Alban von Stockhausen was born on 21. June 1978 near Stuttgart in Southern Germany. Together with his wife, the anthropologist Marion Wettstein and their children Anaïs (born 2009) and Anselm Ada (born 2013), he is based in Bern, Switzerland. At Bernisches Historisches Museum, he works as Curator (Asia, Oceania, Europe and Ancient Egypt) for the Ethnographic Collection.


  • 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 Work Experience / Research Projects

  • Since June 2015
    Curator for Ethnography (Asia, Oceania, Europe and Ancient Egypt) at Bernisches Historisches Museum, Bern, Switzerland.
  • 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.
  • 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…
  • 2009-2010
    Project Consultant of the Fürer-Haimendorf Archive Digitisation Project at SOAS, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Website
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.