Biographies – EN

Prof Dr Wolfgang Schmale

Prof Dr Wolfgang Schmale is a historian and a professor for History of the Modern Age. He works at the Department of History at the University of Vienna (Austria). He is member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts as well as the Academia Europaea. One of his research priorities is European Studies. His blog “My Europe” is linked to his book “Mein Europa. Reisetagebücher eines Historikers” (“My Europe. Travel journals of a historian”) (Vienna, Böhlau 2013) which does not only discuss travelling textually but also describes it as an intellectual journey through European topics. (


Prof Dr Markus Tauschek

Markus Tauschek, Dr phil., has been a professor for European Ethnology with focus on popular culture at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology in Freiburg since 2015. He is a member of the expert committee “Immaterial Cultural Heritage” of the German UNESCO commission, as well as the Executive director of the Center for Popular Culture and Music in Freiburg. Research priority: Cultural Heritage and History Culture (publication 2013: “Kulturerbe. Eine Einführung” (“Cultural Heritage. An Introduction”) at Reimer Publishing House; 2010 dissertation “Wertschöpfung aus Tradition. Der Karneval von Binche und die Konstituierung kulturellen Erbes“ („Creation of Value through Tradition. The Carnival of Binche and the Formation of Cultural Heritage”), economic anthropology (resources, competition and rivalry), popular culture. Current research projects: “Muße lernen?” (“Learning Leisure?”) during the special research work 1015 “Muße” (“Leisure”); “Doing Popular Culture. Zur performativen Herstellung der Gothic-Szene“ (“Doing Popular Culture. The Performative Development of the Gothic Scene” (sponsored by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), Graduate College “New Travelling – New Media” (sponsored by Volkswagen-Stiftung).


Prof Dr Dr h.c. Klaus Roth

Prof Dr Dr h.c. Klaus Roth has been an emeritus at the University of Munich since 2004. From 1992-2004 he was associate professor at the Department of Ethnology at the University of Munich. In 1988 and 1991 he was a visiting professor at the Department of Anthropology at Berkeley University. After obtaining his doctorate in Freiburg in 1975 he worked as a research assistant at the Department of Ethnology at University of Münster. He studied English Studies, Geography and Slavic Studies in Hamburg and Freiburg and from 1967 on, he studied Ethnology in Freiburg and Bloomington, Indiana. His research priority are inter alia: Narration Research, Ethnology of South-East Europe, as well as Intercultural Communication.
Since 1993 he has been co-editor of the Encyclopaedia of Fairy Tales, since 1996 vice president of the Southeast Europe Association and since 2002 president of the Herder-Forschungsrat. Furthermore, he is the editor of Münchener Beiträge zur Interkulturellen Kommunikation (“Munich’s Contributions to Intercultural Communication”), as well as the magazine Ethnologia Balkanica.


Prof Dr Ana Luleva

Prof Ana Luleva studied History, Philosophy and German Studies at the University St Kliment Ochridski in Sofia and obtained a doctorate at the Department for Ethnography and Folklore at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, where she worked as a scientific assistant until 2004. She has worked as a lecturer since 2005 and she is head of the Ethnology Department of socialist and post-socialist Societies.


Dr Isabel Greschat

Dr Isabel Greschat has been curator of the Museum of Bread Culture in Ulm since 2015. She studied Art History, Romance philology and Protestant Theology at the University of Münster, dissertation about Max Ernst (1994), then research assistant at Dresden State Art Collections; 1996-2001 associate director at the Art Museum Stuttgart; 2002-2006 director of the Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden. 2007-2014 cultural advisor of the City of Pforzheim.


Petra Unger M.A.

Petra Unger studied “International Gender Research and Feminist Politics” at Rosa Mayreder College, graduation with Master of Arts for Gender Studies and Feminist Research. She was awarded the Käthe Leichter Prize in 2011 for women and gender research. She is founder of Women’s Town Tours in Vienna, art and culture mediator, lecturer and author.