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.

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Interview with Monika Palmberger conducted by Milica Popovic and Natalija Majsova in Journal of Historical Expertise, 2020

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Wintersemester 2020/21

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Tourismus als Maßnahme zur Ermächtigung bisher benachteiligter Bevölkerungsgruppen? Werner Zips und Manuela Zips-Mairitsch haben mit einem Team von Postgraduate-Studierenden in Namibia und Südafrika erforscht, ob soziale und ökonomische Verheißungen...

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Events
 

Von der Idee zur Umsetzung – Projektmanagement – Bring Your Idea!

13.11.2020

Anmeldung bis: 07.11.2020


 Tips from our partners

18.09.2020
 

Janusblut. Der Templer Code

Autorin Sylvia Vandermeer und KSA Absolvent Frank Meierewert stellen das Buch im Zuge der Kriminacht vor

06.10.2020,...

18.09.2020
 

Instituts für Geographie der Universität Innsbruck

14.09.2020
 

Ab Herbst bietet die VHS Brigittenau einen Sprachkurs in Afrikaans Niveau A1 an.

Kursleitung: Lydia Williams


 Job Opportunities

15.09.2020
 

Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (HSFK)

Deadline: 20.10.2020

16.06.2020
 

Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies and the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna

Deadline: 23.09.2020

03.12.2019
 

within an interdisciplinary research team of the University of Bern and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)

Deadline: 15.12.2019


 Calls

01.09.2020
 

Mit dem Preis werden drei Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen aller Fachrichtungen ausgezeichnet, die sich in ihren Dissertationen oder Habilitationen mit...

22.07.2020
 

next workshops:

September 4–5 (Deadline: 14.08.2020)

December 4–5 (Deadline: 13.11.2020)

14.07.2020
 

Conference, Research Platform Mobile Cultures and Societies, University of Vienna

18.-20.03.2021

Deadline: 30.09.2020