Deutsch Intern
European Ethnology

Pearl-Sue Carper M.A.

  • Multispecies Studies 
  • Plural Literacies
  • Cultural Studies Perspectives on Lifestyles Critical of Consumption

Since April 2021: Researcher at the Chair of European Ethnology/Empirical Cultural Analysis, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg.

2015 – 2021: Student or research assistant at the Chair of European Ethnology/Empirical Cultural Analysis, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

2021: Completion of the Master’s degree in European ethnology/empirical cultural analysis at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg. Master's thesis: “Die Macht der Ratten – Begegnungen in urbanen Räumen”.

2017: Completion of Bachelor’s degree in European ethnology/empirical cultural analysis and English/American studies at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg. Bachelor thesis: “Minimalismus als Luxus? Eine kulturwissenschaftliche Analyse zu Minimalismus am Beispiel medialer Aushandlungsprozesse”.





Die Macht der Ratten – Begegnungen in urbanen Räumen. Würzburg 2021.



Carper, Pearl-Sue: Rezension zu: Schicho, Susanne: Hundemenschen. Multispecies Family Lives und ihre biografischen Folgen (Grazer Beiträge zur Europäischen Ethnologie, 24). Weimar 2019. In: Zeitschrift für Volkskunde 116/2 (2020): 327-329.



Carper, Pearl-Sue/Müller, Stephanie/Zwurtschek, Alexander: Vom Tippen und Wischen: Wie sich ältere Menschen digitale Literalität aneignen. In: Alltag – Kultur – Wissenschaft. Beiträge zur Europäischen Ethnologie. 6 (2019), S. 127-148.

Current research


“A Superfruit: Cultural Anthropological Perspectives on the Rosehip” (working title)

Eine Superfrucht: Kulturanthropologische Perspektiven auf die Hagebutte

The planned dissertation project deals with the significance of the rosehip from a cultural anthropological perspective and the discourses and possibilities it opens up. Known and regionally located in everyday culture as a 'native' wild fruit, the fruit of the rose is used in a variety of ways and, as a hedge plant, is not only a component of landscape design but, for example, in the form of food, is equally essential to the everyday lives of human and non-human creatures. Despite its widespread use as a native rose tree and its local cultivation, in Germany it is largely imported for industrial processing into, for example, teas, jams and cosmetics. The focus of this work is on the interwoven relationships between the rose and the plant.

This work focuses on the interweaving of locality and globality, non-human planted stands and plantation cultivation, economic and ecological aspects as well as the common becoming of humans, plants and animals. Using the example of the everyday fruit rosehip, these complex relationships are analysed against the backdrop of current ecological crises, with recourse to post-anthropocentric theories, and the power of the rosehip to act and have an impact is elaborated. In this way, the study aims to contribute to an understanding of the possibilities for shaping rural spaces and economies as well as the production of basic products of human life under the conditions of the Anthropocene.

Doctoral studies at the graduate school since winter 2021/2022.