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.



Die KSA Studentin erhält den Preis der Forschungsplattform für ihre MA-Arbeit "Das finstere Tal? - Frauen zwischen Ermächtigung, Antifeminismus und Reproduktion patriarchaler Strukturen in einem ländlichen Raum Osttirols"

Wir gratulieren!


Jennifer Hyndman

16.12.2020, 17:30 Uhr

online Event


Willkommenskultur und Stacheldraht

Beobachtungen aus der österreichischen „Flüchtlingskrise“ 2015-17

Marlene Persch, Milo Strauss (Hg.)


From October 2020, Annika Lems, Sabine Strasser and Jelena Tošić will take over the EASA book series from the previous editor Aleksandar Boskovic, who successfully curated the series for two terms.


Monika Palmberger & Philipp Budka

Der aktuelle Blog-Beitrag der "Digital Ethnography Initiative"



PhD Project Supervision in Historical Anthropology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ (ÖAW) Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA)

Submission deadline: 15.12.2020

 Tips from our partners


10.12.2020, 18:00 Uhr

Lecture von Mieke Verloo "Taking Radical Feminism Seriously: Learning about Bodies, Sex, Intimacy and Kinship from Second Wave...


Nauja Kleist

17.12.2020, 18:00 Uhr

online event


digitale Vortragsreihe am Lehrbereich Politische Wissenschaft am Institut für Kulturwissenschaft der Universität Koblenz-Landau

Dienstags, 18:15 Uhr

 Job Opportunities


Befristung: 1 Jahr

Bewerbungsfrist: 17.12.2020


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

Deadline: 15.12.2019


'Ärzte ohne Grenzen' sucht laufend, aktuell in Wien, AnthropologInnen.



für das Studienjahr 2021/22 an der Universität Harvard

Deadline: 15.12.2020


From October 2020, Annika Lems, Sabine Strasser and Jelena Tošić will take over the EASA book series from the previous editor Aleksandar Boskovic, who...


UNSA Vienna

Deadline: 06.20.2021