Univ.-Ass. Anna Weichselbraun, PhD

Bachelorstudium in Individualized Study (Schwerpunkt Gender/Media Studies) an der New York University (NYU) (2002-2006), Master 1 in Enquêtes, Terrains, Théories (Fachübergreifender Studiengang in Anthropologie, Soziologie, und Geschichte) an der Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales/Ecole Normale Supérieure (EHESS/ENS) (2007-2008), und PhD-Studium der Sociocultural und Linguistic Anthropology an der University of Chicago (2009-2016); Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow am Center for International Security and Cooperation an der Stanford University (2016-2018);
seit Dezember 2018 Universitätsassistentin "post doc" am Institut für Europäische Ethnologie an der Universität Wien.
Sprechstunde: nach Übereinkunft

Tel.: +43-1-4277 - 44011

E-Mail: anna.weichselbraun@univie.ac.at



  • Wissensanthropologie
  • Objektivierende Praktiken
  • Expertenwissen
  • Technologie und Regulierung
  • Bürokratische Organisationen
  • Semiotik und Repräsentation
  • Affekt: Furcht und Langeweile


The Nuclear Order of Things: Bureaucracy, Objectivity, and Boredom at the IAEA (erforscht die Wissenspraktiken der "nuclear safeguards inspectors" an der Internationalen Atomenergieorganisation in Bezug auf die Konstruktion von politischer Legitimität)

Verification: Technologies of Truth and Trust (untersucht Technologien zur Verifizierung von Informationen, u.a. Blockchain, als Massnahme zur Stabilisierung von politischer und zwischenmenschlicher Ungewissheit)

Akademische Mitgliedschaften

American Anthropological

Association International Studies

Association Society for Applied Anthropology

Association for Political and Legal Anthropology

Society for Cultural Anthropology

Society for Linguistic Anthropology

Nuclear Proliferation International History Project

Publikationen (Auszug)

Weichselbraun, Anna. 2014. "'People Here Speak Five Languages!': The Reindexicalization of Minority Language Practice among Carinthian Slovenes in Vienna, Austria." Language in Society 43 (4): 421-44.  https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047404514000384

"Language and Law." (mit Justin Richland) In Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology.Ed. John Jackson. New York: Oxford University Press.

2017. "Don't Assume Trump Is More Responsible with Nuclear Weapons than North Korea." The Guardian, July 6, 2017, sec. Opinion. www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/06/trump-nuclear-weapons-north-korea.

2018. "Not Talking about Disarmament at the IAEA: How Nonproliferation Rules Ensure That Nuclear Weapons Are Here to Stay." Anthropology News, August 2018.


2018 “The Half-Life of Bureaucratic Objectivity,” Kauffman Lecture, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, March 22.

2018 “Of Broken Seals and Broken Promises,” Department of Anthropology Discourse Lab, UCLA, February 28.

2017 “Temporal Grammars of Nuclear Expertise: Forestalling the Future of Disarmament,” LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester Symposium: The Future of War and Peace, University of Michigan, November 9.

2017 “Knowledge Change at the IAEA: the State Level Concept and Bureaucratic Objectivity,” Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, September 28.

2016 “IAEA Nuclear Safeguards: Bureaucratic Possibilities and Constraints for Verification Practices,” Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University, December 14.

2015 “Artifacts and Practices of ‘Technical Independence’ at the IAEA’s Department of Safeguards,” Konrad Lorenz Institute, Klosterneuburg, Austria, June 9.

2015 “Negotiating the Technical/Political Divide at the IAEA,” Doktoratskolleg, “The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts,” University of Vienna, May 27.


2018 “No Accents, No Affects: Producing the ‘Civil Voice’ of the IAEA,” American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA, November 14-18.

2018 “The Boring Document: Semiosis, Abduction, and Affective Effects,” Opaque Media Workshop, UC Irvine, April 6-7.

2018 “Challenging Nuclear Norms: Negotiations for a Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons,” International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, April 4-7.

