Welcome to the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Social and cultural anthropology adopts a comparative perspective to focus on the variety of forms that human coexistence takes in various places and at various times. In the past the field's attention was primarily given to small-scale societies outside of the industrial world. Nowadays, the focus of research is frequently on the processes related to colonialism, globalisation and the worldwide flows of migration seen in the present day, for example the redefinition of identities and cultural distinctions. The classical themes of local cultural interactions, organisational forms and world views are simultaneously developed, and intensive field research remains the field's defining characteristic in connection with the "participant observation" method.
Beyond scientific research, the practical application of cultural and social anthropological expertise is useful and sought after in many fields, including refugee work and integration, development cooperation, international missions, cultural mediation, exhibition and media work, tourism, and health care systems.

Events
 

23.03.2017, 19.00 Uhr, Volkskundemuseum Wien

LAST FORAGERS STANDING

Khaled Hakami | Thailand, Österreich 2016 | 26 Min. | kein Dialog

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Reworking State Boundaries through Care: 'Peasant Friends', 'Greedy Entrepreneurs', and 'Corrupt Officials' in an 'Alternative' Food Network in China

by Christof Lammer

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Die Handscapes der Kartographen - 24 Kartographinnen beschreiben Miniaturlandschaften auf der eigenen Hand

Buchpräsentation, Ausstellung, Podiumsdiskussion

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für Studierende der Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie der Uni Wien

Freitag 10.3., 10 bis 15:30, NIG, 4. OG, SR A

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'Hunters and Gatherers in the Industrialised World'

Editors: Gertrude Saxinger, Gregor Seidl, Khaled Hakami

 

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Von Tag zu Tag: Rapa Nui - Die Osterinsel. Karges Eiland zwischen Mythos und Wirklichkeit

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Arktis und Subarktis: Geschichte, Kultur, Gesellschaft

Gertrude Saxinger / Peter Schweitzer / Stefan Donecker (Hg.)

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Eine der dringensten Herausforderungen unserer Zeit betrifft jene um Flüchtlinge und ihre Integration in Österreich und der gesamten EU. Die Initiative „Mehr als Flucht“, die im Herbst 2015 entstand,...

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The ethnographic shortfilm 'Linked to Ink' (by Jörg Oschmann and Iris Omari Ansong) was selected for the 'Days of Ethnographic Film' in Ljubljana (SLO).

1st - 4th March 2017, Ljubljana

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IKSA - Gang A

Die FB Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie zeigt eine Auswahl ihrer Bestände, einige Fotos und 3D-Modelle zum Thema „Architektur in der Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie“.

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'How Generations Remember. Conflicting Histories and Shared Memories in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina'

von Monika Palmberger