Dr. Almut Schneider

Academic Staff

almut.schneider (at) em.uni-frankfurt.de

Thematic and regional research foci

Human-environment and human-animal relations, concepts of person and land, Value- und idea-systems, Theories of ritual and exchange, Kinship and new kinship, Pacific (in particular Melanesia), Austronesian region, Europe (in particular the alpine region)


2011 PhD Thesis (Social Anthropology) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris (« Life that comes from elsewhere; Growth, exchanges and rituals in the Papua-New Guinea Highlands »)
1997 MPhil (Social Anthropology) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris
1996 MA (Social Anthropology, Ancient History, Philosophy) at the FU Berlin

Current Project

'Naturally' relating to land. Mountain farming in the Alps – an ethnographic study, PI Prof. Elisabeth Tauber; Finanziert von der Freien Universität Bozen, Italien; Laufzeit 2019-2022


2013–2016 Senior lecturer, Institute for Ethnology, Münster University
2011–2013 Lecturer, Institute for Ethnology, Heidelberg University
Since 2001 Teaching at Free University Berlin, Münster University, Heidelberg University, Free University Bolzano


2012–2016 and 2019-2022

Fieldwork with high-altitude farmers in South-Tyrol (Italy)


Papua New Guinea (Highland and Massim region; 2 months)


Papua New Guinea (in collaboration with M.Strathern), comparative research in Kuk and Tambul (2 months)


Fieldwork in Highland Papua New Guinea (Tambul; 18 months)


Papua New Guinea (pilot research in the Highland region; 3 months)




Land's constraints and possibilities – High-altitude farmers in the Eastern Alps, in: CAFE - Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment, Special Issue: Rural livelihood strategies and public policy in Europe: the issue of self-sufficiency; Guest editors:  Escribano, Paula and Agata Hummel.


Die da oben und die da unten. Verständnisschwierigkeiten in einer europäischen Bergregion. In: Hardenberg, Roland; Platenkamp, Josephus, Widlok, Thomas (Hg.), Ethnologie als angewandte Wissenschaft – Das Zusammenspiel von Theorie und Praxis, Berlin: Reimer (33-44).


with E. Tauber, Beziehungsgeflechte – ethnologische und historische Perspektiven auf Südtiroler Bergbauern, in Zeitschrift für Agrargeschichte und Agrarsoziologie 68. (1): 105-111.

with E. Tauber, Relations to land in the Eastern Alps The challenge of framing comparative questions, in: Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa 2019(2): 265-271.

“Placing the newcomer – staying with the Gawigl of Highland Papua New Guinea", in: Platenkamp, Jos and Almut Schneider (eds.) Integrating Others – Perspectives from Elsewhere, Palgrave Macmillan (185-198).

“Parler des 'raisons' dans la société Gawigl", in: Gibeault, David and Stéphane Vibert (eds.) Autorité et pouvoir en perspective comparative, Textes en hommage à Daniel de Coppet, Paris: Presses de l'Inalco.

“ 'Making the Spirit' - The Potential of Knowledge from Elsewhere" in: Prager, Laila; Michael Prager und Guido Sprenger (Hg.), Parts and Wholes – Essays on Social Morphology, Cosmology, and Exchange in Honour of J.D.M. Platenkamp, Münster: Lit. (413-421).

with M. Strathern, “Obligations in Relationships, A Western Highlands Case Study", Publications of the National Research Institute, Occasional paper No. 3,: Port Moresby.

“L'amour est-il un concept pertinent dans les Hautes-Terres de la Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée?" Online-publication on the website of the Réseau Asie (4e Congrès) http://www.reseau-asie.com/userfiles/file/E06_schneider_amour_papouasienvleguinee.pdf

“The Distinction of Sex and Generation in Gawigl Relationship Terminology", in: Berger, Peter, Roland Hardenberg, Ellen Kattner und Michael Prager (eds.) The Anthropology of Values: Essays in Honour of Georg Pfeffer, New Delhi: Pearson-Longman (59-76).

“Aspects de l'espace-temps dans un rituel des Gawigl (Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée)", Online-publication on the website of the Réseau Asie (3e Congrès) http://www.firsturl.de/sGhe7yL


In Vorbereitung

with E. Tauber, Alpine Ethnographies: Experiences, new questions and challenges, bu.press, Bolzano


with J. Platenkamp (eds.), Integrating Others – Perspectives from Elsewhere, Palgrave Macmillan.



La vie qui vient de loin; croissance, échanges et rituel dans les Hautes Terres de la Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, Berlin : Lit (in the series Social and Ritual Morphology) (332 pages).


1997 Le 'cycle cultural' du moka, une société qui 'plante' afin de danser: Les Melpa dans les Hautes Terres de la Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée. MPhil. (90 pages).



with E. Tauber, Salto Gespräch “Die Pandemie als Katalysator"; in: Salto.bz, https://www.salto.bz/de/article/24042020/tauber-schneider-coronavirus


Book review: Smith, Michael French: A Faraway, Familiar Place. An Anthropologist returns to Papua New Guinea. Honolulu: University of Hawai'I Press 2013. In: Anthropos 110 (2): 658-9.

Papous, Texte zum Bildband von Eric Lafforgue, Paris: Kubik (160 Seiten, french).