Tobias Boos

Tobias Boos
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano | Unibolzano

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January 2021 - present
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Position
  • Researcher
October 2017 - January 2021
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Position
  • Lecturer
May 2015 - September 2015
Università degli Studi di Siena
Position
  • Visiting Scholar
Education
December 2007 - July 2012
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Field of study
  • Human Geography
October 1999 - July 2007
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Field of study
  • Geography, Sociology, Social Anthropology

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Publications (39)
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This book explores the concept of cyberplace as a mode of inhabiting the contemporary world. As a result, it suggests that, for many communities, unlocking cyberspace and inhabiting cyberplaces is now an integral part of their coming-to-the-globalised-world. Boos reviews in the detail the existing academic literature from cultural anthropology, hu...
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The research on Lebanese and Syrian-­-Lebanese associations in Argentina shows that the second till fourth generation Arabs of today share a particular collective intimacy that is the nostalgia for another place. This specific intimacy manifests itself above all within the buildings of Arab associations and includes absent and unknown people, a par...
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In his famous book “Imagined Communities,” Benedict Anderson lists “three institutions of power” (Anderson 2006 [1983], 163) that he sees at work in the formation of nation-states: the census, the map, and the museum. Using the example of Asian states at the beginning of the 20th century, Anderson shows that these institutions have the power to obj...
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This article brings together philosophical anthropologist Hemuth Plessner’s views on identities with geographer Anssi Paasi’s concepts of border and boundary. Plessner viewed personal identity as a kind of ‘void’ able to coordinate internal (body) and external (e.g. to social and material environments) personal relations in such a way that an imagi...
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The full article can be downloaded for free at: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/IGTNEFXXEXIRFQJHWTRX/full?target=10.1080/00330124.2021.2008260 Abstract: Deep mapping is a research method and working practice mainly developed by artists and scholars that promises to blur the boundaries between science and art as well as between experts and loca...
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Il punto di partenza di questo testo è la residenza di ricerca che abbiamo realizzato nel 2019 a Jovençan, Valle d’Aosta, nell’ambito degli “Studi sul Qui”, un progetto interdisciplinare e partecipativo di “mappatura in profondità” dei territori delle aree interne italiane ideato da Daniele Ietri ed Eleonora Mastropietro, geografi universitari, pro...
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Con l'inclusione dell'arte, la deep mapping promette di essere un metodo ispiratore e creativo di raccolta dati, in cui i confini scientifici e le gerarchie tra scienziati, artisti e attori sociali vengono meno. Per esaminare questa tecnica investigativa e le sue potenzialità come metodo di raccolta dati, e per stabilire un dialogo tra partecipanti...
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Place: online conference! All proposals of max. 249 words for the long abstract and max 299 characters (including spaces) for the short version, must be submitted via the website of the panel: https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/sief2021/p/9564 Short Abstract: We invite transdisciplinary reflections on role and scope of religiosities in the cohabitati...
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Raanan Rein and Ariel Noyjovich, Los muchachos peronistas árabes: Los argentinos-árabes y el apoyo al justicialismo (Buenos Aires: Sudamericana, 2018), pp. 315, pb. - Volume 52 Issue 3 - Tobias Boos
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Panel 15) FEASTS IN LATIN AMERICA: CUSTOMS, CULTURAL HERITAGE, MODELS OF SPACE MANAGEMENT This session analyses the role of latin-american feasts, both in the relationship between different social-cultural entities of the city and its surroundings (areas, associations, municipalities, etc.) and in the creation of identities (ethnic, syncretic, mix...
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This article serves as introduction for a themed issue on Peter Sloterdijk's enormous philosophy of space. It invites scholars from various disciplines to critically engage with Sloterdijk's thought and discusses briefly the contributions made in this special issue. The paper gives some orientation on the anthropological and social philosophy Slote...
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La presente compilación de artículos aborda la temática de las sociedades migratorias en la América Latina contemporánea enfocando las dinámicas de producción, incorporación y construcción de prácticas e imaginarios conectados con los antepasados inmigrantes y con sus lugares de origen por parte de los inmigrantes y sus descendientes. Los ensayos r...
