Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and The Ethnographic Collection
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and The Ethnographic Collection

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and The Ethnographic Collection

Social and Cultural Anthropology in Göttingen

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In Göttingen, we understand that it is anthropology’s primary task to analyse and comprehend how local actors experience and make sense of the complex processes of socio-cultural change in an increasingly interconnected, globalized world. It is our aim to contribute to a better understanding of different worldviews and different human experiences across places and socio-cultural contexts.
Our institute cooperates with universities and institutes around the world (e.g. Benin, Fiji, Indonesia, Philippines, Tanzania, Thailand). In doing so, we offer our students not only the opportunity to gain valuable experiences abroad and strengthen their intercultural expertise, but also to learn from lecturers and students of our partner universities.

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Teaching and Research

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In our study program, we aim to not only convey theoretical insights, but also practical skills to our students. Therefore, introductory lectures on elementary theories and methods of anthropology, based on examples and case studies from different world regions and areas of focus, are complemented with practical trainings and research exercises during which our students acquire applied knowledge in their field of interest.
Regionally, we focus on Africa (North, West, and East Africa), Oceania (Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia) and Asia (Southeast Asia). These are the areas where our faculty conducts ongoing research. The thematic foci and findings of their projects inform and feed back into teaching.
Our main subject areas and disciplinary subfields are migration and identity, transcultural processes, gender relations and dynamics, political ecology, political and legal anthropology, anthropology of religion, anthropology of development, historical anthropology, media cultures and technologies.

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Our Ethnographic Collection

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The Ethnographic Collection of the University of Göttingen is one of the most significant Teaching and Research collections in the German-speaking region. Its beginnings reach back into the time of the Enlightenment.

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