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


Sune Haugbølle

21.06.2023, 17:00 Uhr

HS-C, IKSA und online


A mini-lecture series organized by Noura Salahaldeen and Klaudia Wieser



Studierende der Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften pitchen ihre Masterarbeiten

22.06.2023, 14:30 Uhr

Alte Kapelle, Campus/Altes AKH

 Event Tips

Ghassan Hage

15.06.2023, 16:00 Uhr


Universität Bayreuth

Sommer Semester 2023

hybrides Event

Hier finden sich aktuelle Veranstaltungen der Universität Wien


on the project: "COMPLEXITY: From small-scale cooperative herding groups to nomadic empires – a cross-cultural approach"(ERC consolidator grant) ...

im Arbeitsbereich von Ayse Caglar am IKSA

Bewerbungsfrist: 27.06.2023

Hier geht es zu den aktuellen Stellenausschreibungen der Uni Wien.


7th CASA Biennial Conference 2023

Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague

6 - 8 October 2023

Deadline: 15.06.2023

Interessierte (Jung-)Wissenschafter*innen können sich wieder für zahlreiche Preise, Förderungen und Stipendien bewerben.

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