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
A Summer School will take place in July 2018 in Vietnam, and there will be an excursion to Central Asia in 2018.

More on this Research Project Vietnam 2018: Info and announcement (in German)
Chair Prof. Dr. Derks Central Asia 2018
Southeast Asia Northern India 2017
Other Research Projects Uganda 2017: Info and announcement (in German)