Teaching classes also focus on the main areas of visual and media anthropology, anthropology of migration, anthropology of religion, transatlantic interrelations, urban anthropology as well as ethno- and sociolinguistics specializing in indigenous languages. The disciplinary tradition of „Altamerikanistik” in Germany (which can be translated as Anthropology of the Americas) coincides with Latin and North American traditions of Antropología Cultural y Social as well as Cultural and Social Anthropology, since this specialization is multidisciplinary and combines archaeology, ethnohistory and anthropology of contemporary societies. Due to this, the discipline conveys a multi-methodological approach that allows one to comprehend contemporary phenomena on the basis of longstanding continuities as well as discontinuities. Methods of research include participant observation, qualitative interviews, visual analyses of media practices and media representations as well as a critical reading of historical sources. Students of the discipline engage in research and media projects; they also organize their own workshops and congresses.
Cultural and Social Anthropology at the LAI imparts teaching to students in all of the respective degree programs offered at the Freie Universität Berlin:
Cultural and Social Anthropology at the LAI teams up with the Institute of Ethnology to teach the BA degree program “Social and Cultural Anthropology”. Students may specialize on Latin America as their area of study after their third semester and intensify their regional knowledge through research projects, internships and the topic of their bachelor thesis.
Like every LAI discipline, Cultural and Social Anthropology participates in the MA degree program and offers compulsory interdisciplinary classes such as the modules “Begriffe und Methoden der Lateinamerikaforschung” (Concepts and Methods of Research on Latin America) (K 1) and “Konstituierung Lateinamerikas” (The Constitution of Latin America) (K 2). Starting with the second semester it offers a specialization on “Repräsentation und Verflechtung” (Representation and Entanglement) (Profile A) teaming up with the disciplines History and Literatures and Cultures of Latin America. Within this specialization of the degree program Cultural and Social Anthropology offers a special class in “Methoden und Theorien der Repräsentation und Verflechtung” (Methodologies and Theories of Representation and Entanglement) (A 1) and an advanced class in “Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie Lateinamerikas” (Cultural and Social Anthropology of Latin America).
The discipline also participates in the project module of the area of research practice
Due to major degree reforms this degree program has ceased since 31.03.2011 and therefore no classes are offered.
Students with a MA degree specialized in Cultural and Social Anthropology basically have the opportunity to initiate a doctoral study at the LAI in this discipline. Only projects with an affinity to the core areas of this discipline at the LAI are evaluated. Depending on the acceptance of their proposal Ph.D. students may work on their thesis individually or in a structured Ph.D. program.
If you are interested in presenting a doctoral proposal specifically in Cultural and Social Anthropology please arrange a consulting hour with Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kummels by contacting the office of her secretary, Ms. Marcela Osses.
You can find a detailed list of the current research projects of the discipline at “Research”.
Structured Ph.D. programs at the LAI:
For more information on the structured Ph.D. programs contact Dr. Ingrid Simson, Email: promotion(at) lai.fu-berlin.de
Cultural and Social Anthropology has recently developed several disciplinary and interdisciplinary projects for digital learning. This has been supported by the IT staff of the LAI and CeDiS, the central IT management of the FU. These E-Learning-Projects include:
For instructions on academic work, please consult here.
Studying Cultural and Social Anthropology in the context of the BA degree program "Cultural and Social Anthropology” and the Master’s degree program “Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies” of the LAI offers opportunities of employment in the following professional sectors:
* Research and academic work at universities (a Ph.D. is a condition for engaging in an academic career)
* Research and academic work at non-university institutions (such as IAI, WZB, GIGA, museums of anthropology)
* International relations (development cooperation, international organisations, NGOs, external action service)
* Media, culture and journalism (press and media, publishing houses, public relations)
* Intercultural mediation and consulting (in businesses, educational and health institutions)
* Art and cultural institutions (museums, cultural institutions)