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PD Dr. Juliane Müller

PD Dr. Juliane Müller


Areas of research and interest

Economic anthropology, trade and markets; migration, mobility and brokerage; migrant associations, local politics, and sport; sports from an anthropological and ethno-historical perspective; practice theory

Regional areas of interest: South America (in particular the Andean countries, Bolivia), Mediterranean area (especially Spain), Commercial Relations Latin America - China


Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich
Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
67 Oettingen street
80538 Munich

Room: 024



List of Publications (45 KB)

Research Project 2019-2021 (funded by German Research Society):

Material Possession and Circulation. Outdated Electronic Appliances in Bolivia and the South-Central Andes

This project explores the transformation and evaluation of outdated electronic equipment in Bolivia and the South-Central Andes. From an economic anthropology and material culture approach, it looks at handling, repairing, recycling and trading of appliances, extracted components and metals. Based on insights from my previous research on the market for electronic appliances in Bolivia and the Andean-Pacific, it analysis the valuation and circulation of residues at a moment of heightened material possession in a historical culture of scarcity and an ecologically fragile highland environment. The project aims to contribute to the literature on material culture, consumption and value in anthropology, and the emergent interdisciplinary field of (electronic) waste studies.

Research Project (funded by DFG (German Research Society), MU 3785/2-1, 2015-2018):

Bolivian Traders and the Market for Consumer Electronics in the Regional and Global Context

The research project deals with the market for electronic devices in Bolivia and transnational commodity chains. I look at the encounter of different actors, Bolivian traders, international intermediaries, and Multinational Corporations, as well as the cultural construction of marketplaces, and the material infrastructure of trade networks. Trough fieldwork at several places – popular commercial areas in Bolivia and (free) trade zones along the distribution chain (Chile, China) – I study how economic globalization is lived and brought into being “from below”, by upward mobile economic subjects, both locally and transnationally. The project also deals with intergenerational change among Bolivian trader families and with gender relations. Since early colonial times, Andean women traders are cultural and economic brokers between the indigenous-rural and mestizo-urban world; today they mediate the Bolivian and the global economy.

Project description (in German) (723 KB)

International Conferences


Cultural Perspectives on Grassroots Entrepreneurs and Neighborhood Economies
Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
University of Munich (LMU)
14-15 July 2016
Conveners: Juliane Müller and Eveline Dürr
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The Remaking of Latin America-China Economies
Department of Anthropology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH)
1-2 June 2015
Convener: Juliane Müller
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PUBLICATION                                   ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELD SCHOOL

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More Information and Reading Sample   Ethnographic Field School in Andalusia
                                                               in February/March 2013,  Report (in German) (275 KB)

Further Information


Habilitation, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich); accreditation (venia legendi) for being university professor in anthropology

Ph.D. at Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), socio-cultural
anthropology, doctoral thesis: „Migration, Gender, and Football: Bolivian Migrants in Seville,
Spain“ (highest honors summa cum laude)

MA at Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich (LMU, Germany), book sciences/publishing

Magister Artium at Albert-Ludwig-University of Freiburg (Germany), socio-cultural
Anthropology (major), economics and geography (minors); Thesis: „Cultural Identities and
Civil Participation among Latin American Associations in Freiburg“

Study of cultural and social anthropology at the University of Seville (Spain)

Cultural studies, theatre sciences, and cultural anthropology at the University of Leipzig

Professional and Academic Positions

Research Fellow, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Barcelona

Lecturer, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, LMU Munich

Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA)

Instructor, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, LMU Munich


Visiting Positions

Visiting Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Seville, Spain (ERASMUS instructor mobility)

Visiting Instructor, Department of Sociology, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz (Bolivia)

Visiting Researcher, Center for Latin American Studies, Georgetown University, Washington DC (USA)

Other activities

  • Scientific consultant for the discussion series „World Wide: Work – a global debate“ (Munich, January to May 2014): paper to download (204 KB)
  • Non-Fiction Young Editor (Random House Bertelsmann, Munich), Editing Assistant (Kunstmann Publishing House), Freelance Editor (Random House Mondadori, Barcelona; Herder, Barcelona)
  • Internships and labour experiences in Monterrey (Mexico), Larache (Morocco), Viena, Marseille, Madrid and Seville