Alban von Stockhausen lives together with his wife, the anthropologist Marion Wettstein and their two children in Heidelberg, Germany.


  • 2013 – 2014
    Academic Expert (AE) “Image Science” (Courses “Exhibition Development” and “Digital Collection Management”).
    Department for Arts and Image Science, Danube University Krems, Austria.
  • 2007-2011, 2014
    Dr. phil in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Dissertation thesis title: Imag(in)ing the Nagas: The Pictorial Ethnography of Hans-Eberhard Kauffmann and Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Michael Oppitz, Berlin and Prof. Dr. Annegret Nippa, Leipzig. Completed (summa cum laude) in November 2011. Published in 2014. More information…
  • 2007
    Licentiatus Philosophiae (Master of Arts), University of Zürich.
  • 1999-2007
    Studies of Cultural Anthropology, Comparative Science of Religions and Eastern Asian History of Art at the University of Zürich.
  • 1989-1997
    Secondary education at Georg-Büchner-Gymnasium, Winnenden (Germany) and Sutton Park School, Dublin (Ireland). Leaving Certificate of the Dep. of Education, Ireland.

Selected Exhibitions / Research Projects / Work Experiences

  • Since April 2015
    Archive Consultant at CIRDIS (Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History)/Himalayan Archive Vienna. University of Vienna, Austria.
  • Since 2016
    Editorial Board Member, Academic Journal “SHAMAN”, Molnár & Kelemen Oriental Publishers, ISSN 1216-7827.
  • Since 2015
    Scientific committee member, ISARS (International Society for Academic Research on Shamanism).
  • Oct. 2011 – Sept. 2016
    PostDoctoral Researcher / Sub-Project Leader of the three-year research project “Ritual, Space, Mimesis among the Rai of Eastern Nepal” lead by Prof. Dr. Martin Gaenszle. Financed by the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF), based at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies of the University of Vienna. Affiliated with the Center for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS) of Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. More information…
  • Sept. 2013, Sept. 2014
    Short research visits to (Southern) China in preparation of future research projects.
  • Oct. 2010 – Nov. 2012
    Long term field research in Nepal focussed on the relations between ritual and landscape among the Dumi Rai of Eastern Nepal. Affiliated with the Center for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS) of Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu.
  • August 2012
    Curator of the exhibition ‘Postcards and Beyond: The Mukunda Bahadur Shrestha Photo Collection’. In cooperation with Nepal (Nepal Picture Library) and Siddharta Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal. More…
  • 2002-2009, 2012, 2013
    Co-curator of the exhibition ‘Naga: Schmuck und Asche’ (engl. ‘Naga: Beads and Ashes’), a project on the Naga of Northeast India at the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zürich (VMZ), Switzerland, in cooperation with the Museum of Ethnology (new: Weltmuseum) Vienna, Austria. (Zürich 7. Jun 2008 – 9. Sept 2009. More… Feb-July 2012, Shown in an adapted version at the Museum of Ethnology (new: Weltmuseum), Vienna. More… April 26. 2013 – September 16, 2013, Shown in an adapted version under the title ‘Fiercely Modern: Art of the Naga Warrior’ at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York.
  • 2006-2010
    Scientific Staff / Sub-Project Leader of the research project “Material Culture, Oral Tradition and Identity among the Naga of Northeast India” lead by Prof. Michael Oppitz. Financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF). More information…
  • May 2010
    Concert and exhibition event ‘Le voce dei Naga in Onsernone’, in Mosogno, Switzerland (23.5.).
  • 2009-2010
    Project Consultant of the Fürer-Haimendorf Archive Digitisation Project at SOAS, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
  • 2001-2009
    Part-time administrative, technical and scientific assistant at the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zürich (VMZ), Switzerland, responsible for database and multimedia matters as well as assistant positions in exhibition, research and publication projects of the museum. Among others, contributions to the following exhibitions:
  • 2007-2008
    ‘Trommeln der Schamanen’, Curator: Prof. Dr. Michael Oppitz (research, audioguide, etc.)
  • 2005-2006
    ‘The 14 Dalai Lama: Tibetan Reincarnations of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara’, german title: ‘Die 14 Dalai Lamas: Tibets Reinkarnationen des Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara’, Curator: PD Dr. Martin Brauen (film editing of Heinrich Harrers “7 years in Tibet” raw materials for display within the exhibition, audioguide, internet, side events, etc.)
  • 2005-2006
    ‘Other worlds’, german title: ‘Jenseitswelten: von Geistern, Schiffen und Liebhabern’, curator: Marion Wettstein et al. (multimedia and research assistant, guided tours, etc.).
  • 2004-2005
    ‘Majesty and Magnificence at the Court of Menilek: Alfred Ilg’s Ethiopia around 1900’, german title: ‘Prunk und Pracht am Hofe Menileks: Alfred Ilgs Äthiopien um 1900’, curator: Elisabeth Biasio (image database programming and multimedia terminal programming)
  • 2003-2004
    ‘Bamboo in old Japan’, german title: ‘aufrecht biegsam leer: Bambus im alten Japan’, curator: PD Dr. Martin Brauen (multimedia, audioguide, side events, etc.)
  • 2001-2002
    ‘Robert Powell: Himalayan Drawings’, german title: ‘Robert Powell: Zeichnungen aus dem Himalaya’, curator: Prof. Dr. Michael Oppitz (guided tours, administration and logistics)
  • Jan-Mar 2009
    Multimedia installation (Film & Photographs) ‘Fashion in Nagaland’, as part of the exhibition ‘Naga, a Forgotten Mountain Region Rediscovered’, Museum der Kulturen, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Dec 2008
    Multimedia Installation (Film) ‘Christmas in Nagaland’, as part of the exhibition ‘Naga, a Forgotten Mountain Region Rediscovered’, Museum der Kulturen, Basel, Switzerland.
  • 2007-2008
    Supervising tutor and co-curator of the exhibition ‘Wege ins Jenseits: Eine kulturvergleichende Spurensuche im Diesseits’. Showcased in the historical cloister of the Grossmünster Zürich and as a virtual exhibition online. In collaborations with the Institute for Comparative Science of Religions and the Theological Institute of the University of Zürich.
  • 2007
    Digitisation of the photographic materials of Hans-Eberhard Kauffmann, stored at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology of the ‘Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität’, Munich.
  • Since 2006
    Documentation of Dumi ritual language.
  • 2004-2005
    Co-Curator of the exhibition: ‘Gefässe für das Heilige, Indische Gegenstände reden von Religion’. (Ethnographic Museum of Zürich University, see above)
  • Since 2003
    Repeated field-research in Northeast India. Anthropological research and documentation on the Naga.
  • Since 2001
    Repeated field-research in Nepal. Anthropological research and documentation of the shamanistic tradition and rituals of the Dumi Kirat Rai.
  • 1997-2001
    Various internships and work experiences in media and other institutions, among them: “Medienwerkstatt Stuttgart-Neugereut”; “Freies Radio Stuttgart”; “Arsenfilm GmbH”, Zürich; “Zeitungsverlag Waiblingen ZVW”; “Swissair Sabena Airline Partnership”, Zürich; “Arbeiterwohlfahrt”, Winnenden.