Gunther Hirschfelder

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Gunther Hirschfelder (* 1961 in Gummersbach ) is a German cultural anthropologist and folklorist .

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Gunther Hirschfelder studied agricultural science at the University of Bonn from 1980 to 1982 and then until 1988 Rhineland regional history, folklore, political science and history . He then studied with a scholarship of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation at the University of Trier and was established in 1992 with the work of the Cologne trade relations in the late Middle Ages to the Dr. phil. PhD .

From 1993 to 1994 he took part in a postdoctoral fellowship at the graduate school “Europe in a Comparative Historical Perspective” at the University of Trier and then until 1994 was a lecturer at the Folklore Seminar of the University of Bonn. From 1995 to 1999 he was a research assistant at the Institute for Historical Regional Studies of the Rhineland at the University of Bonn. In 2000 he completed his habilitation with the thesis Alcohol Consumption at the Beginning of the Industrial Age (1700-1850) and was appointed private lecturer .

From 1999 to 2000 he was a substitute professor at the University of Mainz , in 2001 a lecturer at the seminar for European Ethnology / Folklore at the University of Münster and from 2002 to 2010 a substitute professor at the University of Bonn. Since 2010 he has been Professor of Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Regensburg .

Gunther Hirschfelder is a lecturer at the German Academy for Culinary Studies , Liaison Lecturer at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation , a member of the Bergisches Geschichtsverein and the German Society for Folklore .

Gunther Hirschfelder accompanies knowledge formats in television and radio programs.



  • Cologne trade relations in the late Middle Ages. Dissertation. University of Trier 1992. Cologne City Museum, Cologne 1994, ISBN 3-927396-58-3 .
  • Cologne long-distance trade in the late Middle Ages (= Historical Atlas of the Rhineland . Supplement 7). Habelt, Bonn 1996, ISBN 3-7927-1584-8 .
  • Alcohol consumption at the beginning of the industrial age (1700–1850). Habilitation thesis. University of Bonn. Böhlau, Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2000, ISBN 3-412-15301-X .
  • with Dorothea Schell, Adelheid Schrutka-Rechtenstamm (Ed.): Cultures - Languages ​​- Transitions. Festschrift for Heinrich Leonhard Cox on his 65th birthday. Böhlau, Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2000, ISBN 3-412-11999-7 .
  • European food culture. A history of nutrition from the Stone Age to the present day. Campus, Frankfurt am Main 2001, ISBN 3-593-36815-3 . Study edition: 2005, ISBN 3-593-37937-6 ( review by Gisa Funck, FAZ , June 25, 2002).
  • with Birgit Huber (ed.): The virtualization of work. Campus, Frankfurt am Main 2004, ISBN 3-593-37501-X .
  • with Angelika Ploeger (Ed.): Pure pleasure? Water as a drink, a commodity and a cultural asset. Campus, Frankfurt am Main 2009, ISBN 978-3-593-39028-4 .
  • with Barbara Wittmann (ed.): Stranger proximity. Migrant Perspectives on Bavaria. Waxmann, Münster / New York / Munich / Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-8309-2927-7 .
  • with Angelika Ploeger, Gesa Schönberger (ed.): The future on the table: Analyzes, trends and perspectives on tomorrow's nutrition. VS, Wiesbaden 2011, ISBN 978-3-531-17643-7 .
  • Valentine's Day: Event and custom on the European periphery between tradition and political commitment. In: Heidrun Alzheimer (Ed.): In Europe: Cultural networks - local, regional, global. Festschrift for Bärbel Kerkhoff-Hader on his 70th birthday (= publications on folklore and cultural history. Volume 104). Bamberg 2012, DNB 1022114867 , pp. 80-103.
  • with Manuel Trummer: Eating and drinking. In: European History Online . 2013 ( online ).
  • What a person is allowed to eat. Economic coercion, ecological conscience and global conflicts. VS, Wiesbaden 2015 (together with Angelika Ploeger, Jana Rückert-John and Gesa Schönberger), ISBN 978-3-658-01465-0 .
  • Strange proximity. Migrant perspectives on Bavaria (Regensburger Schriften zur Volkskunde / Comparative Cultural Studies, Vol. 24). Waxmann, Münster a. a. 2013 (together with Barbara Wittmann). ISBN 978-3-8309-2927-7 .
  • with Manuel Trummer: Beer. A story from the Stone Age to today. Theiss, Stuttgart 2016, ISBN 978-3-8062-3270-7 .


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Individual evidence

  1. What is culinary intelligence? From nutrition to enjoyment in the Internet Movie Database