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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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interdisciplinary Lecture Series: Silicon Mountains. Digitization and Social Change in Swiss Alpine Regions

This autumn semester, the interdisciplinary Silicon Mountains Lecture Series deals with the topic of digitalisation and social change in the Swiss mountain region. The lecture series is particularly aimed at students of history, social anthropology and geography. However, it also offers exciting insights for other interested parties inside and outside the university, who are cordially invited to attend.

Questioning the Safe Haven: Interdisciplinary Inquiries into Violence in Refugee Arrival and Settlement

A Workshop Series hosted by the Institute of Social Anthropology of the University of Bern

Organisers: Carolin Fischer, Manuel Insberg and Sabine Strasser

We are delighted to welcome eight researchers from multiple disciplines and various European universities from 14 to 16 September 2022 to discuss articulations and repercussions of violence in refugee arrival and settlement with a specific focus on European contexts. Based on empirical and theoretical contributions, we seek to substantiate the argument that violence does not necessarily end once refugees are granted legal protection. Across Europe refugee arrival is often coupled with violent experiences of continuous uncertainty, economic precarity and deportability. Hence, instances of violence do not disappear from peoples’ everyday lives. A key objective of the workshop is therefore to disentangle, challenge and ultimately better understand the notion of a safe haven and the scientific and political implications that derive from its shortcomings.


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