Christoph Bareither


Ludwig Uhland Institute of Historical and Cultural Anthropology
Burgsteige 11


Professor for Cultural Anthropology and Digital Anthropology


Christoph Bareither's research and teaching focuses on the ethnographic study of everyday digital cultures, combining the strengths of cultural and digital anthropology. The aim of his work is to contribute to urgent socio-political debates by shedding light on the transformations of everyday practices and experiences enabled through digital technologies (e.g. social media, digital image technologies, video games, artificial intelligence). His work integrates a variety of other fields, such as popular culture research, research on memory cultures, heritage and museums, and the ethnography of emotions. The topics he deals with include, among others, violence in video games, digital image cultures on social media, digital transformations of Holocaust remembrance, and populist truth-making in digital ‘post-truth’ societies. Christoph Bareither also contributes to the methodological development of digital ethnography and computer-assisted data analysis, bringing together cultural anthropology and digital humanities (see for example the project Curating Digital Images). Together with fellow researchers, he is also working on new formats for digital science communication and public engagement (see the CHAPTER project). At the LUI, he is also running the Digital Anthropology Lab, an international and interdisciplinary Hub for the ethnography of everyday digital cultures.