Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and The Ethnographic Collection

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and The Ethnographic Collection

Study Social and Cultural Anthropology in Göttingen

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. In our B.A. and M.A. programme, we provide education that is research oriented and aligned with contemporary developments in our discipline as well as with demanding questions and problems of our times.

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Research

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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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Due to a large building refurbishment, our museum is currently closed.


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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