Michael Anranter, M.A. M.A.

Michael Anranter is a PhD student at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. He holds a master's degree in political science as well as in cultural and social anthropology. His research focuses on infrastructure, transformation processes, identities, and participative and visual research techniques. In his dissertation he investigates the entanglements between road and bridge construction and residents of a small town in northern Bulgaria.
Before joining the Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology, Michael Anranter worked as a research assistant in the projects SPACES (www.spacesproject.net) and DANUrB (www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/danurb). Both projects were concerned with recent challenges of the former socialist countries in Eastern Europe.

Research interests:

  • Anthropology of Infrastructure and Built Environment
  • Identities
  • Post-socialism and EU
  • Visual anthropology


Selected publications:

  • Anranter, Michael; Dumreicher, Heidi; Kolb Bettina; 2018. Seasoned Tales – Cultural Heritage Moments along the Danube River. 5th International Academic Conference; Places and Technologies. Technical University of Belgrade.
  • Anranter, Michael; 2016. Place-making Tactics or Strategies? A Case Study on Governmental Strategies in Urban Restructuring Processes and the Effective Challenge of Asylum Seekers’ Trying to Find a Place and Way of Place-making in Bolzano. In: Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Vol. 8(1), CG Publisher.
  • Kolb, Bettina; Dumreicher, Heidi; Levine, Richard S.; Anranter, Michael; 2015. Exploring Spaces of Possibilities for Arts, Culture, Public Space, and Civil Society. In: The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts 10(3), ISSN 2326-9960