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Associate Professor of AnthropologyPD Dr. Carsten Wergin

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PD Dr. Carsten Wergin
Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 400.02.04
69115 Heidelberg

+49 (0) 6221 54 4002

PD Dr. Carsten Wergin


Carsten Wergin trained at Goldsmiths College and the University of Bremen. After spending a few years at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) he joined Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg in 2014. His anthropological work is located at the intersections of heritage, culture and ecology. His doctoral research examined the transcultural music scene of the French Overseas-Department La Réunion. His habilitation is based on a longterm ethnographic study of a conflict over the construction of a $45 billion AUS-Dollar Liquefied Natural Gas Facility (LNG) on sacred Indigenous land in Northwest Australia. Carsten has held honorary fellowships at UNSW and the Australian National University (ANU), and functions as the chairperson of the German Association for Australian Studies (GASt) and on the executive committee of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS).

Curriculum Vitae (Excerpt)

2019 –  Associate Professor of Anthropology, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg.
2014 – 2019  Junior Research Group Leader “The Transcultural Heritage of Northwest Australia”, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg.
2011 – 2014  Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Social Policy Research Centre, The University of New South Wales, Sydney.
2008 – 2011  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Graduate School “Society and Culture in Motion”, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg.

Selected Publications


2023  Tourism, Indigeneity, and the Importance of Place: Fighting for Heritage at Australia’s Last Frontier (Anthropology of Tourism: Heritage, Mobility and Society Series) Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.
2018  Der Ruf des Schneckenhorns: Hermann Klaatsch (1863 – 1916): Ein Heidelberger Wissenschaftler in Nordwestaustralien. Heidelberg: heiBOOKS (with Corinna Erckenbrecht).
2010  Kréol Blouz: Musikalische Inszenierungen von Identität und Kultur (with CD). Köln, Weimar, Wien: Böhlau.

Edited Volumes

2014  Materialities of Tourism. Tourist Studies 14(3) (Special Issue, with Stephen Muecke). 
2013  Musical Performance and the Changing City: Post-Industrial Contexts in Europe and the United States. New York: Routledge (with Fabian Holt).
2012  Songlines vs. Pipelines? Mining and Tourism in Remote Australia. Australian Humanities Review 53 (Special Section, with Stephen Muecke).
2009  Re-Scaling the Anthropology of Tourism. Etnográfica 13 (2) (Special Section, with Patrick Neveling).
2009  Haut: Zwischen Innen und Außen – Organ. Fläche. Diskurs. Münster: LIT (Editorial Team “Villigster Werkstatt Interdisziplinarität”).

Journal Articles

2023  From Transculture to Transecology. Coming to Terms with Multispecies Conviviality in the Education for Sustainable Development. heiEDUCATION Journal 9 | 2023: 83–95. https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.heied.2023.9.24724
2022  All Landscape is Collaborative: Re-Mobilizing Care and Concern on a Damaged Planet. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 35(3): 445-459. https://doi.org/10.1080/13511610.2022.2095991
2021  Listening “Care-Fully”: Acoustemologies of Hope in the Face of Human-Made Environmental Degradation. Cadernos de Arte e Antropologia 10(2): 24-37. https://doi.org/10.4000/cadernosaa.3739
https://doi.org/10.4000/cadernosaa.3739 (with Edwin Mulligan)
2021  Healing through Heritage? The Repatriation of Human Remains from European Collections as Potential Sites of Reconciliation. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures 30/1: 123-133. https://doi.org/10.3167/ajec.2021.300109
2018  Policy in the Anthropocene. Glocalism: Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation 2018, 3: 1-16. https://doi.org/10.12893/gjcpi.2018.3.3

Contributions to Edited Volumes

2021  Understanding Multispecies Mobilities: From Mosquito Eradication to Coexistence, in: M. Hall and D. Tamir (eds.) Mosquitopia: The Place of Pests in a Healthy World. London, New York: Routledge, pp. 33-46. (with U. Beisel) https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003056034
2021  Responsibility = Ownership? An Ethnographic Moment in Native Title, in: Geoff Rodoreda und Eva Bischoff (eds.) Mabo's Cultural Legacy. History, Literature, Film and Cultural Practice in Contemporary Australia. London: Anthem Press, pp. 47-58.
2020  Von der Batarsité zum Welterbe: Die Maloya-Musik der Insel La Réunion, in: Christofer Jost und Gerd Sebald (eds.) Musik – Kultur – Gedächtnis: Theoretische und analytische Annäherungen an ein Forschungsfeld zwischen den Disziplinen. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp. 278-297. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-29609-4_13
2017  The ‘White Magic’ of Modernity: Retracing Indigenous Environmental Knowledge in Settler-Colonialist Australia. In: Eveline Dürr and Arno Pascht (eds.) Environmental Transformations and Cultural Responses: Ontologies, Discourses and Practices in Oceania. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 157-185.
2017  Tourismus, in: Claus Leggewie and Erik Meyer (eds.) Global Pop: Das Buch zur Weltmusik. Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler, pp. 195-203. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-476-05480-7_24

Awards and Honours

2023  Inaugural AuSI / HRC Visiting Fellow, Australian National University (ANU).
2018  Senior Visiting Fellow, University of New South Wales (UNSW).
2011  Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Outgoing Fellow, 7th Framework Programme, European Commission.
2009  Dissertation Price, Mariann Steegmann Foundation. 
2007  Young Scholars Award, European Science Foundation.

Memberships and other Functions

Chairperson of the German Association for Australian Studies (GASt)
Member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS)

Further Memberships
European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
German Association for Social and Cultural Anthropology (GASCA)
Frobenius Institute for Cultural Anthropology, Frankfurt
Heidelberg Centre for the Environment (HCE)
Petrocultures Research Group (www.petrocultures.com)

Current Projects

Carsten Wergin is a Principal Investigator (PI) in Shaping Access, an interdisciplinary research project on the handling of human remains in collections of the Ethnographic Museum vPST and Heidelberg University (FITCH, Research Tandems). He is also a PI in the international research project Mobile Mosquitoes, which develops a transdisciplinary global health perspective on the entangled mobilities of Aedes mosquitoes and humans, with contributions from cultural anthropologists, human geographers and entomologists based in India, Mexico, Tanzania and Germany (Volkswagen Foundation, Grant Number 9B366).