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

Events
 

19.-22.09.2018

Vienna Anthropology Days | IKSA, Universität Wien

Deadline: 01.02.2018

 

Events
 

Infrastructures: Imagination, Materiality, Process

26.-28.09.2018

University of Vienna

Deadline: 15.03.2018

 

News
 

‘Let them be screwed by the Troika!’ Blame, shame and ambivalent pro-Troika social critique in Greece.

Andreas Streinzer

News
 

On categorising. Doing and undoing ‘refugees’ in the aftermath of large-scale displacement

Andrea Behrends

Events
 

17.01.2018, 17:00 Uhr, HS-C

Die Herstellung von Differenz in der Wertigkeit von Menschen mit intellektueller Beeinträchtigung

Georg Gappmayer (in Kooperation mit den Wiener Dialogen der Medizinanthropologie)

Events
 

ZiF Research Group - Kinship and Politics

01.-02.03.2018

Universität Bielefeld

Events
 

ein Vortrag von Gertrude Saxinger

Mittwoch, 17.01.2018, 18:30 Uhr

Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vortragssaal

News
 

28.12.2017, 21:55 Uhr, 3Sat

Seychellen - Ein Meer von Farben

ein Film von Werner Zips und Angelica V. Marte


 Tips from our partners

16.01.2018
 

22.01.2018, 17:00 Uhr

Sky Lounge, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Wien

10.01.2018
 

18.-22.02.2018

Organized by New York University | Tel Aviv University | University of Vienna

08.01.2018
 

18.-19.01.2018, IFK Reichsratstraße 17, 1010 Wien

Organisiert von: Gudrun Rath (University of Art and Design Linz/FWF), Alexandra Ganser (University...


 Job Opportunities

17.01.2018
 

Das Generalsekretariat des Österreichischen Roten Kreuzes sucht zur Verstärkung des Teams der Abteilung ACCORD eine/n LänderreferentIn ab 01.04.2018 ...

05.12.2017
 

University of Konstanz, in the field of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Deadline: 26.01.2018

17.03.2017
 

Praktikum im Bereich Kultur- und Eventmanagement


 Calls for Papers

31.01.2018
 

Infrastructures: Imagination, Materiality, Process

26.-28.09.2018

University of Vienna

Deadline: 15.03.2018

 

10.01.2018
 

On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture, Issue 6, Winter 2018

Deadline: 30.03.2018

10.01.2018
 

Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw

23.-24.03.2018

Deadline: 21.01.2017