University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Anthropology




Matti Bunzl

Professor of Anthropology, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Gender and Women's Studies, History, Jewish Culture and Society, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and Center for Global Studies

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Education

  • B.A. & M.A. in Anthropology - Stanford University (1993) Ph.D. in Anthropology - University of Chicago (1998)

Publications

Books

  • In Search of a Lost Avant-Garde: An Anthropologist Investigates the Contemporary Art Museum. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014.
  • Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Hatreds Old and New in Europe. Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press/University of Chicago Press, 2007.
  • Symptoms of Modernity: Jews and Queers in Late-Twentieth-Century Vienna. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.

Book Contributions

  • "Introduction." Introduction. On the Social Life of Postsocialism: Memory, Consumption, Germany. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.
  • "Queering Austria for the New Europe." Sexuality in Austria. Ed. Günter Bischof, Anton Pelinka, and Dagmar Herzog. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2007. 131-144.
  • "Chasers." Fat: The Anthropology of an Obsession. Ed. Don Kulick and Anne Meneley. New York: Jeremy Tarcher/Penguin, 2005. 199-210.
  • "Völkerpsychologie and German-Jewish Emancipation." Worldly Provincialism: German Anthropology in the Age of Empire. Ed. Glenn Penny and Matti Bunzl. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003. 47-85.
  • "Foreword to Johannes Fabian's Time and the Other/ Syntheses of a Critical Anthropology." Introduction. Time and the Other. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.
  • "The Prague Experience: Gay Male Sex Tourism and the Neo-Colonial Invention of an Embodied Border." Altering States: Ethnographies of the Transition in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Ed. Daphne Berdahl, Matti Bunzl, and Martha Lampland. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000. 70-95.
  • "Theodor Herzl's Zionism as Gendered Discourse." Theodor Herzl and the Origins of Zionism. Ed. Edward Timms and Ritchie Robertson. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997. 74-86.
  • "Franz Boas and the Humboldtian Tradition: From Volksgeist and Nationalcharakter to an Anthropological Concept of Culture." Volksgeist as Method and Ethic: Essays on Boasian Ethnography and the German Anthropological Tradition. Ed. George Stocking. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996. 17-78.

Edited Books

  • Bunzl, Matti. Daphne Berdahl, On the Social Life of Postsocialism: Memory, Consumption, Germany. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.
  • Loomba, Ania, Suvir Kaul, Matti Bunzl, Antoinette Burton, and Jed Esty. Postcolonial Studies and Beyond. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005.
  • Penny, Glenn, and Matti Bunzl. Worldly Provincialism: German Anthropology in the Age of Empire. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003.
  • Berdahl, Daphne, Matti Bunzl, and Martha Lampland. Altering States: Ethnographies of Transition in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000.

Journal Articles

  • "Anthropologists are Talking’ About Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism in the New Europe." Ethnos 72.2 (2010):
  • "The Quest for Anthropological Relevance: Borgesian Maps and Epistemological Pitfalls." American Anthropologist 110.1 (2008): 53-60.
  • "Anti-Islamophobia and Its Others." European Studies Forum 37.1 (2007): 10-13.
  • "Desiderata for a History of Austrian Sexualities." Austrian History Yearbook 38 (2007): 48-57.
  • "Anthropology Beyond Crisis: Toward an Intellectual History of the Extended Present." Anthropology and Humanism 30.2 (2005): 187-195.
  • "Between Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Some Thoughts on the New Europe ." American Ethnologist 32.4 (2005): 499-508.
  • "Boas, Foucault, and the ‘Native Anthropologist’: Notes toward a Neo-Boasian Anthropology." American Anthropologist 106.3 (2004): 435-442.
  • "Austrian Zionism and the Jews of the New Europe." Jewish Social Studies 9.2 (2003): 154-173.
  • Bunzl , Matti . "Boas, foucault and the "native anthropologist": Notes toward a neo-boasian anthropology." American Anthropologist 106.3 (2003): 435-442.
  • "Of Holograms and Storage Areas: Modernity and Postmodernity at Vienna’s Jewish Museum." Cultural Anthropology 18.4 (2003): 435-468.
  • Bunzl , Matti . "Of holograms and storage areas: Modernity and postmodernity at vienna's jewish museum." Cultural Anthropology 18.4 (2003): 435-468.
  • "Inverted Appellation and Discursive Gender Insubordination: An Austrian Case Study in Gay Male Conversation." Discourse & Society 11.2 (2000): 207-236.
  • "Political Inscription, Artistic Reflection: A Recontextualization of Contemporary Viennese-Jewish Literature." The German Quarterly 73.2 (2000): 163-170.
  • "Resistive Play: Sports and the Emergence of Jewish Visibility in Contemporary Vienna." Journal of Sport & Social Issues 24.3 (2000): 232-250.
  • "Outing as Performance/ Outing as Resistance: A Queer Reading of Austrian (Homo)Sexualities." Cultural Anthropology 12.1 (1997): 129-151.
  • "The City and the Self: Narratives of Spatial Belonging among Austrian Jews." City & Society (1996): 50-81.
  • "The Poetics of Politics and the Politics of Poetics: Richard Beer-Hofmann and Theodor Herzl Reconsidered." The German Quarterly 69.3 (1996): 277-304.
  • "On the Politics and Semantics of Austrian Memory: Vienna's Monument against War and Fascism." History and Memory 7.2 (1995): 7-40.