Andre Gingrich is Director of the Institute for Social Anthropology and, since 1998, a Full Professor for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Vienna University. In 1989 he was a co-founder of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. Gingrich specialises in the anthropology of the Middle East, with special emphasis on southern Arabia. From 2008 to 2012, he chaired the European Research Council’s (ERC) SH2 Panel. He is a Member of the Royal Swedish and the Austrian Academies of Science. He is the Wittgenstein Laureate 2000.