Prof. Dr. Wulf Schievenhövel

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Degrees

  • Humanistic Section, Städtisches Gymnasium Siegen 1954-63
  • Study of medicine in Munich and Erlangen 1963-1969
  • 'Medizinisches Staatsexamen', University of Erlangen, 1970
  • 'Dr. med.', University of Erlangen, 1970
  • 'Habilitation' for Medical Psychology and Ethnomedicine and 'Venia legendi' ('Privatdozent') 1984, University of Munich, resp. Cultural Ministry of Bavaria
  • Professor, University of Munich, 1991-

Fellowships and Awards

  • Erasmus-Sarcerius-Medal, Gymnasium Siegen 1963
  • Member, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes 1963-70
  • Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Berlin 1988-89
  • Member, Research Group "Biological Foundations of Culture", Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, University Bielefeld 1991-92
  • Award "Science Book of the Year 1995" for the three volumes: "Der Mensch in seiner Welt", ed. by W. Schiefenhoevel, Ch. Vogel, G. Vollmer and U. Opolka
  • Fellow, Collegium Budapest 1995/96

Grants

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • Stiftung Volkswagenwerk
  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
  • Werner-Reimers-Stiftung
  • Chang Ching-kuo Foundation
  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program)
  • European Union
  • STERN Magazine
  • Private Sponsors

Professional Experience, Appointments, Boardmemberships in Institutions

  • Work as medical doctor in hospitals and private practice 1970-72 as well as during all fieldstays in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia (vide below)
  • Research assistant at the Institute for the History of Medicine and Medical Sociology (Head: Prof. Dr. M. Schmid), Technical University of Munich, 1972-74
  • Member, coordinating committee, priority programme of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft "Man, Culture and Environment in the Central Highlands of Irian Jaya, Indonesia", 1973-1980
  • Fielddirector of this programme, 1974-76
  • President Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ethnomedizin, 1975-1986
  • Research Associate and Senior Scientist, Research Institute for Human Ethology, Max-Planck-Society, 1977-1996
  • Head, Human Ethology Group, Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology 2002-
  • Elected member, Biological-Medical Section of the Max-Planck- Gesellschaft, 1978-84
  • Lecturer in Human Ethology, Zoological Institute, University of Munich, 1978-86
  • Lecturer in Medical Psychology and Ethnomedicine, Institute for Medical Psychology, University of Munich, 1979-
  • Head, German Subcommittee of the International Commission on the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, 1980-
  • Guestprofessor (Human Ethology, Biopsychology), Psychological Institute, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 1982
  • Fielddirector of the interdisciplinary research project "Ritual Communication" on the Trobriand Islands, 1982-
  • Guestprofessor (Human Ethology, Ethnomedicine, Semiotics), Victoria University (Prof. Dr. P. Bouissac), Toronto, Canada 1984 and 1987
  • External Member, Department for Human Ethology/Chronobiology, Institute for Anthropology, Humboldt-University (Charité), Berlin, 1989-2005
  • Guestprofessor for Human Ethology, University of Innsbruck (Austria),1990-
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the UNESCO-Symposium "L'alimentation en forêt tropicale: Interactions bioculturelles et application au développement", Paris, 1991
  • Board member Gesellschaft für Anthropologie (GfA), 1992-96, 2000-2005
  • Vice President, Gesellschaft für Anthropologie (GfA) 2005-
  • Speaker, Work-Group on Human Ethology of GfA, 1992 -
  • Member, Consulting Committee of "Deutsches Hygiene Museum", Dresden, 1992-2000
  • Member, Scientific Board of "Werner Reimers Stiftung", Bad Homburg, 1992-
  • Board member, journal "Homo", 1994-2005
  • Honorary Member, Commission for Anthropology, Romanian Academy of Science, Bucharest, 1994 -
  • Member, Scientific Board of "Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung " (ZIF), University of Bielefeld, 1994-
  • Member, Scientific Board, Research Institute Senckenberg, Frankfurt, 1994 -
  • Member, Counseil Scientifique "Avenir des Peuples des Forêt Tropicales",
    Programme Europén C.E. - DG VIII, CNRS, Paris, 1995 -2000
  • Guestprofessor (Anthropology of Food and Nutrition & Evolutionary Biology), Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, 1995-2005
  • Chairman, Foundation for German- Hungarian Scientific and Cultural Exchange, Budapest, 1996-
  • Founding Member, Centre for Human Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians- Universität, Munich, 1997-
  • Guestprofessor (Human Ethology) University of Groningen 1997-

