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.

 News

News
 

Doing and undoing difference through childcare. A case from a Viennese kindergarten.

Anna Ellmer

Events
 

24.10.2018, 17:00 Uhr, HS-C

Critique, post-foundationalism and the need to do the right thing

Richard Rottenburg

Events
 

Symposium anlässlich des 50. Todestages des österreichischen Ethnologen und Archäologen

25.10.2018, 09:00-14:00 Uhr

Kinosaal des NHM

Burgring 7, 1010 Wien

Events
 

Arjun Appadurai

The Future of the European Enlightenment in the Age of Globalization

05.11.2018, 18:30 Uhr, Sky Lounge

09, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1

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A subseries of the Wednesday Seminars

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2. Workshop der AG Sammlungserhalt

30.11.2018, ab 09:00 Uhr, HS-A

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Ethische, politische, kulturelle Überlegungen zum Umgang mit menschlichen Überresten

07.-08.11.2018

IKSA | Weltmuseum Wien

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Studium (fast) fertig? Projekt-Idee im Kopf? …. dann bist Du richtig bei der Alumni-Akademie!

19. und 20. Oktober 2018, IKSA

News
 

Migrants and City-Making: Dispossession, Displacement, and Urban Regeneration

Ayşe Çağlar and Nina Glick Schiller

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 Tips from our partners

18.10.2018
 

22.11.2018, 18:00 Uhr

Theater Akzent, Theresianumgasse 18, 1040 Wien

12.10.2018
 

22.10.2018, 19:00 Uhr

Hauptbücherei Wien - Am Gürtel, Veranstaltungssaal

Urban-Loritz-Platz 2a, 1070 Wien

27.09.2018
 

Research, protection and preservation of Nepal’s cultural heritage

22.-23.10.2018

Room 2.25, 2nd floor, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual...


 Job Opportunities

18.10.2018
 

Fachbereichen Bildung, Wissenschaft, Kultur und Kommunikation/Information

18.10.2018
 

Analyzing the ongoing forest transition in Laos from a socioecological perspective

Institute of Social Ecology Vienna, Department of Economics and...

15.10.2018
 

Universität Freiburg

Deadline: 16.11.2018


 Calls for Papers

15.10.2018
 

Deadline Dan David Prize: 30.11.2018

Deadline Scholarships: 10.03.2019

08.10.2018
 

Eine vom Forschungsservice und der Nachwuchsförderung zusammengestellte Liste aktueller Ausschreibungen.

28.05.2018
 

Die Verteilung von Vermögen und/ oder Einkommen als Gradmesser der Ungleichheit?

Deadline: 31.12.2018