Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Europäische Ethnologie

Jonna Josties

“Aspiring insecure futures”: An Ethnographic Exploration of Contemporary practices of “startupping”

Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Regina Römhild, Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewöhner



The aim of my PhD project in social anthropology is to examine how entrepreneurial environments are realized in urban settings. I am interested what kind of socialities emerge in the startup milieu and how living arrangements and demarcations are being enforced when high-tech startup practices intervene into uncertainty. My ethnographic investigations will combine multiple settings mainly in Berlin and the San Francisco Bay area.


Key words

startups, uncertainty, entrepreneurial ecosystems, high-tech, sociality


Curriculum Vitae

2015-2016 Fulbright visiting research scholar at University of California, Berkeley, department of anthropology
since 2014 PhD student at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, department of European Ethnology
2014 M.A. in European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2012 visiting student at University of Copenhagen, department of anthropology
2010 B.A. in European Ethnology and History, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin