Who We Are

DEI was co-founded by Philipp Budka, Suzana Jovicic and Monika Palmberger, three researchers working at the University of Vienna’s Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Their research and teaching engage with various aspects of “the digital” – be it a topic of inquiry or digital forms of research. 

Dr. Philipp Budka has been researching digital phenomena for more than 15 years from an anthropological perspective and by building on ethnographic fieldwork. He explored digital technology appropriation, internet infrastructure development and digital practices in remote indigenous communities; the relationship of media, conflict and activism; processes and practices of mediation, mediatization, ritualization and performativity and their entanglement as well as strategies and models for technology-enhanced learning and teaching in the social sciences. Currently, he is particularly interested in socio-technical relations and ethnographic research in the digital age as well as marginalized internet histories. He is a lecturer in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, and the M.A. program Visual and Media Anthropology at the Free University Berlin / HMWK Berlin. Philipp is the co-editor of Theorising Media and Conflict (2020, Berghahn Books) and Ritualisierung – Mediatisierung – Performance (2019, Vienna University Press) and is currently preparing the monograph Indigenizing the Internet. More information about his work can be found here: https://www.philbu.net/

Suzana Jovicic is a PhD researcher at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna and an extended team member of the research platform “Youth, Media, Life” at the University of Vienna. Funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (DOC-team), her dissertation deals with the use of smartphones among marginalized youths, based on ethnographic research in Viennese youth centers. The research focuses on the integration of mundane digital technology and the “in-between” design into youths’ everyday lives, marked by unemployment, fragmented “coming of age” and extended phases of boredom, waiting and stagnation. Moreover, together with an interdisciplinary team and high school students involved in the project, she is co-designing an open-source serious game tackling privacy, marketing and gamification in social media. More information about this project can be found here: https://www.yoeda.at/

Dr. Monika Palmberger is a senior research fellow and lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna and a research fellow at the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre of Leuven University. She is PI of the research project “REFUGEeICT – Multi-local Care and the Use of Information and Communication Technologies Among Refugees” funded by the Austrian Science Fund. Her work focuses on digital anthropology/ethnography, (forced) migration, memory and generation. She is author of the book How Generations Remember: Conflicting Histories and Shared Memories in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina (2016, Palgrave Macmillan) and coeditor of Care across Distance: Ethnographic Explorations of Aging and Migration (2018, Berghahn) and co-editor of Memories on the Move: Experiencing Mobility, Rethinking the Past  (2016, Palgrave Macmillan). You find her publications here: https://kuleuven.academia.edu/MonikaPalmberger