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.



Die Bewerbung für Lehraufträge und Bekanntgabe von Venia-LVs ist bis 06.04.2020 (Datum des e-mails) per e-mail an bewerbung.ksa@univie.ac.at möglich.


11–14 May 2020

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 Job Opportunities


Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Deadline: 15.05.2020


within an interdisciplinary research team of the University of Bern and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)

Deadline: 15.12.2019


'Ärzte ohne Grenzen' sucht laufend, aktuell in Wien, AnthropologInnen.



23.-28.11.2020, Kolkata

organised by the Calcutta Research Group (CRG) in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Institute for Human...


enrolling in one- or multi-year master’s programs at leading universities all over the United States

Deadline: 01.05.2020


Partnership and Cooperation for the Future:75 Years of UN Action

Deadline: 03.04.2020