Welcome to the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Our Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology is characterized by a diverse range of subjects that spans three areas: country-specific foci, subject-specific theories and Methods, and anthropological career opportunities.
Country Specific foci
Our country-specific foci are South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan) and Eastern and Southern Africa (Madagascar, Namibia). Various courses are offered to give students an in-depth overview on these regions, while also preparing them for a semester abroad in one of the respective countries.
Unfortunately, our previous focus Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan), Caucasus and Iran cannot be offered for now due to some strucutral changes within the Department. Soon, we will give more information about it on this website. If you have specific questions, please don't hestitate to ask Prof. Dr. Gabriele Alex.
The department lecturers’ various foci cover many sub-areas of social and cultural anthropology, making it possible to guarantee diverse and interesting course offerings. Central areas of research are:
- Exchange and offerings (see the research of Dr. Sabine Klocke-Daffa)
- Rituals and religious knowledge (see the research of Prof. Dr. Roland Hardenberg and Amrisho Lashkariev)
- Healing and health (see the research of Prof. Dr. Gabriele Alex)
- Childhood and youth (see the research of Baktygul Tulebaeva)
- Anthropology of development (see the research of Dr. Shahnaz R. Nadjmabadi)
- Strategies for Social Security (see the research of Dr. Sabine Klocke-Daffa)
- Urban Anthropology (see the research of Susanne Fehlings)
- Applied Anthropology