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ISEK - Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies Social and Cultural Anthropology

Social and Cultural Anthropology

What does it mean to be human in a global world?

What do people in diverse places share and how do they differ? How can we understand the relation between nature and culture? What makes societies change and how do people cope with such social transformations?

The research and teaching at the ISEK - Social Anthropology in Zurich reflect this wide range of study areas. The Department has a strong regional focus on Asia, but our researchers also conduct fieldwork in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Short film: Studying Social Anthropology in Zurich

Foto Yamsfest in Kalanga

Individuals and the social process in Kalanga (Togo)


Gruppenfoto Exkursion Zentralasien 2010

Upcoming Excursions and Summer Schools
There will be a a Summer School in India in the summer of 2023.



  • Thu, 8.6.
    19:00 Uhr
    8.6.2023, 19:00: Sechs Fadenspiel-Filme
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  • Fri, 9.6.
    09:00 Uhr
    9.6.2023, 09:00: String Figures: An Interdisciplinary Workshop
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  • Sun, 11.6.
    12:00 Uhr
    11.6.2023, 12:00: Kaiserbesitz und Handwerkskunst – Ein thematischer Rundgang durch die Ausstellung.
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Weiterführende Informationen


Zurich Anthropology Working Papers and Comments