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.



im Gespräch mit dem DOC-team (u.a. Suzana Jovicic vom IKSA) über das Projekt: Selbstoptimierung im digitalen Zeitalter



Wir gratulieren den Kolleginnen zu den FWF Stipendien!


Azra Hromadžić and Monika Palmberger (eds.)

-50% bis 31.08.2018


International Conference & Young Scholars' Forum

September 19-22, 2018

Early-bird ends August 15th


an der Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften

Bewerbungsfristen: 31.08.2018 | 15. Oktober 2018


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

19. und 20. Oktober 2018, IKSA

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jeden Sonntag um 11 Uhr


Reaktion des VANDA Student Organizing Committee auf den Boykottaufruf der Institutsgruppe KSA.


Hier finden sich aktuelle Veranstaltungen der Universität Wien

 Job Opportunities


Durham University

Deadline: 30.09.2018


Department of Global Development Studies, Queen’s University

Deadline: 13.09.2018


Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Deadline: 20.08.2018

 Calls for Papers


Call for Applications for 2019

Deadline: 19.08.2018


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

Deadline: 31.12.2018