Membership in Scientific Boards of Journals

  • Co-Founder and boardmember of curare, Journal for Ethnomedicine and Transcultural Psychiatry
  • Co-Editor of the Series "Mensch, Kultur und Umwelt im zentralen Hochland von West-Neuguinea" ('Man, Culture and Environment in the Central Highlands of West-New Guinea'), Priority Programme, German Research Society
  • Co-Editor, Radio-College and Book-Series "Der Mensch - Anthropologie heute" ('Humans - Anthropology Today'), 1992-93
  • Member, Editorial Board, "Illustrated History of Humankind", 5 volumes, Weldon Owen, Sydney & Bra Böcker, Höganäs, Sweden; also US, French, German and other editions, 1993-94
  • Member, Scientific Board of the journal "Sexuology", Academy of Sexual Medicine
  • Coeditor (together with J. Schuler) of the book series "Am Zügel der Evolution", Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, Berlin

Field Stays (anthropology, ethnomedicine, human ethology)

  • Gulf Province, Central Province and Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea 12/1965-9/1966
  • Central and Western Province, Papua New Guinea 5/1970-2/1971
  • Daerah Jayawijaya, Irian Jaya (West-New Guinea), Indonesia 5/1974- 6/1976
  • Birds Head Peninsula, Irian Jaya, Indonesia 7/1976
  • Bali, Indonesia and Daerah Jayawijaya 9-10/1978
  • Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea 7-8/1979
  • Daerah Jayawijaya 3-5/1980 and 10-11/1981
  • Trobriand Islands, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea 7-9/1982, 7-9/1983, 8-9/1984, 6/1985
  • Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea 7/1985
  • East Java and Bali, Indonesia 11-12/1986
  • Trobriand Islands 10-12/1987, 6-8/1990
  • Northern Territories, Pakistan 9/1990
  • Trobriand Islands 5-7/1992
  • Trobriand Islands 7-9/1994
  • Trobriand Islands 9-10/1995
  • Hualien, Taiwan, 10/1995
  • Moluccas, Indonesia 11/1995
  • Moluccas and Kalimantan 1996
  • Moluccas 1997
  • Trobriand Islands 10/1997
  • Java 11/1997
  • Trobriand Islands 11-12/1998, 9-11/1999
  • Java 1-2/2000
  • Trobriand Islands 4-5/2000, 8-9/2001
  • Samoa 7/2002

Reviewer for

  • Curare, Vieweg Verlag, Braunschweig/Wiesbaden
  • Current Anthropology, University of Chicago Press
  • Ethology and Sociobiology, Elsevier, New York
  • Homo, G. Fischer Verlag, Stuttgart/Jena/New York
  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
  • Cusanus-Werk
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • Fulbright Commission
  • Guggenheim Foundation
  • Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin
  • Lembaga Pengetahuan Indonesia
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen
  • Maudsley Hospital, London
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
  • Ochanomizu Universität Tokyo
  • Philosophische Fakultät der TU Berlin
  • LMU München
  • Universität Kiel
  • FU Berlin
  • University Bucharest
  • Stiftung Volkswagenwerk
  • Studentenwerk Villigst
  • Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
  • University Montreal
  • Universitaet Salzburg
  • Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

