Curriculum Vitae

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Hermann Mückler

  • 1964, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1970-1983, Secondary School Education in Vienna
  • 1983-1988, Working at the Educational Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs; planning, organisation and moderation of education programs for adults.

Academic Career

  • 1984-1988, Study of History and Journalism at Vienna University
  • 1989-1993, Study of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Ethnology and Political Science at Vienna University
  • 1993, MA in Anthropology / Philosophy Title of thesis (original in German): ”Ethnic heterogenity in Fiji as a heritage of British colonial politics and its consequences for the Fijians from 1858 until nowadays.“ („Ethnische Heterogenität als Erbe britischer Kolonialpolitik und seine Konsequenzen für Fidschi von 1858 bis heute")
  • 1997, Doctorate (PhD) in Anthropology / Philosophy Title of thesis (original in German): ”Taukei und Vulagi; Reasons for political instability in Fiji. Culture change, ethnic conflicts and the importance of the chiefly system; the Fijian perspective.“ („Taukei und Vulagi: Ursachen politischer Instabilität in Fidschi. Kulturwandel, ethnische Konflikte und die Bedeutung des Häuptlingstums: die fidschianische perspektive“)
  • Since 1993, Organization of and participation in student excursions to the Pacific Islands and participation in seminars at the East-West Center, Honolulu/USA and Institute of Pacific Studies/University of the South Pacific, Suva/Fiji
  • 2001, Habilitation with a thesis “Finis Tui Viti? Transformation and decay of traditional structure of power in Fiji as a consequence of internal and outside dynamics.” (Finis Tui Viti? Wandel und Erodierung traditioneller Machtstrukturen in Fidschi als Konsequenz innerer und äußerer Dynamiken. Ein Beitrag zur Traditionalismus-Diskussion aus ethnohistorisch und politisch-ethnologischer Sicht)
  • Since 2001 Professorship and tenure position at the Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology, Vienna University.

Positions and Functions

  • Since 2001, Professor at the Department for Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Vienna
  • 2004-2008, Vicedean of the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 1999-2002, President of the European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)
  • 1996-2010, President of the Austrian South Pacific Society (Österreichisch-Südpazifischen Gesellschaft, OSPG)
  • Since 2010, President of the Austrian Fijian Society (Österreichisch-Fidschianischen Gesellschaft, ÖFiG)
  • Since 2003, Vicepresident of the Anthropological Society in Vienna (Anthropologische Gesellschaft in Wien)
  • Since 2002, Vicepresident of the Institute for Comparative Research in Architecture (ICRA, Institut für Vergleichende Architekturforschung, IVA)
  • Since 2013, Vicepresident of the Association of all Austrian Foreign Friednship-societies PaN (partner of all nations)
  • Since 2010, Vicepresident of the OSPG
  • 2010-2012, since 2014, Studies programme coordinator at the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Univeristy of Vienna
  • 1997-2005, Member of the Boards of the European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)
  • Since 1999, Member of the Adivsory Board of the Research Center for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific, Auckland, Neuseeland
  • 2002-2004, Member of the Local Organization Committee der European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
  • Since 2008, Member of the Scientific Board for Strategy and Security Politics of the Austrian Ministry of Defense. (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat für Strategie- und Sicherheitspolitik, Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung)
  • Since 2009, Member in the Board of the German society for Overseas History (Gesellschaft für Überseegeschichte, GÜSG)
  • 2000-2002, General Editor and Publisher of the “Wiener Ethnohistorischen Blätter”, WEB)
  • Since 1996, General Editor of the book series “Novara-Beiträge zur Pazifikforschung”
  • Since 2009, Member in the Editorial Board of the book series “Edition Weltregionen” of the Association for Economic and Social History (Verein für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, Wien)
  • Since 2010, Member of the Editorial Boards of the book series “Historische Sozialkunde/Internationale Entwicklung” of the Association “Verein für Geschichte und Sozialkunde” in Vienna
  • Since 2008, Member in the Editorial Board of the “Anthropological Notebooks” of the Slovene Anthropological Society, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Since 2008, Member in the Editorial Board of the “Journal of Comparative Cultural Studies in Architecture” (JCCS-a), Hannover, Germany
  • Since 2014, Member of the Editorial Board of the "West Bohemian Historical Review", Pilsen/Hamburg
  • Since 1998, Guest Professor and Guest Lecturer at the universites of Auckland (New Zealand), Bayreuth, Mainz und Heidelberg (Germany), Bratislava (Slovakia), Brunel und St. Andrews (UK), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Padua (Italy), Paris (France), Suva (Fiji), Sydney, Canberra (Australia), Bern und Zürich (Switzerland)
  • 2008-2010, Chairman of the Studies Conference Social Sciences, Vienna
  • 2010-2012, Head of Studies Program Center, Department for Cultural and Social Sciences

