Claudius Ströhle, MA 

About the Person


since 10/2021 | Junior Fellow at the IFK (International Research Center for Cultural Studies) in Vienna

since 03/2017 | Member of the Innsbruck Doctoral College "Dynamics of Inequality and Difference in the Age of Globalization” at the Research Area “Cultural Encounters – Cultural Conflicts”, University of Innsbruck

since 09/2016 | Doctoral Program Philosophy/European Ethnology, University of Innsbruck; Supervisor: Silke Meyer

03/2021–09/2021 | Coordinator of the Research Area “Cultural Encounters – Cultural Conflicts”, University of Innsbruck

03/2020–02/2021 | "Exzellenzstipendium" Scholarship for Doctoral Programs, Vice Rectorate of Research, University of Innsbruck

09/2016–02/2020 | Research Assistant in the research project „Follow the Money. Remittances as Social Practice“

2008–2015 | BA and MA Program European Ethnology, University of Innsbruck, semester abroad at the Yeditepe Üniversitesi in Istanbul, Department of Anthropology; Title of the master thesis: "School of Migration. How students learn to differentiate between Us and the Others."

PhD project

Remittances and Exchange within Austria and Turkey. Objectivations of Economic Practices and their Impact on Transnational Participation and Belonging

Initiated by young pioneer migrants from Turkey and proceeded through family reunion, summer visits, marriages, communication and media, Fulpmes in the Stubai Valley and the region of Uşak build a dynamic transnational social space (Thomas Faist). Most of the migrants and their descendants as well as returnees arrange their everyday lives not within the framework of one nation state, but of two (or more). Practices of exchange are organised by remittances, i.e. the sending and receiving of money, presents and daily objects, but also of ideas, values and social capital (Peggy Levitt). By focusing on the social and cultural meanings of economic practices, this study aims to read the exchange of remittances as a social practice of belonging and to look for its multiple objectivations: Houses built, flats furnished and gifts brought are materializations of habits, expectations, dreams and ideas of home. What if, like in the present transnational setting, houses built in the remote villages around Uşak are standing out because of their Austrian elements and flats in the Stubai Valley are furnished with Uşak carpets and items according to tastes of the originated region? Which story does a knife tell us, that is produced in a steel factory in Fulpmes and used during Kurban Bayramı in Uşak? Likewise, second and third generation youngsters started to establish businesses between Fulpmes, Innsbruck, Istanbul and Uşak. What social and transnational capital are they both using and creating? To gain a deepened insight into the various practices and to avoid the jeopardy of ethnicisation and methodological nationalism (Nina Glick Schiller), an ethnographic approach, which includes a long presence in the field, is applied. By accompanying the actors in their everyday lives in different social and geographical places in Austria and Turkey, the study aims to contribute to a multi-layered and multi-placed understanding of economic practices as a transnational form of participation and belonging.

Project Description

Research interests

  • Migration and Education
  • Transnational Migration Research
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Ethnographic Methodology


  • Claudius Ströhle (2018): Rezension zu: Melanie Hollaus, Heidi Schleich (Ed.): Bocksiedlung. Ein Stück Innsbruck, Veröffentlichungen des Innsbrucker Stadtarchives 58, Innsbruck: StudienVerlag, in: Tiroler Heimatblätter 93, Heft 1, 46–47
  • Claudius Ströhle (2017): Migrationsschule. Wie SchülerInnen lernen zwischen Uns und den Anderen zu unterscheiden, bricolage monografien. Innsbrucker Studien zur Europäischen Ethnologie 1, Innsbruck: innsbruck university press
  • Claudius Ströhle (2017): Tatsächlich hier zuhause? Über religiöse und nationale Symbole in der Schule, in: Wolfgang Meighörner (Ed.): Hier Zuhause. Migrationsgeschichten aus Tirol. Ausstellung im Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum, 2. Juni–3. Dezember 2017 Innsbruck: Alpina Druck, 107–112
  • Sandra Mauler, Claudius Ströhle (2017): Workshop Narrationsanalyse in der Europäischen Ethnologie am Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie der Leopold Franzens Universität Innsbruck, 22.–23. September 2016, in: Fabula. Zeitschrift für Erzählforschung 58, Heft 1+2, 133–136
  • Claudius Ströhle (2016): Rezension zu: Felicia Sparacio: Pendeln im Alter: Eine Fallstudie zu transnationaler Migration zwischen Deutschland und der Türkei, Untersuchungen des Ludwig-Uhland-Instituts der Universität Tübingen 119, Tübingen: Tübinger Vereinigung für Volkskunde, in: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Volkskunde 119, 353–356
  • Alexander Piff, Claudius Ströhle (2014): Was beim „20er“ alles mitgekauft wird. Tauschökonomien im Umfeld der Tiroler Straßenzeitung, in: Silke Meyer (Ed.): Money Matters. Umgang mit Geld als soziale und kulturelle Praxis, bricolage. Innsbrucker Zeitschrift für Europäische Ethnologie 7, 191–216

Conference presentations

  • The Jeweler’s Shop Back Home. Ethnography of a Crucial Place of Remittances | 17th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Luxembourg (online), 01–02.07.2020
  • Follow the Money? Potenzial, Herausforderungen und Grenzen einer Ethnografie transnationaler Lebenswelten | Vortrag im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe: Ethnografisch Forschen. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven, Abteilung Kulturanthropologie an der Universität Bonn, 18.12.2019
  • Double homes, single lives. Materiality, normality and meaning of cross-border dwelling within Austria and Turkey | 14th Congress of SIEF [Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore], Santiago de Compostela, 14.–17.04.2019
  • The school of migration. Construction of differences in Austrian classrooms | International Conference on Migration: Educational, Political and Cultural Aspects, Beit Berl College Tel Aviv, 18.–21.03.2019
  • The Story of a Knife. Transnational exchange between Austria and Turkey | International Conference More than Money. Remittances as Social Practice. Universität Innsbruck, 26.–28.09.2018
  • Remittances and Exchange within Austria and Turkey. Objectivations of Economic Practices and their Impact on Transnational Participation and Belonging | Workshop Türkeiforschung im deutschsprachigen Raum V, Universität Hamburg, 16.–17.03.2018
  • Die Angst des Forschers vor dem Feldausstieg am Beispiel einer ethnografischen Studie an einer Neuen Mittelschule in Tirol | Popkongress 2017, Universität Innsbruck,


  • Winter Term 2021/2022: From "guest worker research" to postmigrant social analysis. Approaches to migration studies in theory and practice
  • Winter Termin 2018/2019: Research Trends in European Ethnology. Staging Migration in Exhibitions (cooperation with City Museum Innsbruck)
  • Summer Term 2018: Material Culture as Communication. Transnational Objects – Exhibition Concept (cooperation with City Museum Innsbruck), with Silke Meyer and Fatma Haron 


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