Andre Gingrich

Andre Gingrich

Univ.-Prof. Dr.

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Institute for Social Anthropology • Austrian Academy of Sciences

Since 2003, Andre Gingrich is Director of the Institute for Social Anthropology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He also served as Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Vienna University from 1998 to 2017. He obtained both his Doctoral degree (1979) in Social Anthropology (together with studies in Sociology, Arabic, and Middle Eastern History) and his habilitation (1990) at Vienna University. His research focuses on the anthropology and history of south-western Arabia (Saudi Arabia and Yemen); theories and methods in anthropology; and the history of anthropology. He has been a research project director at the Austrian Academy (e.g. Wittgenstein project 2001-2007; EU Tempus cooperation with BirZeit (2005-2009); Globalisation handbook (2006-2011, in German)), and currently holds several international functions: he is editorial board member for peer reviewed journals such as Ethnos (Sweden) or Focaal (Netherlands);  an advisory board member at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle/G) and for the Frobenius Institute at the JW Goethe University Frankfurt, as well as a member of the Royal Swedish and the Austrian Academies of Sciences. For the VISCOM SFB, of which he is also the deputy director, his project focuses on south-western Arabia, and especially on medieval Yemeni communal relations. Some of these insights are summarized in German in a 2018 contribution to the MAGW journal (with Odile Kommer), and in English within his edited volume "Anthropology in Motion: Encounters with current trajectories of scholarship from Austria, Country Series vol. 4 of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland", Canon Pyon: Sean Kingston (forthcoming).

Selected Publications:

  • The Use and Abuse of Civilization: An Assessment from Historical Anthropology for South Arabia’s History, in: J. P. Arnason and C. Hann (eds.), Reconsidering Civilization (forthcoming).
  • (ed. with Christina Lutter), Visions of Community: Comparative Approaches to Medieval Forms of Identity in Europe and Asia, in History and Anthropology 26/1 (2015) - Thematic Journal Issue.
  • (with Christina Lutter), Visions of Community: an Introduction, in Andre Gingrich and Christina Lutter (eds.), Visions of Community. Comparative Approaches to Medieval Forms of Identity in Europe and Asia, History and Anthropology 26/1 (2015), 1-7.
  • Multiple Histories: Three Journeys through Academic Records, Medieval Yemen, and Current Anthropology’s Encounters with the Past, in: Andre Gingrich and Christina Lutter (eds.), Visions of Community. Comparative Approaches to Medieval Forms of Identity in Europe and Asia, History and Anthropology 26/1 (2015), 110-128.
  • Galactic Polities: Anthropological Insights for Understanding States in Yemen’s pre-Ottoman Past, in: Andre Gingrich and S. Haas (eds.), Southwest Arabia across History - Essays to the Memory of Walter Dostal (Wien: Verlag der OEAW, 2014), 117-124.
  • (with Monika Palmberger), Qualitative Comparative Practices: Dimensions, Cases, and Strategies, in: U. Flick (ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis (Los Angeles et al.: SAGE, 2014), 94-108.
  • Envisioning Medieval Communities in Asia: Remarks on Ethnicity, Tribalism, and Faith, in: Walter Pohl, Clemens Gantner, and Richard Payne (eds.): Visions of Community in the Post-Roman World: The West, Byzantium and the Islamic World, (Ashgate, Farnham: 2012), pp. 29-41.
  • (ed. with Fernand Kreff, Eva-Maria Knoll, Sven Hartwig and Sabine Declev), Lexikon der Globalisierung, (Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2011).
Last Update: 17.07.19