The Institute of Social Anthropology teaches social anthropology in its full diversity. Key areas of research at our institute include (but are not limited to): migration, anthropology of the state, economic and ecological anthropology as well as media anthropology. Our different degree programs – one bachelor and three master’s programs which include the specialised master’s program Anthropology of Transnationalism and the State (ATS) and CREOLE – provide students with a thorough grounding in anthropological theory and methodology. Furthermore, they offer vast possibilities for specialisation. The Institute of Social Anthropology also participates in several postgraduate programs for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.
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News und Veranstaltungen
Anthropology Research Seminar (Institute's colloquia) at the Spring Semester 2021
Everybody who is interested is welcome! Attention: For Master students the visit of the debriefing is obligatory. New attendance lists can be downloaded and are available in the colloquium!
Please be aware of the new regulations to sign in for the sessions!
EthnoKino Shorts: Call for Submissions
The first EthnoKino Film Festival in Bern is upcoming 17-20 June so stay tuned! But for now we open the call for films for EthnoKino Shorts!
EK Shorts is a platform dedicated to the work of young filmmakers, students and amateurs. We invite you to present and discuss your latest short documentary film. An experienced jury will attend the screening and give constructive feedback on the aspects of research, storytelling, camera work and editing. The event creates space for new collaboration, networking, exchange and visibility.
How to Apply: Send us a short synopsis, two film stills and an online preview, preferably with English subtitles to firstname.lastname@example.org. Film length max. 20 minutes. We will cover your travel expenses to Bern by public transport from any place in Switzerland.
Application Deadline: Sunday 23 May 2021
Event Date: Friday 18 June 2021
Kim Kessler's bachelor thesis published in The Australian Journal of Anthropology
Kim Kessler studied at our Institute from 2011 - 2015 and wrote his Bachelor's thesis on the history of anthropology at the University of the South Pacific during an exchange year in Fiji. It explores the paradox that the Pacific Island region has great significance for anthropology through research works by Margaret Mead, Raymond Firth and Derek Freeman, among others, but at the same time the discipline of anthropology has a niche existence in this region. After completing his Master's degree at the University of the South Pacific, Kim developed his Bachelor's thesis into a publication. He is now a PhD student at the University of Otago, NZ.
Current situation - Corona pandemic
Under this link you will find the latest information from the University of Bern on how to deal with the Corona pandemic.
Due to the current situation and the Rector's directive, all staff members of the Institute of Social Anthropology are in home office. You can still reach them by e-mail.
“Living Water”, the graduation film of Pavel Borecký, PhD candidate of Michaela Schäuble will be screened at Vision du Réel Filmfstival in Nyon in the national Competatition Section.
Confronting Femicide in Turkey: Causes, Consequences, and Resistances to the increase of Violence against Women
Thursday, 11 March 2021
18.00 -19.30 PM CET
by Melek Önder
The lecture will be introduced by
Prof. Dr. Sabine Strasser (University of Bern)
Start of the SNSF research project "Convivial Constitutionality" by Prof. Dr. Tobias Haller
At the beginning of January 2021, the SNSF project "Convivial Constitutionality: Human-Predator Interrelations in Complex Social-Ecological Systems" started under the direction of Prof. Dr. Tobias Haller.
Sinergia Projekt Prof. Dr. Tobias Haller: Foodways in West Africa: An integrated approach on pots, animals and plants
Virtual Symposium at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study
"From the Colonial Nation-State to a Decolonized Political Community"
Ethnokino & Norient Masterclass with filmmaker Roger Horn
in a collaboration with Norient we are organising a master class with filmmaker and visual anthropologist Roger Horn. It is the final event of this Ethnokino Season "Ancient Futures" and it is also part of the upcoming Norient Film Festival Bern from January 27 - 31 (the program they have put up looks amazing!).
Audiobeitrag "Neofaschismus in Italien" im Deutschlandfunk
Der Deutschlandfunk hat in der Sendung "Aus Kultur-und Sozialwissenschaften" das Buch von Lene Faust vorgestellt inklusive eines Audiobeitrags.
Annika Lems, Sabine Strasser und Jelena Tosic took over the EASA book series
From October 2020, a new editorial collective took over the EASA book series from the previous editor Aleksandar Boskovic, who successfully curated the series for two terms. Since its establishment in 1992, the book series has been showcasing the work produced by members of the Association. The series has been published by Berghahn Books since 2003 and includes both edited collections and monographs. Annika Lems, Sabine Strasser and Jelena Tošić want to continue expanding the book series’ key role in fostering and showcasing cutting-edge work.
Pavel Borecky's film "Living Water" was selected for the "Testemonies" competition at 24th Ji.hlava IDFF
Living Water, an integral part of Pavel Borecký’s PhD dissertation at UNIBE, was selected to “Testimonies” competition at 24th Ji.hlava IDFF (October 27-November 8). The film is an atmospheric journey into the clash between the state of Jordan, agricultural businesses and Wadi Rum indigenous communities over the last abundant source of drinking water.
Frobenius Research Award Dr. des. Lene Faust
This year's Frobenius Research Award for an excellent dissertation in the field of social and cultural anthropology goes to Dr. des. Lene Faust and her thesis titled "Im Namen der Toten. Eine ethnografische Studie über die faschistische Nachkriegsszene in Rom" (In the name of the dead: an ethnographic study on the post-war fascist scene in Rome), submitted to the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Second supervisor was Prof. Michaela Schäuble.
episode of the Society for Cultural Anthropology podcast by Dr. Darcy Alexandra and Dr. Ather Zia
In this episode of the Society for Cultural Anthropology podcast, Dr. Darcy Alexandra and Dr. Ather Zia discuss poetry in relation to anthropology, answer questions about style and method, and read examples of their ethnographic poetry. Dr. Alexandra discusses her poems that draw from her work in El Salvador and the U.S.-Mexico border, which were awarded first place in ethnographic poetry by the Society of Humanistic Anthropology.
The Stories They Tell: El Anatsui. Triumphant Scale
at Kunstmuseum Bern
Public guided tours with Zainabu Jallo (cultural scientist and author) and Mohomodou Houssouba (literary scientist).
Sinergia Projekt Prof. Dr. Michaela Schäuble: Mediating the Ecological Imperative
Swiss Graduate Program in Anthropology for PHD students
Blogbeiträge zur Corona-Krise
Hier veröffentlicht das Institut für Sozialanthropologie Blogbeiträge zur Corona-Krise von Mitarbeitenden und Studierenden.