Social and Cultural Anthropology


Social and Cultural Anthropology is concerned with the diversity of human cultures and societies. The aim of the study of anthropology (studying Social and Cultural Anthropology in Zürich), is to understand the richness and historical multiplicity of the ecological, economic, political, legal, social and cultural dimensions of human society.


Anthropological research is primarily concerned with the integration of the local into regional, national and global contexts. Anthropologists at the ISEK - Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Zürich explore a wide range of social phenomena such as villages and urban spaces in the Global North and Global South, everyday practices, social and religious movements, jurisprudence, as well as violent conflicts and the activities of state and international institutions (focus areas Social and Cultural Anthropology in Zürich).

Featured Current Research


'Spice Chains'
Vietnamese Star Anise, Global Markets, and the Making of an Indigenous Commodity.


Exkursion Zentralasien 2010 Gruppenfoto

Upcoming Excursions
Aa research excursion to Uganda will take place in July 2017.

More on this Research Project Northern India 2017
Chair Prof. Dr. Derks Uganda 2017: Info and announcement (in German)
Southeast Asia Central Asia: Impressions (coming soon)
Other Research Projects Cambodia 2016: Impressions (coming soon)