Sanderien Verstappen


directs the Vienna Visual Anthropology Lab. She is assistant professor in anthropology with tenure track focusing on visual anthropology at the University of Vienna. She teaches specialized courses in visual and multimodal ethnography as well as general anthropology courses in Bachelor and Master programmes. For more information, see her website:




Viktoria Paar


coordinates the Vienna Visual Anthropology Lab and is responsible for the daily management of the Lab and the communication with the students. She specialized in Visual Anthropology and documentary films and is mainly concerned with Sensory Ethnography, as well as with ritual, affectivity and atmosphere research. Beside that she is a video producer of many local civil projects in Vienna.


Suzana Jovicic


collaborates with the Vienna Visual Anthropology Lab in the context of the interdisciplinary project We:Design ( ) which aims to involve youths in participatory visual practices and digital design processes. She is specialised in digital, design and psychological anthropology as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaches at the University of Vienna.



Christoph Fink


is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Vienna Visual Anthropology Lab. In his research, Christoph asks how urban activists choose which roles to perform in media and in public, and whether some roles give them an advantage in gaining impact on the political discourse offline and online. He draws on visual anthropology methods in analysis, in theory-building, and in public outreach.


Werner Zips


Is a.o. university professor of anthropology and a filmmaker at the University of Vienna. He teaches courses in anthropology of law, environmental anthropology, and Caribbean and African studies, and has stimulated generations of anthropology students to learn about filmmaking. Since 1993 he has made more than 50 films, many of which have been screened at prime time on the Austrian public television channel ORF.




Helen Vaaks



Helen Vaaks collaborates with the Vienna Visual Anthropology Lab as part of the project "Women on the Move", about cycling advocacy among women. She is an audio-visual anthropologist with focus on human-environment interactions, community involvement, migration, and education.