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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 News & Events


Eine Ethnographic Novel

verfasst von Studierenden des Seminars "Antidiskriminatorische kollaborative Anthropologie zwischen Studierenden und Lehrenden" im SoSe 2024


Der Atlas des Arktischen Permafrosts: Eine Reise durch eisige Welten

16.10.2024, 18:30 Uhr

Naturhistorische Museum Wien

mit: Peter Schweitzer, Alexandra Meyer, Victoria Martin, Andreas Richter, Olga Povoroznyuk, Helena Bergstedt, Susanna Gartler...


 Event Tips

Online Lecture Series of ICC Sophia University and the Free University of Berlin

Hosted by Megha Wadhwa & David H. Slater

online Event

Hier finden sich aktuelle Veranstaltungen der Universität Wien


am Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, UniVie

Bewerbungsfrist: 01.09.2024

Hier geht es zu den aktuellen Stellenausschreibungen der Uni Wien.


EthnoDoks 2024


organized by CEU and univie

application deadline: 15.08.2024

at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology within the team led by Peter Schweitzer

application deadline: 21.07.2024

established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics

Deadlines three times a...