: Eine ethnographische Online-Untersuchung (Indigenous groups and computer networks: an ethnographic online study). Unpublished MA Thesis, Wien: Universität Wien. (PDF, 4 MB)
For more information about the projects, please contact Philipp Budka.