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.



Horizon Work: At the Edges of Knowledge in an Age of Runaway Climate Change

Adriana Petryna

10.11.2021, 19:00 Uhr

Barocksaal der ÖAW

Presse & Medien

Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek als Expertin in einem Beitrag zur erneuten Herrschaft der Taliban in Afghanistan

orf.at, 21.08.2021


Dekoloniale Ansätze zu neuen Ethnographien in San Miguel Tzinacapan, Mexiko

Patricia Zuckerhut, Dulce Perla Téllez Álvarez, Araceli Vázquez González, Pierre Beaucage, Lisa Geiger, Juan Martin González


Mit großer Trauer teilen wir mit, dass Univ.-Prof. Dr. Elke Mader nach längerer Krankheit am 8. August 2021 im 68. Lebensjahr verstorben ist.

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An der DLE Forschungsservice und Nachwuchsförderung, Uni Wien

Deadline: 30.09.2021


am Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Uni Wien

Deadline: 28.09.2021


Sorbonne University – Paris IAS

Deadline: 10.11.2021



43rd American Indian Workshop

01.-04.06.2022, LuxembourgCity, Luxembourg

Deadline: 15.12.2021


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