Universität Wien FIND

240540 SE Digital Anthropology (P4) (2023S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!

The lecturer can invite students to a grade-relevant discussion about partial achievements. Partial achievements that are obtained by fraud or plagiarized result in the non-evaluation of the course (entry 'X' in certificate). The plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.
Tu 28.03. 16:45-20:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

If possible, the course is to be conducted in presence. Due to the respective applicable distance regulations and other measures, adjustments may be made.

Tuesday 07.03. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Tuesday 14.03. 16:45 - 20:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 25.04. 15:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 15.05. 15:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this seminar we will look at anthropological research that deals with the social and cultural dimensions of the ‘digital’ and digitality, following different theoretical and methodological approaches. We will discuss how digital media and digital technologies affect differently positioned people and how they are integrated into their lifeworlds. Through reading relevant literature, we will map the main research areas of digital anthropology, e.g. migration and global hierarchies, smartphones, online politics, gender and social media. Finally, we will discuss how different digital technologies, such as AI, algorithm, social and mobile media inform our understandings of being in the world, such as perceptions of place, temporality and sociality. By situating technological development historically, we will be able to identify continuities and ruptures in central anthropological themes and theories.

Assessment and permitted materials

25% of the final grade: active participation/discussion in class/written critical questions on the compulsory texts
30% of the final grade: presentation and discussion of a chosen topic
45% of the final grade: three written assignments (approx. 2 pages each) completed during the semester

Please be aware that all of the above-listed assignments are required in order to receive a positive evaluation.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grading scale:
91 - 100 points = 1 (sehr gut)
81 - 90 points = 2 (gut)
71 - 80 points = 3 (befriedigend)
61 - 70 points = 4 (genügend)
0 - 60 points = 5 (nicht genügend)

Examination topics

Reading list

The reading list and all texts will be provided via the online learning platform Moodle.

BOELSDORFF, Tom. 2019. “The Ability of Place: Digital Topographies of the Virtual Human on Ethnographia Island”. Current Anthropology Vol. 61.
BONILLA, Yarimar and ROSA, Jonathan: #Ferguson: Digital protest, hashtag ethnography, and the racial politics of social media in the United States
DASGUPTA, Rohit. 2017. “Media, diversity and emergence of the cyberqueer in Indian Digital Queer Cultures”. In Rohit DASGUPTA “India: Politics, Intimacies and Belonging”. New York: Routledge.
GEISMAR Haidy and KNOX Hannah 2021. Introduction 2.0. In: Haidy Geismar, Hannah Knox, eds. Digital Anthropology, Second edition. London, New York: Routledge.
HINE, Christine. 2016. “From Virtual Ethnography to the Embedded, Embodied, Everyday Internet”. In The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography, edited by Larissa Hjorth et al. New York: Routledge.
MILLER, Daniel and HORST, Heather. 2020. “The Digital and the Human: A Prospectus for Digital Anthropology.” In Heather Horst and Daniel Miller (eds.) Digital Anthropology. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
PALMBERGER, Monika. 2022. “Refugees enacting (digital) citizenship through placemaking and care practices near and far.” Journal of Citizenship Studies. Vol. 26, No. 6.
PINK, Sarah, HORST, Heather, POSTILL, John, HJORTH, Larissa, LEWIS, Tania and TACCHI, Jo. 2016. “Ethnography in a Digital World” in Sarah Pink et al. (eds.) Digital ethnography: Principles and practice. London: Sage.
PINK, Sarah, SINANAN, Jolynna, HJORTH, Larissa and HORST, Heather. 2015. “Tactile digital ethnography: researching mobile media through the hand”. Mobile Media & Communication 4(2): 237–251.
PINK, Sarah. 2021. “Digital futures anthropology”. In: Haidy Geismar, Hannah Knox, eds. Digital Anthropology, Second edition. London, New York: Routledge.
SCHÜLL, Natasha. 2021. “Devices and selves: From self-exit to self-fashioning”. Haidy Geismar, Hannah Knox, eds. Digital Anthropology, Second edition. London, New York: Routledge.

Association in the course directory

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