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Marion Wettstein is a social and cultural anthropologist and comparativ religion scientist with a regional research focus on Nepal, Northeast India, the extended Eastern Himalaya and their relation to Europe. Her thematic interests include the anthropology of religion, ritual studies, mythology, oral traditions and their scripturalisation, the anthropology of dance, theatre, and performance, visual anthropology, museum anthropology, material culture and craft, fashion theory, the relation of science and art, identity processes, embodiment, transfer of knowledge, gender and sexuality studies, trans-local relations, and diaspora dynamics. She was born in 1974, is married to Alban von Stockhausen, and has two children.



1993-2001 Studies in Social and cultural anthropology, musical anthropology and media science at the University of Zürich

2001 MA-thesis, supervisor Prof. Dr. Michael Oppitz (“Lebende Tote: Zombies und Vampire im Kulturvergleich” / “The living dead: Zombies and vampires in cross-cultural perspective”)

2011 Doctoral thesis at the university of Zurich, supervisor Prof. Dr. Michael Oppitz, second supervisor Prof. Dr. Toni Huber, Humboldt University Berlin (“Naga Textiles: Design, Technique, Meaning and Agency of a Local Craft Tradition in Northeast India”)


Academic Career

2002-2008: Student advisory service for anthropology at the University of Zürich

2002-2006: Scientific assistant of Prof. Dr. Michael Oppitz, University of Zürich

2007- 2008: Scientific staff of the Ethnographic Museum, University of Zürich

2006-2010: Scientific staff in the research project “Oral Traditions, Material Culture and Identity among the Naga of Northeast India”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), headed by Prof. Dr. Michael Oppitz, Ethnographic Museum, University of Zürich

2011-2015: Postdoc project “Ritual, Space, Mimesis: Performative Traditions and Ethnic Identity among the Rai of eastern Nepal” funded by the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF), headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Gaenszle. Sub-project leader of “Ritual and Mimesis: Identity based on Dance”, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna

2015-2016: Lecturer at the universities of Bern and Zürich (social anthropology and science of religion)

Since 2017: Postdoc assistant at the Institute for the Science of Religion and Central Asian Studies, University of Bern


Field Research

1994: Short field visit in Haiti (traditional healing / voodoo)

1998: Field stay in Great Britain (intercultural theatre)

2002: Field stay in Burkina Faso (sign systems / textile patterns)

since 2003: Regular field stays in Nepal (dance, ritual, mythology / Kirat studies)

2010-2012: Field research among the Rai of Eastern Nepal (ritual lay dance and identity processes)

since 2003-2014: Regular field stays in Northeast India/Nagaland (material culture, oral traditions / identity processes / Naga textiles)


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