harald wilfing

Prof. Dr. Harald Wilfing is the Head of the Human Ecology working group. He studied Medicine, Zoology and Anthropology at the University of Vienna. He completed his PhD in Anthropology in 1987. He was awarded the venia docendi for anthropology, which is the highest academic degree, for a study of post-modern fertility development in Austria in 1997. He established the working group Human Ecology at the Institute in 1990, which currently focuses on developmental studies, transition studies, co-evolutionary theory in social systems, historical landscape development and demography and demographic transition in scientific research.

A theoretical basis is of high importance in the fields of co-evolutionary theory and transition studies: Prof. Wilfing has also gathered profound experience in epistemology, of which is mainly focussed on theoretical biology. He is one of the founding members and scientific heads of the scientific project ‘Science as Culture’ and the trainee programme ‘Studium Integrale’ at the Department of Cultural Studies and Philosophy of Science of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (IFF).

Both activities are strongly related to problems and features of interdisciplinary communication. A total of seven projects have been successfully completed under both his vice-chairmanship and chairmanship or were granted by national and international institutions since 1997. Prof. Wilfing's academic career includes scientific fieldwork in Egypt, Guatemala and Peru. He has attended special training courses in Germany and Great Britain.

selected references

Wilfing, H, Muellner, A. (1998): Rediscovering Turbulence – Historical Demography in an Austrian Village. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. Suppl. 26: 232.

Project Group Environmental History (1998): Kulturlandschaftsgenese – dynamische Prozesse zwischen Naturraum und Gesellschaft. Schriftenreihe für Landschaftspflege und Naturschutz. Heft 56, 107-120. Bonn-Bad Godesberg.

Project Group Environmetal History (1999): Landschaft hat Geschichte – historische Entwicklung von Umwelt und Gesellschaft in Theyern. CD-ROM. WUV Facultas Universitätsverlag, Wien.

Project Group Environmental History (1999): Auf der Suche nach den Landschaften des Mittelalters. Iff-Texte, 5, 57-65. Wien.

Project Group Environmetal History (1999): Landscape and History: A multidisciplinary Approach. Coll. Anthropol. 23/2, 379-396.

Wilfing, H. (1999): Rasse – Karriere eines biologischen Begriffes. In: Schneider, B., Jochum, R. (eds): Erinnerungen an das Töten – Genozid reflexiv. Böhlau Wien, 104-112.

Wilfing, H., Winiwater, V., Grundmann, R., Loibl, C., Schrenk, M. & Chloupek, A. (2000): CLOC-ROM 1st Cultural Landscape Online Conference Archive. CD-ROM. Forschungsschwerpunkt Kulturlandschaftsforschung/Begleitmodul CLOC. Wien.

Project Group Environmental History (2000): Historische Entwicklung zwischen Gesellschaft und Natur. CD-ROM. (=Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Verkehr. Schriftenreihe Forschungsschwerpunkt Kulturlandschaftsforschung, Band 7) Wien.

Kastenhofer, K., Wilfing, H.(2000): Biologie – Die Leitwissenschaft im Spannungsfeld neuer Machbarkeiten. Iff-Texte, 6, 83-89.

Project Group Environmental History: Environmental Histories: the long-term interaction of society and nature in three Austrian Villages. Die Bodenkultur. 53, 45-53. 2002.

Winiwarter, V., Wilfing, H. (eds.) (2002): Historische Humanökologie. Interdisziplinäre Zugänge zum Menschen und seiner Umwelt. WUV Facultas Universitätsverlag, Wien.

Bechtold, U., Wilfing, H. (2002): Xelaqué – Social Impact Analysis of the DA-Project ‘XelAguA’ in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Horizont 3000. Wien: Universität Wien

Bechtold, U., Wilfing, H. (2003): Man-Nature : Leymebamba. Transition Patterns of the Social System in Leymebamba, Amazonia, Peru. Wien: Universität Wien.

Wilfing, H. (2005): Carl von Rokitansky und das Menschenbild der Wiener Anthropologischen Gesellschaft. In: Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky 1804-1878. Pathologe, Politiker, Philosoph, Gründer der Wiener Medizinischen Schule des 19. Jahrhunderts. Rumpler, H., Denk, H., Ottner, C. (eds.), Böhlau Verlag, Wien, 139-146.

Wilfing, H., Bechtold, U., Seidler, H. (2005): Man-Nature: Leymebamba. Bericht über die Aktivitäten 2004/2005 im Distrikt Leymebamba, Chachapoyas, Amazonia, Peru. Wien.

Rammel, C., Stagl, S., Wilfing, H., (2005): How to Manage Coevolving Complex Systems? A Coevolutionary Perspective on Natural Resource Management Systems. Ecological Economics (in press).

Bechtold, U., Wilfing, H., Peterson, B., Hirvelä, S.: Transition - an Overarching Theoretical Approach. Preliminary Modeling of Thoughts. In preparation.


Institute for Anthropology

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