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Social Program

Getting to know new people usually happens between or after sessions, but it leads to some of the most interesting conversations and best memories. In this spirit we, the Student Organizing Committee, offer a broader social activity program than is usual at academic conferences.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner of CHAGS XI will be taking place at the Vienna City Hall on Thursday, September 10, 7.30 p.m. We offer a rich (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) buffet dinner, and piano live music by the Viennese composer and pianist Bernhard Krisper, as well as a typical Viennese folk music interlude by a 'Schrammel' quartet.

September 10th, 7.30 pm
Vienna City Hall (Knights' Hall)
40 EUR per person (payment online)
Registration required

Fieldwork Slam

The fieldwork slam is inspired by the poetry slam. It is a competition where researchers share stories from their fieldwork with the audience, which then votes on the best performance. The slam is as much about entertainment as it is about the actual anecdotes. It is hosted by two MCs: Peter Schweitzer and Gertrude Saxinger, both staff members of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Vienna University.

September 8th, 7.30 pm
Volkskunde Museum Wien
3 Euro (payment onsite)
Registration required

Experiencing "Wiener Heurigen"

Enjoying a good glass of wine at a restaurant beside Vienna's wonderful vineyards is probably the best thing to do after a successful day at the CHAGS conference. We rented a CHAGS-Tram to take you from the campus to the restaurant.

Heurigen Restaurant Pötzleinsdorf
September 9th, 7.10pm at our campus meeting point.
Registration required

Alternative City Tours

Off the beaten track, we want to show you our Vienna. Based on our personal experiences, combined with knowledge acquired throughout our studies, we give you tours of Jewish Vienna, urban art and lifestyle, and the city's green spaces.

2x "Vienna's Green Lungs"
September 8th, 3.30-5.00 pm
September 9th, 3.30-5.00pm
Registration required

2x "Jewish Vienna"
September 10th, 3.30-5.00 pm
September 11th, 11.00am-12.30pm
Registration required


Although the Weltmuseum Wien is closed because of its renovation, its archives will be opened for CHAGS participants. Visitors can see the collections of the Austrian scholars Paul Schebesta (Bambuti, Semang, Senoi) and Martin Gusinde (Yamana, Selk'nam, Alacaluf). Due to the lack of space, the number of participants is limited to 40 people.

September 9th, 1.30-3 pm
September 11th, 1.30-3 pm
Weltmuseum Wien

Registration required


Attending a conference usually means organizing childcare for the little ones. We say: Just take your children with you! The CHAGS conference offers daily child care for kids from 6 to 14 years of age. Skilled circus teachers will show them how to juggle, ride a unicycle, try some acrobatics or simply have fun playing with other kids from all over the world.

September 8th-11th, 9 am-5 pm
Universität Wien Campus

For registration and further information please contact the Student Organizing Committee: soc.chags11@univie.ac.at
We appologize that registrations afer the 23. of August cannot be considered.

Information on Childcare as PDF.

Film Group and Ethnocineca Movie Nights

The film crew provides the teaser/trailer, a welcome video and the documentation of the most important moments of the conference. Please find relevant updates on the conference homepage. Thanks to a cooperation with Ethnocineca - ethnographic and documentary film festival Vienna (Ethnocineca) - you will also get the chance to see four films on conference related topics. Come and discuss with us!

Synopsis of the films

September 8th, 9th, 10th: 5.15pm-6.45 pm, Room C1
September 11th: 1.30pm-3pm, Room C1
No registration required

Tales from the Field

Everything you ever wanted to know about fieldwork but didn't have anyone to ask. This event is a question and answer session about the tips, tricks and pitfalls of fieldwork and predominantly targeted at an audience of students visiting the conference. After input from researchers about their fieldwork experiences, students are invited to ask questions in an informal setting.

September 8th, 11 am-12.30 pm
September 10th, 11 am-3 pm
HS 1, Slawistik, courtyard 3

No registration required


To test your knowledge, get inspired, or just relax, we are pleased to present you our entertaining, interdisciplinary CHAGS Quiz. You will find it in the conference booklet

No registration required

Völkerball (Dodgeball; literally "Peoplesball")

If we move our brains, we also need to move our bodies! Participants from different academic disciplines and the organizers will compete against each other in the conference courtyard. The exact rules will be explained at the beginning. Let's have some fun and do some sports!

September 11th, 11pm-12.30 pm
Courtyard 2, Campus

No registration required

Closing Party

The party group will make sure that we can celebrate after the conference, get in touch with one another, and dance! We will offer live music and drinks. Line up: world music by 'Ost in Translation' (AUT/ROU/POL/GRC/KOR); electroswing and more by 'DJ Milleniumhippie' (AUT).

September 11th, 9 pm
Courtyard 2, Campus

No registration required


  • World Museum Vienna
  • Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna
  • Anthropological Society Vienna
  • University of Vienna
  • International Society for Hunter Gatherer Research (ISHGR)
  • Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften


  • Gradwohl
  • Teekanne
  • Zuckerlwerkstatt
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