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Call for Paper: XL Congreso Internacional de Americanística Circolo Amerindiano Perugia 2018 El Congreso, organizado por el Centro Studi Americanistici “Circolo Amerindiano” Onlus, se desarrollará en Perugia(Italia), del 3 al 8 de mayo de 2018. Sesión 16) Fiestas en América Latina: prácticas, patrimonio cultural, patrones espaciales Coordinadores d...
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This chapter shows that, in the online representation of the contrade of Siena, the global level is not opposed to the local but is, instead, a particular way in which the local is represented. The method of placing their community on the global stage is that of an idealised inhabitation, one which also allows them to keep control over the formatio...
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This chapter “Geographies of Cyberspace” discusses the term “cyberspace” in relation to the concepts of “space”, “place”, and “community” by reviewing the academic literature from human geography, sociology, and cultural anthropology. It forms the basis for the development of a phenomenological perspective on cyberspace. Instead of presenting all p...
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The chapter describes the contemporary symbolism of the contrade and its historic development in order to allow the reader to follow the subsequent analysis of the content of the contrade’s websites, in which symbols play a key role. It suggests that the contrade of Siena make significant use of mediaeval and Renaissance signs and symbols such as p...
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This chapter presents and analyses the outgoing and incoming links of the contrade’s websites as a preface to the interpretative analysis of the following two chapters. The analysis suggests that the contradeinhabit, on the World Wide Web, places that create intimacy. This chapter proposes that the contrade appropriate and use new technologies as p...
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This chapter will provide the background information that is required in order to contextualise further analysis, doing so by outlining the main aspects of daily life within the contrade of Siena and the social and institutional organisation of those institutions. It proposes that their social order has to be interpreted in relation to the palio ho...
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In this chapter, a possible phenomenology of the cyberspaces of the World Wide Web is outlined. Recent studies have suggested that concepts of existential phenomenology can provide convincing perspectives on cyberspace that enable a deep understanding of contemporary life, characterised by an increased blending of humans and modern technology. Base...
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This concluding chapter summarises the benefits of using the notion of inhabiting cyberspace when analysing the websites of communities and neighbourhoods. Broadly speaking, the conclusions examine the results of the case study in the light of those studies reviewed in Chap. 2. It highlights that inhabiting cyberplaces based on the World Wide Web h...
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This chapter describes the methodology, methods, and analytical schemes developed for and applied to the case study of the contrade of Siena. It presents no general research design, but, rather, demonstrates a possible method for designing one. The author suggests that “virtual ethnography” and “Netnography” provide convincing methodological founda...
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On the basis of an interpretation of the content of the contrade’s websites, this chapter proposes that these communities unlock cyberspace through inhabiting cyberplaces. They localise cyberspace, making it concrete and create intimacy by highlighting their history, special places, and maps of their district, announcing events and posting pictures...
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The contemporary Arab diaspora in Latin America has its main basis in migration from the last decades of the 19th until the middle of the 20th century. The migrants came mainly from the present-day countries of Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, which, before the end of World War I, formed part of the Ottoman Empire. Syrians and Lebanese mostly migrated...
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Ecco dunque " THULE " , rivista che intende proporsi come luogo di dibattito e come spazio di presentazione dell'attività americanistica che si svolge ad opera di studiosi italiani e che persegue anche l'obiettivo di fungere da strumento di orientamento e raccordo delle diverse tendenze dell'americanistica italiana e dei suoi ambiti di indagine att...
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Siena's online eco-museum is run by the city’s neighborhoods, the so-called contrade, which should be thought of as communities, whose members share common interests and a strong sense of belonging together. Analyzing the map of the eco-museum reveals the mapping impulse (Alpers 1983) of these neigbourhoods on the World Wide Web (WWW). It is argued...
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In many countries around the globe, Muslims not only form a statistical religious minority, but also are mainly regarded as a homogeneous group by the average citizen, the press and politicians. Concepts of Muslim diaspora seem to frequently reinforce this idea, implying that Muslims are building a global community endangering supposedly peaceful c...
