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Dr. Anna Lisa Ramella

Short Biography

Anna Lisa Ramella studied Spanish and Italian Philology and Literary Studies (B.A.) in Berlin and Madrid as well as Transcultural Studies (M.A.) in Bremen. Her dissertation "Steady Rollin': The music tour between movement and stabilization" at the DFG-funded postgraduate research group Locating Media at the University of Siegen examined the mobility of musicians with media ethnographic and audiovisual methods. Her filmic works include the interactive website "La Vie du Rail - a railway line in Mali as transitory space", the video installation "Circulating objects: four stories about bocios" for the Ethnological Museum Berlin as well as the two-channel video "Rhythms of Attunement" on the rhythms of touring.

Academic Memberships

European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA):
- Founding member and co-convenor of the Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation (#COLLEEX)
- Co-convenor of the Anthropology and Mobility Network (ANTHROMOB)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie (DGSKA)

International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)

Thematic Interests and Regional Focus

Mobility and Migration, Rhythm, Media Ethnography, Visual Anthropology, Digital Ethnography, Postcolonial Theory


Mali, Senegal, Benin, Kenia, USA

Courses and Seminars

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin
Seminar: “Digital Anthropology” (M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology)

Department of Media Studies, University of Siegen
Seminar: “Introduction to Visual Anthropology” (M.A. Media Culture/Media Studies)

Department for Ethnology and Cultural Studies, University of Bremen
Seminar: “West Africa in the 21st century: Current movements, topics and tendencies” (B.A. Cultural Studies)

Department for Linguistics and Literary Studies, University of Bremen
Seminar: “Textual and medial dimensions of Transculturality” (M.A. Transcultural Studies)

Department for Linguistics and Literary Studies, University of Bremen
Seminar: “Methods for Textual Analysis” (M.A. Transcultural Studies)



2017 Mobile Digital Practices. Situating People, Things and Data. Digital Culture and Society, Vol. 3, Issue 2, edited by Anna Lisa Ramella, Asko Lehmuskallio, Tristan Thielmann and Pablo Abend.


2019 “States of play/ing: Sonic dwellings on a music tour”, in: Barbara Titus (ed.): Dwelling in musical movement: Making a home both in and through music [Special Issue], World of Music (new series).

2018 “Deciphering movement and stasis: Touring musicians and their ambivalent imaginings of home and belonging”, in: Paula Mota Santos and Naomi Leite (eds.): Home Imaginings: Travel, Place and Belonging, International Journal of Tourism Anthropology.

2014 “Dehierarchization, translinearity and intersubjective participation in ethnographic   research through interactive media representations: www.laviedurail.net”, in: Anthrovision [Online],2.2 | 2014, Online since 12 November 2014.URL : http://anthrovision.revues.org/1401   


2018 “Finding one’s rhythm: a ’tour de force’ of fieldwork on the road with a band”, in: Adolfo Estalella and Tomás Sánchez Criado (eds.): Experimental collaborations: Ethnography through fieldwork devices. EASA Book Series. New York: Berghahn.

2016 “Medienpraktiken ’on the road’. Social Media im Kontext von Musikmarketing" (Media practices ’on the road’. Social Media in the context of music marketing"), in: Mark Dang-Anh, Simone Pfeifer, Clemens Reisner, Lisa Villioth, (eds.): Medienpraktiken: Situieren, erforschen, reflektieren. In: Navigationen: Zeitschrift für Medien-und Kulturwissenschaften, 17/1, pp. 37–54.