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.



14.12.2018, ab 17:00 Uhr



12.12.2018, 17:00 Uhr, HS-C

The body, beauty and botox: revisiting the 'awkward relationship' between feminism and anthropology

Jeanette Edwards



On September 18th and 19th, the Working Group Migration (AG Migration) of the German Anthropological Association (DGSKA) held a workshop at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna.


Workshop der Regionalgruppe „Zirkumpolargebiete & Sibirien“

Institut für Ethnologie der Universität Hamburg



an der Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften

Bewerbungsfrist: 07.01.2019


an der Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften

Bewerbungsfrist: 07.01.2019

 Tips from our partners


11.12.2018, 18:30 Uhr

Wien Museum Karlsplatz

Vortrag, Diskussion, Gespräch


13.12.2018, 17:00 Uhr

Dusjunct Moral Economies at the Russia-China-Mongolia Border

Caroline Humphrey

Seminarraum ISA; Hollandstraße 11-13, 1020...


jeden Sonntag um 11 Uhr

 Job Opportunities


Horizont2020 Projekt: Creative Industries Cultural Economy Production Network

Department of Communication, University of Vienna

Deadline: 14.12.2018...


Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies (ISEK), University of Zurich

Bewerbungsfrist: 15.01.2019


Zentrum für Populäre Kultur und Musik, Universität Freiburg

Deadline: 31.12.2018

 Calls for Papers


RC21 Delhi Conference: in and beyond the city


Deadline: 20.01.2019


Workshop RG Circumpolar Regions and Siberia

DGSKA Conference Konstanz, 29.9.-2.10.2019

Deadline: 15.02.2019


17.-28.06.2019, Beirut

Arab Studies Institute (ASI) and AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)

Application Deadline: 15.01.2019