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People’s embeddedness in social relations and cultural frameworks lie at the heart of social anthropology. Whereas in the past, social anthropology set out to study supposedly simple social organisations in small-scale societies that were thought to exist outside and independently of the industrialized West, the focus nowadays shifted towards an inquiry of globalisation and related migratory processes. These developments led to a new emphasis on cultural differences and interconnections within the West as well as its relation to other regions in the world. Contemporary social anthropology is dedicated to a critical appraisal of such processes and to the development of solution-oriented approaches. Consequently, Europe provides a field of activity for social anthropology. Comparative case studies, philological-historical analysis and empirical data collections constitute indispensable methods necessary for conducting successful and valuable research in social anthropology. Moreover, multi-disciplinary research activities and international cooperation are essential to the accomplishment of our research objectives.

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[2017/05/08] Jour Fixe "Nahost aktuell": Sebastian Sons - Saudi-Arabien und die Herausforderungen nach dem 'Arabischen Frühling'



Sebastian Sons (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik): "Saudi-Arabien und die Herausforderungen nach dem 'Arabischen Frühling'"

Monday, 8. May 2017, 7 PM

[2017/05/11] ISA Research Forum: Buddhism, Economy, and Gender among the Tai Lue of Sipsong Panna (P.R. CHINA)



Roger Casas (Austrian Academy of Sciences): "Buddhism, Economy, and Gender among the Tai Lue of Sipsong Panna (P.R. CHINA)"

Thursday, 11. May 2017, 4 PM

[2017/05/23] ISA Regional Guest Lecture: Johann Angerler - Reflections on the Relationship between Nature and Political Order in Indonesian Storytelling



Johann Angerler (Independent Researcher associated with the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Carribean Studies): "Reflections on the Relationship between Nature and Political Order in Indonesian Storytelling"

Tuesday, 23. May 2017, 4 PM

Nomadic Artefacts

LANG, Maria-Katharina (ed.)
Nomadic Artefacts: A scientific-artistic travelogue. Reihe: Veröffentlichungen zur Sozialanthropologie.

(ISBN: 978-3-7001-8044-9)

Meanings of Community across Medieval Eurasia

meanings of community

HOVDEN, Eirik; LUTTER, Christina and POHL, Walter (eds)
Meanings of Community across Medieval Eurasia: Comparative Approaches.
(BRILL, Open Access)
(ISBN: 9789004311978, DOI: 10.1163/9789004315693)

The Illuminating Mirror


CZAJA, Olaf; HAZOD, Guntram
Tibetan Studies in Honour of Per K. Sørensen on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday.
(Reichert Verlag)
(ISBN: 978-3-9549-0137-1)

ÖAW Workingpaper, Band 30

Band 30
Lena Springer
Safeguarding Chinese Materia Medica: One Family as a Case of Transmitting Trans-Regional Pharma-Craft, and Scholarly Science in Contemporary China

Project Presentation
Materiality and Material Culture in Tibet

materialitaet jahodaProject leader: Christian Jahoda
Collaborators: Hubert Feiglstorfer, Guntram Hazod, Christiane Kalantari, Utruk Tsering
Duration: 01.01.2017-31.12.2018

Financing: Innovationsfonds „Forschung, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft“, ÖAW