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Dr. Tobias Holzlehner

My general research interest focuses on processes of economic and political transformation in the borderlands of the Russia Far East and the Circumpolar North. In the course of the last years I conducted several research projects that tried to grasp shifting social configurations and various forms of mobility in a time of rapid cultural change. I examine in different ways overlapping and constantly moving sets of cultural formations, people and commodities alike, which seem to characterize a growing global and transnational culture. By tracing the connections between local communities and global forces, my research contributes to basic questions which anthropology is facing on our increasingly “moving earth.” In that respect, it is crucial to listen to local voices, how they perceive processes of globalization and transnationalism at the periphery of nation states, and essential to understand in detail the effects of transnational flows of goods and people on local communities.

Profil

Vita

Education

PhD in Cultural Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, December 2006 (Doctoral Thesis: "Shadow Networks: Border economies, informal markets, and organized crime in Vladivostok and the Russian Far East ). MA in Social Anthropology, Prehistory, and Slavonic Languages, University of Tübingen, Germany, May 2000 (Master Thesis: "Traveling Artifacts: The politics of archaeology in Chukotka, Russia ). 

Professional Employment
2014 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Seminar für Ethnologie, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg. 
2013 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, NSF, Arctic Social Science project (Far Eastern Borderlands: Informal Networks and Space at the Margins of the Russian State)
2012 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, NSF, Arctic Social Science project (Far Eastern Borderlands: Informal Networks and Space at the Margins of the Russian State). 
2011 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, NSF, Arctic Social Science project (Far Eastern Borderlands: Informal Networks and Space at the Margins of the Russian State). 
2010 Post-Doctoral Fellow / Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, BOREAS-MOVE project (Moved by the State - Histories and Futures of Relocations in Alaska and Rural Chukotka), 01/10-12/10.
2009 Post-Doctoral Fellow / Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, BOREAS-MOVE project (Moved by the State - Histories and Futures of Relocations in Alaska and Rural Chukotka), 01/09-12/09.
2008 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, BOREAS-MOVE project (Moved by the State - Histories and Futures of Relocations in Alaska and Rural Chukotka), 01/08-12/08.
2007 Term Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 9/07-12/07.
2006 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 9/06-8/07. 
Research Assistant, Department of Anthropology University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 1/06-8/06.
2005 Research Assistant, Center for Alaskan Native Health Research, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 1/05-9/05.
2004 Instructor, Department of Social Anthropology, Far Eastern State Technical University, Vladivostok, Russia, 3/04 - 5/04. 
2003 Census/Household Surveyor, Nuiqsut, Alaska, North Slope Borough, 5/03. 
Location manager / logistics and cultural consultant / translator, EPO Film (Vienna, Austria) in Alaska and Chukotka, documentary film project "Beringia: Bridge Between Continents , 6/03-8/03. 
Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 9/03-12/03.
2002 Contract Anthropologist, (logistics / cultural resource management), Tanana Chief s Conference (Native Alaska Regional Corporation), 6/02-8/02.
Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks (course: Individual, Society, and Culture), 1/02-5/02.
2001 Archaeological Crew Leader, (documentation, logistics, GPS/GIS), Northern Land Use Research, Inc., Fairbanks, 5/01-8/01.
2000 Research Assistant, (set up database on arctic housing), Prof. Müller-Beck, Institute of Early Prehistory, Tübingen, 1/00-5/00. 
1999 Teaching Assistant, (tutorial for undergraduate students), Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology , University of Tübingen, Germany, 10/99-12/99; 
Related Student Assistant, (general office duties, library service, etc.), Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology , University of Tübingen, Germany, 1/99-9/99.
1998 Webmaster, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology , University of Tübingen, Germany; 
Teaching Assistant, (tutorial for undergraduate students), Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology , University of Tübingen, Germany, 10/98-12/98; Related Student Assistant, (general office duties, library service, proofreading), Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tübingen, Germany, 11/97-9/98.
1997 Research Assistant, (compiled database on Central Asia) for Prof. Stellrecht, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Tübingen, Germany, 1/97-10/97.
1996 Related Student Assistant, (assisted department director in general office duties), Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tübingen, Germany, 1/96-12/96.

Expertenprofil

My general research interest focuses on migration and processes of economic and political transformation in the borderlands of the Russia Far East and the Circumpolar North. In the course of the last years I conducted several research projects that tried to grasp shifting social configurations and various forms of mobility in a time of rapid cultural change. I examine in different ways overlapping and constantly moving sets of cultural formations, people and commodities alike, which seem to characterize a growing global and transnational culture. By tracing the connections between local communities and global forces, my research contributes to basic questions which anthropology is facing on our increasingly "moving earth. How can anthropology theorize culture and the social order in periods of radical transition? What are the elements and media of social and cultural stability? How do flows of goods, ideas and people create boundaries and focal points of interaction? In that respect, it is crucial to listen to local voices, how they perceive processes of globalization and transnationalism at the periphery of nation states, and essential to understand in detail the effects of transnational flows of goods and people on local communities.