Laura Kuen

Laura Kuen


Laura Kuen

Laura J. Kuen, M.A.

Doctoral researcher





Research profile 

Laura Kuen obtained her BA and MA in social and cultural anthropology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany in 2015 and 2018 and has worked as an ethnographic filmmaker and exhibition curator. Combining approaches from the environmental humanities and ecological and more-than-human anthropology with audio-visual methods, Laura seeks to make human-environmental relations comprehensible to audiences in but also beyond academia. Laura is currently interested in human-pig relations, small-scale farming, and foraging practices. Her regional and ethnographic interest is Ukraine.

Laura is a doctoral researcher in the ERC BOAR Project: "Veterinarization of Europe? Hunting for Wild Boar Futures in the Time of African Swine Fever." She is also a member of the European Conservation Humanities Network and the Ukrainian Environmental Humanities Network.

Research outputs

Scientific publications

2023    Kuen, L.J. Review of Eating beside Ourselves: Thresholds of Foods and Bodies by Heather Paxson, ed. Humanimalia 14(1).

2021    Kuen, L.J. Review of Eating in Theory by Annemarie Mol. Czech Sociological Review 57(6): 750-752.

2018    Kuen, L.J. & Snigirev, Y. ‘Our Freedom’: Sovereignty in Rural Russia. Journal of Extreme Anthropology 2(2).

Conferences and workshops

Conference presentations and talks

2023    Kuen, L.J. (2023/03/22). Feral Practices? Wild boar hybrid breeding in rural Ukraine. Relations and beyond: Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society, University of Lapland.

2023    Kuen, L.J. (2023/02/10). Has the salo arrived yet? Food and care in rural Transcarpathia. II. International Conference: “Identities at the Borderlands", Uzhhorod National University.


Film screenings

2020    Our Freedom. 15th Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival.

2019    Our Freedom. 16th Film Festival of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Bristol.

2019    Our Freedom. St. Petersburg International Historical Forum.

2019    Our Freedom. Baltic Summer School of Anthropology Latvia.

2018    Our Freedom. 7th International Ethnographic Film Festival Marburg.

2017    Our Freedom. flimmern&rauschen Film Festival Munich.

2014    Sitz!Platz!Aus! Aber a Hund war er scho... Ethno-Filmfest Munich.

2014    Sitz!Platz!Aus! Aber a Hund war er scho... flimmern&rauschen Film Festival Munich.

Grants and awards


2019    Teaching Innovation Award for the MA course “Ecopolis Munich: Environmental Stories of Discovery.” Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. 

2017    Excellent Student Research Award for “Our Freedom.” Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

Other publications and activities

Documentary Films

2017    Kuen, L.J. & Snigirev, Y. Our Freedom. (Russian & German with English subtitles, 52’) 

2014     Jost, M. & Kuen, L.J. Sitz!Platz!Aus! – Aber a Hund war er scho… (German, 34’) 


Co-curated Exhibitions

2019    Ecopolis Munich: Environmental Stories of Discovery. Werksviertel-Mitte, Munich.

2018    Cosmos Coffee. Special exhibition, Deutsches Museum, Munich.

2017    Ecopolis München: Environmental Histories of a City. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.


Online Essays

2022    Szczygielska M, Kuen L.J., O’Mahony K, and Keil P. G. Feral ethics. Thinking feral with pigs. New Alphabet School (HKW).

2022    Kuen, L.J. Waiting for the Frost: Slaughtering Day in Transcarpathia.

2019    Kuen, L.J. The Freedom of the Forest. STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography.

2019    Kuen, L.J. Ecopolis Munich: Environmental Stories of DiscoverySeeingthewoods.

2017    Kuen, L.J. & Snigirev, Y. Zu Gast und zu Hause oder Wo sich in Russland die Freiheit findet. (Being a Guest and Being at Home or Where Freedom is found in Russia.) Research Journal 2016 – Ethnographic Student Research at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. 11-26.

2017    Elders M, Kuen, L.J., and Schmitt M. Democratic Green. Ecopolis Munich, L.S. Gora (ed.). Environment & Society Portal, Virtual Exhibitions 2017, no. 2. Rachel Carson Center.

2017     Kuen, L.J. Danube: Environments, Histories, and Cultures: Vienna – BratislavaSeeingthewoods.



2019    Kuen, L.J., Lüdecke G., Mauch C. Ecopolis München: Umwelt- und Entdeckungsgeschichten. (Ecopolis Munich: Environmental Stories of Discovery) exhibition catalogue. Munich: Rachel Carson Center.

2018    Kuen, L.J., Sökefeld M. Forschungsjournal 2017. Studentische Feldforschungen am Institut für Ethnologie. (Research Journal 2017. Ethnographic Student Research at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology) Munich: Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology.