Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Barbara Götsch holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology and an MA in Modern Languages from the University of Vienna, and an MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she specialised in the anthropology of learning and cognition. Her research interest is in anthropology of mind (especially “theories of mind”), human sociality and narrative. Her PhD research centred on social cognition in a work setting in Morocco, where she explored co-workers’ mentalizing behaviour. Currently she pursues this interest in the form of imaginings of convivial futures in urban Southeast Asia. Barbara recently also turned to psychoanalytic perspectives on mentalizing and is interested in psychotherapeutic encounters. Her ethnographic work includes fieldwork in North Africa (Morocco), urban Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore), and Europe (Austria).