Projects and other Academic Activities

  • 1998-2011, Planning, Organisation and Implementation of Excursions/Field to Oceania, South-East Asia and East Asia
  • 1994, Member of the “Gulf War Consequences Evaluation” delegation of the Department of Political Sciences, University of Vienna, invited by the Kuwait Government
  • 1996, Co-Organisation of an excursion to the University of Cairo, Egypt, as part of the Research Focus “International Politics/Conflict Management - Middle East” of the Department of Political Sciences, University of Vienna
  • 1997, Idea and Concept for the exhibition „Die Entdeckung der Südsee im Spiegel alter Karten, Ansichten und Bücher von 1680-1850“ (The Discovery of the South Seas mirrored in old charts, maps and books from 1680 to 1850) in the Vienna Museum of Ethnology (together with I. Schütz-Müller)
  • 2000, Projekt-Coordinator of the project „Auf den Spuren der Südsee in Wien” (Traces of the South Seas in Vienna). Winner of the PAN-Prize (Partner of all Nations) 2000
  • 2002 Organisator of the „5th Conference of the European Society for Oceanists (ESfO) from 4. to 6 July 2002 in Vienna (apporx. 400 participants)
  • 1999-2005, Project „African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean” with a focus on Mauritius, Indian Ocean, (together with K. R. Wernhart)
  • Since 1999, project „Political Development in the South Pacific” (together with Ingfrid Schütz-Müller)
  • 2002, Conception of the exhibition „Ozeanien im Spiegel alter Karten und Ansichten“ (together with I. Schütz-Müller) in the castle Grafenegg, Lower Austria, as accompanying event parallel to the Conference of the ESfO
  • 2006-2008, Research Project „Flucht in die Südsee, Emigration von Österreich nach Neuseeland“ (Escape into the South Seas; Emigration from Austria to New Zealand), supported by a grant of the Asutrian National Bank (Grant 11.777, Jubiläumsfond)
  • 2002, Cooperation and Research Expedition with E. Lehner (Institut für Außereuropäische Bauforschung, TU-Wien) to document forms of traditional architecture in Samoa and Fiji.
  • 2006, Cooperation and Research Expedition with E. Lehner (Institut für Außereuropäische Bauforschung, TU-Wien) to the King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia; presentations and discussions about the development of a city development plan for the old city of Jeddah
  • 2007, Cooperation and Research Expedition with E. Lehner (Institut für Außereuropäische Bauforschung, TU-Wien) to Ulan Bataar, Mongolia, Cooperation with the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) for the development and creation of a concept for the Ger-District in Ulan Bataar
  • 2007, Research-Expedition to West-Timor, Indonesien, Cooperation with the Gajah Madah University in Yogjakarta, Indonesia
  • 2011, Cooperation and Research Expedition with E. Lehner (Institut für Außereuropäische Bauforschung, TU-Wien) to Ethiopia
  • 2009-2011, project: „Walter Knoche and the Chilean Easter Island Expedition 1911” in Cooperation with the University of Santiago, Chile
  • 2012, field practicum with students in Bali, Ondinesia; publicaiont of the scientific results.
  • 2010, 24th August, Awarding of the PaN-decoration in honor for activities to increase international understanding among peoples, awarded by Vice Mayor Michael Ludwig in the Vienna City Hall.