Growing up in the city of Graz, Austria, I went to a bilingual (English/German) high school. At the age of 16 I spent six months in Western Australia as an exchange student. I also spent many summers visiting my family and grandparents in Prague and Czech Republic. After completing secondary education I began studying Physics, Astronomy and Photography in my hometown. I obtained a diploma in applied Photography at the Photo-Akademie in Graz. At the age of 22 I left Austria in order to learn Spanish in Granada, Spain, where I came in touch with Anthropology at the local University. In 2003 I enrolled at the University of Vienna beginning my studies of Cultural and Social Anthropology.
Following my first year of studies I travelled for two years by car across south-eastern Europe (Croatia, Albania, Greece, Turkey) the near East (Syria, Jordan), the Kaukasus (Georgia and Azerbaijan) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and finally Iran). Spending six months in the southern port town of Mersin Turkey teaching German and English lessons as well as learning Turkish completed this remarkable experience.
Upon my return to Austria I finished my studies at the U of Vienna, passing with distinction in 2011. After a break from academia, working at an Arabic media company and an Austrian international development policy NGO, I am now in the first year of my doctoral studies of Anthropology. My academic interests lie in Arctic Studies, Visual Anthropology, Central Asian Studies, Economic and Political Anthropology and Human interaction with natural resources. I am currently collaborating on the ReSDA research project “LACE – Labour Mobility and Community Participation in the extractive industries: case studies in the Canadian North”. I am a member of the Arctic and Subarctic Working Group Vienna (AAS) as well as APECS Austria. My PhD work focuses on small communities in Yukon Territory (Mayo and Pelly Crossing).
I came across the Arctic and Canada while working on my thesis titled: “Subsistence – An anthropological subject analysis”. Now, I’m looking forward to three years of extensive research in the region and getting to know the people and lands really well.
Phd Candidate at the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria. See Susanna’s C.V. here.
2014 Subsistenz: Eine Anthropologische Begriffsanalyse. AV Akademiker Verlag. ISBN-13: 978-3639488906
2013 Urban Subsistence. Article in ‘Contraste’ – Journal for Autonomous Organization.
University of Vienna