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 and Birgit Bräuchler, Philipp is working on the edited book provisionally titled Theorising Media and Conflict to be published by Berghahn. This will be the second "Theorising media and ..." book in Berghahn's anthropology of media series. 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 volume is a result of the workshop "Theorising Media and Conflict" organized by the EASA Media Anthropology Network at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna (23-24 Oct 2015).
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 critically discusses 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. Contributions to the book 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. Moreover, it reviews selected methodological approaches and challenges through 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 investigated the creation, development, and utilization of broadband internet infrastructures, technologies, and services by indigenous people and communities in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Research focused on (a) the geographical, historical, and sociocultural contexts, (b) the socio-technical infrastructures and relationships, and (c) the digital practices and activities, related to the local everyday appropriation of internet technologies. Grounded in ethnographic fieldwork and framed in a media and digital anthropology project, the project discussed the case of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Kuhkenah Network (KO-KNET) and its most mundane internet service MyKnet.org.
KO-KNET is a First Nations owned and controlled internet organization and network which was established by a regional tribal council. Its main objective has been to connect the remote indigenous communities in Northwestern Ontario to the internet and with each other. Moreover, the network provides indigenous people with digital services, such as online education and e-health, with the aim to improve living conditions in the remote communities. MyKnet.org is a youth-based homepage system that has been built and developed around communities' need to maintain social ties and networks across great distance.
The project demonstrated how digital infrastructures contributed to the connecting and networking of First Nations people and communities, and how this also enabled and strengthened social relationships between local communities and non-indigenous institutions. The analysis of digital practices that are closely related to the online social environment MyKnet.org emphasized the cultural and historical uniqueness of processes of technology appropriation in a remote and isolated area. As a community-based and community-focused service exclusively for First Nations people, MyKnet.org contributed to inter- and intra-community communication and interaction. Since the communities had no adequate telecommunications infrastructure until the middle of the 1990s, these developments can also be understood as processes of socio-technical change. By consistently including local populations in processes of infrastructure and technology development, KO-KNET also managed to localize the control over the construction, distribution, and use of digital infrastructures, technologies, and services. This, on the other hand, contributed to the socio-technical empowerment of First Nation communities in Northwestern Ontario. Thus, indigenous people and communities are able to participate in a self-determined manner to regional, national, and even global digital connectivity processes.
Ethnographic research for this project 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.
More information can be found 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.