Dr Christian Giordano

Published: 7 Oct 2016


Dr Christian Giordano is an anthropologist and sociologist, who has been Professor of Ethnology and Social Anthropology and Head of the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland since 1989. Giordano studied anthropology, art history and Romance languages at the University of Heidelberg, as well as law and economics at the University of Bern. He obtained his PhD in sociology from Heidelberg University in 1973, habilitation in cultural anthropology and European ethnology from Frankfurt University in 1987 and doctor honoris causa from theUniversity of Timişoara West University of Timișoara in 1999.

Giordano is co-founder of Anthropological Journal on European Cultures and he is chief editor of Freiburg Studies in Social Anthropology and part of the editorial board of the journals Ethnologia Balkanica, Focaal, Etudes Rurales, Eastern European Countryside, Freiburger Sozialanthropologische Studien (Lit Verlag), Europeanist Studies in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology (Lit Verlag), Culture and Society: Journal for Social Research, Urbanities (Ashgate, Farnham). His publications have been published in the following languages: German, French, Italian, English, Spanish, Polish, Croatian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Lithuanian, Serbian, Macedonian, Russian.

His main research interests are political anthropology, economic anthropology, historical anthropology, and he has done field research in mediterranean societies (1966-1986), Poland and Paraguay (1986-1989), Bulgaria and Romania (1989-2007), and Malaysia (1996-2011).