Prof. Christian Giordano

University of Fribourg

” Global Harmony and Interethnic Conflicts: Opportunities and Limits of Intercultural Dialogue and Negotiations “


Born 1945 in Lugano (Switzerland); Italian citizen. Studies in Bern and Heidelberg; 1973 Ph. D. in Sociology, Universisty of Heidelberg; 1987 Habilitation in Cultural Anthropology and Anthropology of Europe, University of Frankfurt/M. Assistant professor of Cultural Anthropology 1980-86, University of Frankfurt/M. 1988-89. Asssociate professor of Sociology, University of Munich; Since 1989 Full Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Doctor honoris causa of the University of Timisoara (Romania). President of Ethnobaroameter, International Research Network on Minorities and Migrations, Italian Council for the Social Sciences; Rome; President of the Interfaculty Institute of East and Central Europe, University of Fribourg. Member of the Evaluation Pool, European Science Foundation; President of the Scientific Board of the Regional Research Promotion Programme (RRPP) for the Social Sciences in Western Balkans sponsored by the Swiss Agency of Development (DEZA-DDC), Berne (Switzerland. Member of the Scientific Board of the Swiss Academy of Development (SAD), Biel-Solothurn (Switzerland) Member of the Italian Evaluation Agency of Universities and Research ANVUR (Section Social Sciences), Rome.

Main research interests: political anthropology, economic anthropology, historical anthropology, Southeast Europe, Mediterranean societies, Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore)

Fieldwork: 1966-1986: own fieldwork and leader of projects on culture and social structure of Mediterranean societies. Long term research in Southern Italy (especially Sicily), Southern Spain (mainly Andalusia), Southern Portugal (Alentejo and Ribatejo), Turkey (Eastern Anatolia), Greece (Epiros) and Tunisia; 1986-89: field research in Poland and Paraguay; 1989-2007: long term field research in Bulgaria (Dobrudzha) and in Romania (Banat). Further field experiences in Croatia, Slovenia (Istria), Morocco, Sicily, Mauritius and Malaysia (Pulau Penang).

Guest professorships and lectureships

Catholic University of Asuncion (Paraguay); University of Naples “Federico II”, University of Munich, University of Neuchâtel, University of Bern, Humboldt-University in Berlin, University of Zurich, University of Lausanne, University of Salzburg, Russian University of Human Studies, Moscow, University of Timisoara, University of Cluj, University of Murcia, University of Malta, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, University of Fortaleza (Brazil), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang and many others.

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Ahmad Nazzan Bin Abdullah



Dr. Subhangi M.K. Herath
Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Faculty of Arts
University of Colombo,Sri Lanka