Dr. Katja Geisenhainer



email: katja.geisenhainer@univie.ac.at, geisenhainer@em.uni-frankfurt.de


Study of social/cultural anthropology, sociology, pedagogy and pedagogical psychology in Mainz and Leipzig. 2001 doctorate at the University of Leipzig with a thesis on the anthropologist and ethnologist Otto Reche (1879-1966). DFG project on the life and work of the ethnologist Marianne Schmidl (1890-1942). Lise-Meitner-Project of the Austrian Wissenschaftsfonds (FWF) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, on professional networking and connections between the Viennese ‘Völkerkunde’ Institute” and the corresponding German institutes and museums between 1933 and 1945. Research and teaching with a focus on the history of German-speaking ethnology. Current project (FWF Elise Richter Programme) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, in close cooperation with the Frobenius Institute in Frankfurt/Main: “Interactions in Anthropology: Frankfurt and Vienna before the mid-20th century – The cultural historical approach as a common denominator during times of crisis and totalitarian regime”.

In the winter semester 2023/24 substitute position at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main.

Spokesperson of the AG history of anthropology in the German Anthropological Association, together with Richard Kuba.