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In order to understand the living together of people in times of growing global migration and information flows, it is important to understand the dynamics of global social orders, such as communities. This investigation of Argentinians of Lebanese descent aims to demonstrate how communities are constructed by people who claim to be completely inte...
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The existing global connectedness of migrants and their descendants from contemporary Lebanon, Syria, and ancient Palestine is the outcome of the migration history of this region, which commenced in the middle of the 19th century. Today people from this region are as well part of different societies all over the world as well as part of global comm...
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The investigation shows that the Arab community of Argentina consists of spheres, bound together by emotional ties of familiarity. Through the situational projection of familiarity to unknown Arabs, objects, images, and ancestry, the Arab descendants abroad create a globally connected ethnic community. An estimated 1.200.000 second to fourth post-i...
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Die Migration aus dem heutigen Libanon und Syrien nach Argentinien endete 1950. Doch die syrisch- und libanesischstämmigen Argentinier der zweiten bis vierten Generation erhalten ihre Gemeinschaft, indem sie ethnische Sphären bilden. Sphären sind nach Sloterdijk Gruppen von Personen und Artefakten, die durch Vertrautheit verbunden sind. Tobias Boos...
Conference Paper
La globalización está ligada a la circulación global de personas, objetos y significados. Por eso, muchas comunidades étnicas no corresponden más con un territorio definido. De ahí nuestra investigación busca elaborar un nuevo concepto de comunidad que hace posible entender la construcción social de una comunidad incluyendo los procesos de territor...
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To prevent misunderstandings between people living in ethnic diverse countries it is important to comprehend the dynamics of diaspora communities. The investigation of Lebanese spheres in Argentina aims to understand from an emic perspective how diaspora communities are constructed by people who claim that they are completely integrated into their...

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The research focuses on the sociocultural implications of migrant or ethnic associations for diaspora communities and their sociocultural environments - on local, national and global scale. Special attention is given to the role of the material setting of the club houses in providing a sense of intimacy for their members and how this sense can be transmitted to other members of the diaspora community. At the beginning I base my study on the Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian Diasporas but in the next years I will broaden my perspective including other "nationalities".
Archived project
The leader of this project is Prof. Dr. Anton Escher. Im loosely involved in it. Global diaspora communities with roots in villages in Lebanon have developed over the course of the past century and spread all over the world. At the same time, there is a permanent worldwide mobility occurring and intensive integration of communication developing among the individuals of the communities in different parts of the world. New media and digital platforms make the communities dynamic, since audio and video communication is now available virtually at any time. A purpose of the project is to develop a new theoretical framework reconsidering conventional categories such as ethnicity, community and the nation state.
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Stadtfeste, feasts of the city, are known in social and cultural science since many decades (Rosseau 1758; Durkheim 1912) for their power to evocate a common identity among the citizens of cities but also of nations. These feasts are mostly organized by the administration of the city in cooperation with neighborhoods, for example the Fallas in Valencia (Spain) or the Palio in Siena (Italy) or of local associations such as in the case of the Fastnacht in Mainz (Germany). Thus, these “traditional” feasts show a high degree of civic participation in their realization. During the feast the participating parties occupied at special times certain places in the city. On one hand they convert public places temporally in private ones. On the other hand the feasts are of interest for national and international media (online and in TV) and visible around the globe and do attract international tourism. In this sense they are open to public in special situations. During the feasts the territorial administration of, the economic function of and life in these cities are completely diverse from daily life and, consequently, a festive system is established temporally in which places change their meaning and festive practices are carried out. While the mechanisms of identity building and economic regulations are rather well studied and theorized, the role of specific places in the systems of festive practices and the process of the creation of cultural spaces are rather absent in the studies of feasts. “Place”, “space” and “practices” are often used terms in studies but mostly neither theorized nor used as analytical tools. They will be discussed in research field of feasts of the city which stand between the public and the private, the local and the global and perhaps different cultural spaces.