Dr. Thomas Burkhalter is an ethnomusicologist, interdisciplinary artist and music journalist from Bern. He is the founder and director of Norient – Performing Music Research (norient.com), the Norient Film Festival (NFF) and the Norient Space “The Now In Sound”.
He co-directed the documentary films “Contradict” (Berner Filmpreis 2020) and “Ghana Controversial” (Al-Jazeera Witness, 2019), the AV/theatre/dance performance “Clash of Gods” (2018), is the author of “Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut” (Routledge), and he co-edited the books “The Arab Avant Garde: Musical Innovation in the Middle East” (Wesleyan University Press), “Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World” (Norient Books), and “Out of the Absurdity of Life – Global Music” (Norient/Traversion). His experimental radio feature, “Gqom Edits – A Durban Visit”, was nominated for Prix Europa in 2017. Currently, Thomas Burkhalter is working on a new music project, on the podcast series “Timezones”, and on an experimental interview series with musicians from the UK, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.
Prof. Dr. Anja Sieber Egger co-leads the research Center “Childhood in Education and Society” at the Zurich University of Teacher Education. She is a social anthropologist (PhD, University of Berne) with a strong research interest in the anthropology of education and childhood, in everyday culture in school including processes of doing gender/race/ethnicity/culture as well as (domestic) violence during childhood. At the heart of her methodological interest lies the educational ethnography.
In the Spring Semester 2021, Anja Sieber Egger and Gisela Unterweger will give the lecture “Introduction to the Anthropology of Education: cultural perspectives on education, socialization, and childhood”
Dr. Gisela Unterweger is co-leader of the Research Center Childhood in Education and Society at the Zurich University of Teacher Education. She is a European ethnologist (University of Zurich) and has a research background in childhood studies, everyday culture in school and the construction of identities and subjectivities as pupil. She works with ethnographic research strategies to explore and investigate the cultural and social dimensions of schooling.
In the Spring Semester 2021, Gisela Unterweger and Anja Sieber Egger will give the lecture “Introduction to the Anthropology of Education: cultural perspectives on education, socialization, and childhood”