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School of Social Science


from 2019 PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen

2018 M.A. in Sociology and Anthropology, University of Basel

2015 B.A. in Social Sciences, University of Zürich

Internal Memberships

Postgraduate Representative Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (School of Social Sciences)


Research Overview

Facets of uncertainty: Island life during the COVID-19 pandemic

My PhD thesis is based on 12 months of fieldwork on the Isle of Coll (August 2020 – August 2021). It focuses on uncertainty and everyday life on the island amidst the disruptions and changes that came with the COVID-19 pandemic. The chapters deal with remoteness, ferry mobilities, provisions for the island shop, sociability and gender. 


Research Areas


Current Research

Research interests

Im/mobility, temporality, uncertainty, islands and waterscapes, creative ethnography



Book chapter:

Bosbach, C. 2024. Making remoteness through pandemic im/mobilities on the Isle of Coll, Scotland. In Vannini, P. (ed.), Mobilities in remote places. London, New York: Routledge. 

Ethnographic poetry (peer reviewed): 

Bosbach, C. forthcoming. Weathering COVID. Irish Journal for Anthropology Special Issue: Islandness in Britain and Ireland. 


Bosbach, C., Gupper, T., Jaschek, S., Kreft, K. Saleh, A. and Thurmann, L. 2023. Trading safety for knowledge? Perspectives on risks and wellbeing in fieldwork. Boasblog. Contested knowledge:

Book review:

Bosbach, C. 2021. Amit, Vered and Salazar, Noel B. (eds.) 2020. Pacing mobilities: timing, intensity, tempo and duration of human movements. New York: Berghahn Books. Social Anthropology 29: 273-274.

Working paper:

Oldenburg, S., Bosbach, C., Wabersich, C. (eds.). 2018. Making the city in Cartagena. Basel Papers on Political Transformations 16-17.



Knowing Well. DGSKA (German Association for Anthropology). Roundtable: Trading safety for knowledge. Munich, July 2023. 

Microdynamics of joy. ASA (Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK). Panel: Towards an anthropology of joy in a post-pandemic world. London, April 2023. 

Imagining wellbeing from the feet up. ASA (Association of social anthropologists of the UK). Lab organiser (with Ursula Obrusnik and Simon Peres). London, April 2023. 

Walking islandness. RGS-IBG (Royal Geography Society). Panel: Walking well? Stepping through and beyond the pandemic. Newcastle, September 2022. 

Lifeline ferries. EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists). Panel: Navigating hurdles and pacing (im)mobilities in times of corona. Belfast, 2022. 

Funding and Grants

Galloway Trust Studentship, University of Aberdeen (full studentship for PhD)

Studentship Winter Würzburg Winter School on Configurations of Mobilities, 2020


Teaching Responsibilities

I have been a teaching assistant on level 2 courses in Sociology and Anthropology –

SO2006 Sociology of everyday life 1: the embodied self (2021)

AT2515 Colonialism re-imagined (2022 and 2023)

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

I have co-organised writing workshops for PhD students:

Scottish Training in Anthropology (STAR) 3, December 2020

Ways into Writing, Aberdeen, 2021

Ethnography Lab, Aberdeen, 2022