Universität Wien (Vienna, Austria) 


Alexandra Schwell

Assistant professor
Department of European Ethnology

Dr Alexandra Schwell is currently assistant professor at the department of European Ethnology at the University of Vienna. She obtained her PhD in Comparative Cultural and Social Anthropology from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) located on the German-Polish border. Over the last years she has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Poland, Germany and Austria in various settings, like squats, anarchist meeting points, with expellees, border guards, in state bureaucracies. Her recent research focuses on issues of identity and othering, constructions of Self and Other in times of crisis, and the perceptive East-West asymmetry. Alexandra has received several grants and scholarships, including the PhD grant ‘Europe Fellows 2’ by the German Ministry of Research (2003-2006), and a PostDoc stipend by the Fritz Thyssen foundation (2008). She is a member of the Europeanist Network in the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Volkskunde (DGV).

In the FREE project, Alexandra leads the research strand on Football Anthropology and has played a key role in identifying the most appro-priate methodological approaches for the anthro-polical field work. She will be responsible for the organisation of a workshop to be held in October 2013 in Vienna. 




« Football is all about drama and excitement, emotions and commitment. As somebody said, it is not just a game, but a way of life. This is why you

should always expect an anthropologist around the corner... »


Nina Szogs

PhD Researcher
Department of European Ethnology

Nina Szogs studied European Ethnology, Conflict Studies and Russian Philology at Marburg University and Giessen University, graduating in 2010. While there, she took a semester to study in Kazan, Russia. After graduation, she worked for an international human rights organisation in Berlin. In Winter 2011/2012, as a result of her research for her master’s thesis, she conducted a course referring to the working situation of migrants in Germany at the Department of European Ethnology/Cultural Studies in Marburg. Nina has now started her Ph.D. research at Vienna University, which will be part of the FREE project.

Her doctoral thesis will focus on fan identities and migration. Since migration has been a neglected research area in the field of football fan culture, Nina seeks to draw conclusions about the way identification processes work during and after migration. In her research she scrutinizes the transformation of fan culture after supporters have left the place where the support of a football club was initially experienced and performed. Thereby, she aims at understanding the consequences of an increasing mobility in Europe, the ties of transnational fan networks and the (re)negotiation of conflicts that evolve from the new social and geographical setting, e.g. technical issues, lack of community, club rivalries. Furthermore, her research looks into the impact that exclusion and inclusion patterns within and outside fan cultures have on everyday lives of migrant football fans and their perception of participation. At the current stage of her research, Nina focuses on the supporter culture of SüperLig fans in Vienna.

Nina’s research draws upon ethnographic fieldwork, which includes participant observations in stadia, pubs and in any place where football is of importance and discussed, plus qualitative interviews with football fans, stakeholders and experts.

« Football is an important part of life for many people. As Cultural Anthropologists claim to be the experts of everyday life, this project is a great opportunity to research the cultural phenomena football from an anthropologist´s view. »



Paul Stöttinger

Research Assistant
Department of European Ethnology

Paul Stöttinger is currently studying European Ethnology in Vienna. He has been working as a teaching assistant at the Department for European Ethnology at the University of Vienna. In 2012 he received his bachelor‘s degree and is currently working towards a masters’s degree. In 2011-2012 he was employed as an assistant at the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art. Since October 2012 he has been employed as a research assistant for the FREE project. His research interests include cultural theory, science studies, ethnographic methods, and of course, football.














Simona Domazetoska

Research Assistant
Department of European Ethnology

Simona Domazetoska graduated with a Bachelors (Honours) degree in English Literature and German studies from the University of Western Australia in 2012. Since then, she relocated to Vienna to complete a Master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (CREOLE Programme). Due to her passion for English language and grammar, Simona worked as an English language teacher at Curtin University in Western Australia. She has also volunteered for the Academic Council on the United Nations System in Vienna where she co-edited a publication on Femicide. Her research interests are broad, including gender theory, women's rights, political anthropology, economic anthropology and entrepreneurship development.








Universität Wien
Vienna, Austria

The University of Vienna was founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365. It is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest in Central Europe. Currently, about 86 000 students are enrolled at the University of Vienna. 179 courses can be taken, of which 54 are Bachelor Programmes, 112 Master Programmes, 5 Diploma Programmes and 8 PhD Programmes. With staff of 8,900 employees, 6,700 of whom are academic, the University of Vienna is the largest teaching and research institution in Austria. It aims to sustain a wide range of studies, but at the same time to promote new and innovative fields of research, and to establish new networks between subjects.