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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A Few Words from the EASA Book Series Editors
Sabine Strasser, Jelena Tosic und Annika Lems stellen ihre Arbeit als EASA book series editors im Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (AJEC) vor.
Transnational moralities: Europe’s persistent politics of irresponsibility
Video about our Institute
Blogbeiträge: Michaela Schäuble, with and without a camera
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.
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.
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.
Transnational moralities: Europe’s persistent politics of irresponsibility
The promise of solidarity
a new contribution to the Anthropological Theory Commons' debate on Solidarity.
Michaela Schäuble reviews the new film of Milo Rau “The New Gospel” for the Visual and New Media Review of Cultural Anthropologist
Minor keywords of political theory: Migration as a critical standpoint A collaborative project of collective writing. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.
De Genova N, Tazzioli M, et al. Minor keywords of political theory: Migration as a critical standpoint A collaborative project of collective writing. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. March 2021. doi:10.1177/2399654420988563
Does Commons Grabbing Lead to Resilience Grabbing? The Anti-Politics Machine of Neo-Liberal Development and Local Responses
Knowing Women. Same-Sex Intimacy, Gender, and Identity in Postcolonial Ghana
Neofaschismus in Italien. Politik, Familie und Religion in Rom. Eine Ethnographie
Special issue "Legal responsibility in an entangled world", Journal of Legal anthropology, Vol 4, 2 (Dec 2020)
Responsibility and accountability in entangled global relations are negotiated across jurisdictional boundaries, localities and scales of legality. In this special issue, we trace struggles for corporate accountability from extraction sites in Ecuador, Colombia and Peru to an abandoned asbestos factory in Italy. We enquire into the gap between the legal institutions which govern attributions of responsibility in procedural, tort and corporate laws, lived experiences of harm connected to transnational business activities and moral expectations of responsibility in global relations. In the struggles for justice discussed in this special issue, we detect potential ways of rethinking ascriptions of responsibility to reflect the deep entanglements of our economies.
Dr. Johanna Mugler im Interview mit Center for Taxpayer Rights in Washington DC.
new papers in the Journal of Peasant Studies (The Drama of the Grabbed Commons) by Tobias Haller
new papers in the Journal Conservation and Society (Institution Shopping and Resilience Grabbing) by Tobias Haller
The Hospital Multiple
The Hospital Multiple : New Somatosphere Series by Janina Kehr and Fanny Chabrol with an introduction on speculative infrastructures and the ethnographic possibilities of grasping hospitals otherwise.
Review of Michael Jackson's book "How Lifeworlds Work: Emotionality, Sociality, and the Ambiguity of Being“ (2017) (PDF starting at page 35).
Why the World Needs Anthropologists
Edited By Dan Podjed, Meta Gorup, Pavel Borecký, Carla Guerrón Montero
Special Issue "Does Commons Grabbing lead to Resilience Grabbing? The Anti-Politics Machine of Neo-Liberal Agrarian Development and Local Responses"
This Special Issue contributes to the debate on land grabbing as commons grabbing with a special focus on how the development of state institutions (formal laws and regulations for agrarian development and compensations) and voluntary corporate social responsibility (CRS) initiatives have enabled the grabbing process. It also looks at how these institutions and CSR programs are used as development strategies of states and companies to legitimate their investments (Anseew et al 2012, Lavers 2012, Schoeneveld and Zoomers 2015). This Special Issue calls for contributions analyzing how these strategies are embedded into neo-liberal ideologies of economic development (Escobar 2010, Haller 2013). We propose looking at James Ferguson’s notion of the Anti-Politics Machines (1990, 2006) that served to uncover the hidden political basis of state-driven development strategies. We think it is of interest to test the approach for analyzing development discourses and CSR-policies in agrarian investments. We argue that these legitimize the institutional change from common to state and private property of land and land related common pool resources (Haller ed 2010), which is the basis of commons grabbing that also grabbed the capacity for resilience of local people.
LAND is an peer reviewed open access journal.
Valuation Struggles: Rethinking the Economy in Times of Crisis. A Conversation with Susana Narotzky, Patrícia Matos and Antonio Maria Pusceddu.
In the midst of a seemingly never ending pandemic crisis, that deeply affects economies worldwide, “Valuation Struggles”, an interview by Corinne Schwaller, Gerhild Perl and Janina Kehr with members of the ERC-project team „Grassroots Economics“ published in Tsantsa, reveals timely insights into contemporary economic anthropology. It dialogically addresses key concepts and arguments that Susana Narotzky, Patrícia Matos and Antonio Maria Pusceddu have discussed during the 2019 “Anthropology Talks” of the institute, such as the interrelation between “grassroots economies” and “grassroots economics”, “geometries of knowledge value”, “class”, and “crisis“.