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.



within the ERC project “Building Arctic Futures: Transport Infrastructures and Sustainable Northern Communities” (INFRANORTH)

Presse & Medien

Report on the RAI conference panel “Critical play: Smartphones as a mode of creative engagement with crisis” during the RAI Film Festival 2021

by Sanderien Verstappen

Digital Ethnography Initiative-Blog, 02.04.2021



The inaugural conference of MemAct!

mit einer Keynote von Agnieszka Pasieka

online event


Leichen im Keller. Menschliche Überreste zwischen Rückgabe und Verbleib.

Uneingeschränkter Zugang vom 26.03.2021 bis 24.03.2022

Presse & Medien

Janina Kehr im Interview

04.03.2021, der Standard

 Tips from our partners


Hier finden sich aktuelle Veranstaltungen der Universität Wien

 Job Opportunities


within the ERC project “Building Arctic Futures: Transport Infrastructures and Sustainable Northern Communities” (INFRANORTH)


at the Université libre de Bruxelles Rice-Human Relatedness in Laos

Deadline: 20.04.2021


Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University

Deadline: 16.04.2021



for a Special Issue entitled “Demographic Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Consequences”

Deadline: 31.05.2021


Die sozialen Folgen der Corona-Pandemie

Deadline: 30.06.2022


Digitaler Wandel muss aktiv gestaltet werden

Deadline: 30.06.2021