Conferences organized or coorganized

  • International ethnomedical conferences, Munich 1973, Göttingen 1978, Freiburg 1980, Erlangen 1982
  • International Mek (Highlands of West-New Guinea) conferences, Berlin 1979, Seewiesen 1984 and 1990
  • International conference of 'The international commission on the anthropology of food and nutrition" (ICAF), Bad Homburg 1984
  • International human ethology conference, Tutzing 1986
  • International conference on facial expression, Schloß Ringberg 1988
  • International ICAF conference "Food and the Status Quest", Schloß Ringberg 1991
  • International conference on "Human Indoctrinability", Schloß Ringberg 1995
  • Workshop, Section Human Ethology, Anthropological Society,
    Forschungsstelle für Humanethologie, Andechs 1995
  • Symposium "Risky Transactions, Kinship and Ethnicity" (together with Frank Salter), Werner Reimers Stiftung, Bad Homburg, Germany, 1996
  • Symposium "Neue Wege in der Behandlung Frühgeborener - Neonatologie im Spannungsfeld zwischen Medizin, Evolutionsbiologie, Psychologie und Ethik", Werner Reimers Stiftung, Bad Homburg, Germany, 1996
  • Section Human Ethology, Anthropological Society, 3rd intern. congress, Univ. Goettingen, 1998 (together with K. Christiansen)
  • Workshop, Section Human Ethology, GfA, MPIV, Andechs 1999
  • 13th intern. ICAF conference "Crossing Borders-East and West", Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania (together with C. Strungaru), 1999
  • Symposia "Universals" Hanse-Wissenschafts-Kolleg, Delmenhorst and MPI Andechs, together with G. Roth and H. Opolka, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Section Human Ethology, GfA, 4th intern. congress, Univ. Potsdam, 2000
  • Postpartum Dsyphoria and Depression. Anthropological Ethnopsychiatric and Evolutionary Dimension, Werner Reimers Stiftung, Bad Homburg (together with G. Dammann), 2000
  • "The Social Brain. Evolution and Pathology", Dept. for Psychiatry, Univ. Bochum (together with M. Bruence), 2000
  • 16th intern. ICAF conference "Fluid Bread. Images and Usages of Beer in Crosscultural Perspective", MPI Seewiesen, 2001
  • Anthropology Symposium, GfA, MPI Seewiesen (together with Priv. Doz. Dr. Kathleen Wermke, Humboldt Univ. Berlin), 2002
  • International conference "Grandmothers. The psychological, social and reproductive significance of the second half of life" (together with Eckart Voland, Athanasios Chasiotis, Gerhard Roth and Uwe Opolka), Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst, 2002
  • "Human birth - Evolutionary, medical and Sociocultural Dimensions" (together with Etsuko Matsuoka). Session during Inter-Congress 2002. International Association of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), Tokyo
  • Talk by Dr. Willie Smits, Jakarta/Balikpapan. "Orang-Utans in Gefahr. Das Auswilderungsprogramm des Wanariset Centre, neue Waldbrände und andere Bedrohungen der Natur in Indonesien" (in cooperation with Balikpapan Orang Utan Survival Foundation Deutschland). Institute for Zoology, University of Munich
  • Symposium 'The Munich Postpartum study. First results and further considerations' (together with G. Damman und H. Hepp). Clinic and Polyclinic for gynaecology and obstetrics. Clinic of Großhadern, University of Munich. 2002
  • Conference "Human behaviour in evolutionary perspective (MVE)", Seewiesen 2003
  • Summer School "Human Ethology", Universities Debrecen, Prague and Poznan (together with Dr. Frank Salter) 2003
  • Symposium "Konrad Lorenz, 100 de ani de la nastere", University of Bucharest (together with Dr. Carmen Strungaru, Prof. Dr. Mircea Flonta and Prof. Dr. Rainer Schubert of the Austrian Embassy) 2003
  • Symposium "Zum 100. Geburtstag von Konrad Lorenz", University of Munich and Zoologische Staatssammlung Muenchen (together with Ursula Henziger and Dr. Gerhard Medicus) 2003
  • further national conferences

Foci of Research

  • human ethology
  • social anthropology of Papuan and Austronesian cultures; ethnomedicine and evolutionary medicine
  • human ethological and anthropological filmdocumentation

Languages

  • German, English;
  • French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish;
  • Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin, Bahasa Indonesia, Eipo, Kilivila;
  • Latin, ancient Greek
 
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