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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Anna Heitger

Doctoral Researcher
Developing an ethnographic approach to future eating practices
  • the cultural and social implications of technological design practices, AI
  • practice theory, more-than-human practices, affect, materiality, sensory ethnography
  • ethnography at the intersection of anthropology and STS
  • feminist and decolonial theory/practice


"I’m excited to be part of the IRI THESys and to do research within an interdisciplinary space that allows me to further develop ethnographic and analytic skills as well as theoretical approaches to conceptualizing the anthropocenic reality of our times in which things, non-human and human as well, appear to us in an ever more complex entanglement that calls for transdisciplinary thought and research practices. I am grateful for my research of future eating practices, conceived as a more-than-human practice, to be part of IRI THESys." Anna Heitger

Anna Heitger is a doctoral researcher at IRI THESys in the BMBF funded project Food4Future. She studied Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna (BA and MA) and worked for two years as a teaching assistant. In her Master’s thesis, she investigated the relations between practices of self-tracking technologies and practices of technological designing at the intersection of anthropology and STS from a practice theory approach that employs feminist and posthumanist lines of analysis.

Anna's research at IRI THESys for the Project Food4Future investigates future eating practices as more-than-human practice, aiming at generating an ethnography of eating practices that is both anticipatory yet at the same time critical of the anticipatory logic that constitutes the grounds for such an investigation.

Anna is part of IRI THESys since October 2019. 

Selected Publications 

Heitger, Anna. 2017. Chicana-Feminismus und die Dekolonisierung der Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, in: Austrian Studies in Social Anthropology, Journal 2/2017. URL: http://www.univie.ac.at/alumni.ksa/index.php/journale-2017/chicanafeminismus.html

Heitger, Anna. 2018. On Self-Tracking as Surveillance Practice, in On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture 6. URL: http://geb.uni-giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2018/13906/