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.



Von 1.2.-30.6.2021 ist Manuela Ciotti fellow am Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences


Die spezifischen Erfahrungen und Erzählungen der türkischen, kurdischen und jugoslawischen MigrantInnen der 1960er und 1970er Jahre nehmen nur wenig Raum ein, wenn die Stadt Wien sich ihrer selbst erinnert. Monika Palmbergers Projekt “Placing...


Stellungnahme der Studienprogrammleitungen Politikwissenschaft, Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Soziologie, Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, Vizedekan für Lehre Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften der Universität Wien

 Tips from our partners


Research Platform Mobile Cultures and Societies, University of Vienna


academic online conference


E-Health – Diagnose von Dr. Smartphone?

mit Eveline Prochaska und Tamás Petrovics

24.03.2021, 18:30 Uhr

online event


Annemarie Samuels

25.02.2021, 16:00 Uhr

ISA Online Guest Lecture

 Job Opportunities


Rethinking Environment: The Environmental Humanities and the Ecological Transformation of Society

Augsburg-Munich International Doctorate Program ...


Rural practices of solidarities in diversity in the labour movement

SOLiDi consortium and Uppsala University

Deadline: 24.03.2021


at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology within the ERC Advanced Grant INFRANORTH

Deadline: 30.06.2021



for master's and doctoral candidates, and junior academics

current deadlines: 31.03.2021, 27.07.2021


der Margaretha Lupac-Stiftung

für eine wissenschaftliche Publikation oder beurteilte Dissertation

Deadline: 15.06.2021


Deadline: 10.03.2021