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Social and Cultural Anthropology

“We study the most relevant questions of our time”

As anthropologists, we work every day for a better understanding of the world. We study the most relevant questions of our time. The diversity of humankind in all its forms. We do this not just from our own perspective, but through the eyes of others. This is what makes anthropology different.

Our researchers can be found all over the world. We consider it of the utmost importance to contribute to answering the questions of today's world. We do so through our research programme Mobilities, Beliefs & Belonging (MOBB) and by orienting ourselves towards ‘applying anthropology’ in practice.

We offer two degree programmes: bachelor's and master's, as well as a pre-master's programme. Several times over the past years, these have been ranked at the top of anthropology programmes in the Netherlands. We have a broad focus, with the whole world as our 'field'. Our programmes are not one-way traffic. Through active learning we put the learning process and the development of the student centre stage. Students actively shape their own studies. In addition, we take advantage of student diversity to enrich our classes. 

On these pages you will find more information about our curriculum:

Education

Our curriculum has a broad focus, with the whole world as our 'field'. Through active learning we put the learning process of the student centre stage. Students actively shape their own studies. We take advantage of student diversity to enrich our classes. Finally, we pay attention to ‘applying anthropology’ in practice.

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Research

Our researchers can be found all over the world.  We study the most relevant questions of our time. Human diversity in all its forms. We consider it of the utmost importance to contribute to answering the questions of today's world. We do so through our research programme Mobilities, Beliefs & Belonging (MOBB).

Read more about our research.

Meet the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Department head Freek Colombijn, associate professor Luisa Schneider and PhD student Dewi Meyrasyawati talk about the department of Social and Cultural Anthropology in this video. The department enjoys collaborating with external partners, not only for research purposes, but also to make the world a better place. In addition, the department values the inclusion of younger people in new research.

How do apparently everyday things qualify as tradition?

In the last years, Dutch culture has become more popular. More attention is paid to tradition, architecture, design, heritage, faith and norms and values. This raises questions about the role of culture and associated rituals to investigate. Irene Stengs is endowed professor Anthropology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a researcher at the Meertens Instituut (KNAW). Her research mostly focuses on Dutch pop culture and Dutch heritage.

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