Besides collecting, preserving and exhibiting, research and documentation have always been part of the museum's work. From the very beginning, the museum's own publication medium, the Österreichische Zeitschrift für Volkskunde, has been documenting the museum's scholarly work with the museum's collections and their related subject areas. External research collaborations are also part of the museum's active research work.
(For detailed information on the respective project see the German-language page)

The following research projects are currently anchored at the museum:

Right to museum? A study on museums´ concepts of the public and their perceptions
Real-fiction climate audit court: Pre-enactment. A Model of speculative cultural sciences
Which dances. A choreographic assemblage
Performing Primal Communism: (Re)writing of Reality Through Discourse
Dust and Data: The Art of Curating in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Noa & Snow: A gentle experiment between the everyday and the event
Soy: Knowledge - Society - City
Treasures: Treasures from Central Europe. Culture, Nature, Music
Forschungszentrum für historische Minderheiten / Research Center for historical minority groups
Provenance research and Restitution

Project Archive

Additions to the Online Collections: Ethnographic objects from Cyprus from the Krpata Collection
Notebook: Recording practices on paper and beyond
City-Country-Image: A social image analysis of contemporary symptoms of longing
City-Country-Child: An intergenerational ethnography on images of longing for the country
"Kaiser Gerstel, Kapauner Würstel und Schnee Baalen": Citizen Scientists transcribe historical recipes
Museum on the Run: Researching and collecting flight
Museum Strategies in a Period of Political Upheavals: The Austrian Museum of Folklore in the years 1930-1950
Sachenwörter Wörtersachen I
Sachenwörter Wörtersachen II
Doing Kinship with Pictures and Objects: A Laboratory for Private and Public Practices of Art
Born in Europe: Joint exhibition by various European museums
Visualisation of Family, Gender and Body
European Textile Routes
TRA-KER: Traditions out of clay: Ways to perceive the ceramic heritage
Istria: Ethnographic - photographic perspectives

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