2017 “Bureaucratic Objectivity at the IAEA and the Technical/Political Distinction,” American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, November 30-December 3.

2017 “In Defense of Bureaucracy: Heroes of the Administrative State,” Society for Social Studies of Science, Boston, MA, August 30-September 2.

2017 “Controlling People, Controlling Knowledge: the Early Development of Nuclear Safeguards,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Arlington, VA, June 22-24.

2017 “Making Nuclear Boring: Developing Ways to Contain Nuclear Technologies,” Making the World Nuclear After Hiroshima, Stanford University, May 22-23.

2016 “The Boring Document: Semiosis and Affective Effects,” American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, MN, November 16-20.

2016 “How Does the IAEA Know? Safeguards Inspectors, Collaboration and Bureaucratic Objectivity,” Society for Cultural Anthropology, Ithaca, NY, May 13-14.

2016 “Language as Semiotic Technology at the International Atomic Energy Agency,” Michicagoan, University of Chicago, May 6-7.

2015 “The IAEA Inspector’s Bible: Safeguards Experts’ Paperwork in a Digital Age,” American Anthropological Association, Denver, CO, November 18-23.

2014 “Limits of Compliance and Compliant Limits: Boundaries and Truth-Claims at the International Atomic Energy Agency,” American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, December 3-7.

2014 “Nuclear Experts at the IAEA: Safeguards Inspectors and Pre-NPT Verification Efforts,” Nuclear Experts and Nuclear Expertise in a Global Context after 1945, Berlin, Germany, October 7.

2013 “The Limits of Technical Knowledge: Producing Legitimacy at the IAEA’s Safeguards Department,” American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL, November 20-24.

2012 “The Discursive Production of Technical Independence at the International Atomic Energy Agency,” Sites of Regulatory Knowledge, INFRIS, SITES Labex, INRA SenS, Paris, France, June 21-22.

2011 “Austria Just Says No (to Eastern European Power Plants): Legacies of the Radionuclide Contamination Threat,” American Anthropological Association, Montreal, QC, November 16-20.

Tagungsorganisationen (Panels)

2018 “Revisiting The Network Inside Out: Form, Substance, and Practice among Institutions,” American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA, November 14-18.

2017 “Technocracks: Loose Nuclear Epistemics,” American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, November 30-December 3.

2017 “STS After Truth: Narrative, Translation, and Advocacy,” Society for Social Studies of Science, Boston, MA, August 30-September 2.

2016 “Stereo-Types: Voicing Persons, Entities, and Concepts through Graphic Artifacts,” American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, MN, November 16-20.

2016 “Architectures of Anticipation: Expert Collaborations and Mediations,” Society for Cultural Anthropology Biennial Meeting, Ithaca, NY, May 13-14.


September 2011-Maerz 2012, vorlaeufige Feldforschung, Wien, Oesterreich

November 2013- Oktober 2014: Wien (Feldforschung zu IAEA Nuclear Safeguards)

November 2013, Maerz 2014, US National Archives, College Park, MD

Juni-Juli 2017, UN headquarters, nuclear ban treaty negotiations

Stipendien, Auszeichnungen

2018 Engaged Anthropology Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation

2017 Sol Tax Dissertation Prize, “combines highest intellectual merit with relevance to anthropology and action”
University of Chicago

2013-14 Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation

2013-14 International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council

2013-14 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation

2012 Roy D. Albert Prize for Best MA Essay in Anthropology, University of Chicago

2009 Social Science Fellowship, University of Chicago (5 Jahre: 2009-2013, 2015-2016)


2016 Anthropological Methods, University of Chicago, graduate

2015 Human Rights Core Sequence, University of Chicago, undergraduate

2012 Introduction to Anthropological Theory, University of Chicago, undergraduate

2011 Power, Identity, Resistance, University of Chicago, undergraduate

2009 Introduction to Anthropology, Sciences Po, undergraduate