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The Anthropology Research Program

Research and impact

The Anthropology Research Program seeks to develop insight into how the dialectic between empirical research and theoretical reflection can be retooled into new forms of fieldwork-based research that can provide new knowledge on topics which we thought we already understood, topics that range from climate change, cultural epidemiology, poverty, migrationhuman-nonhuman relations, museology, music, post-disaster recovery, ethics, heritage studies, food and public health to creativity in business or the revival of religion in the 21st century.

Our program is one of the largest concentrations of socio-cultural anthropologists in the world. It comprises around twenty-four Professors and Associate Professors, eight Assistant Professors and Postdoctoral Fellows, and on average forty-five PhD students. Our members regularly publish in the very best international journals and university presses such as JRAI, Ethnos, and the University of Chicago Press. We obtain large-externally funded grants from Independent Research Fund Denmark, the Carlsberg Foundation, and the Velux Foundation. And perhaps most importantly, members of the Research Program in Anthropology apply their research results to pressing public problems such as climate change, post-disaster recovery, migration, and public health crises, such as Covid-19.


Recent publications

Researchers from AU are emphasized:

Baral, Anna. (2019): “Like the Chicken and the Egg”: Market Vendors and the Dilemmas of Neoliberal Urban Planning in Re-Centralised Kampala (Uganda)”, kritisk etnografi – Swedish Journal of Anthropology, 2 (1-2), 51-66

Harrisson, Annika Pohl. (2020): "Fish caught in clear water: encompassed state-making in south-east Myanmar", in Territory, Politics, Governance

Schneidermann, Nanna, Thanjan, Shari, Naidoo, Derrick and Jensen, Steffen Bo with Anderson, Yolanda, Mentoor, Karen, Noredien, Shakena, Noredien Haziz and Piri, Gift. (2020): Survival and Crisis in a Diverse Informal Settlement – an action research project in Overcome Heights, South Africa #24 Dignity Publication Series on Torture and Organized Violence

Schneidermann, Nanna. (2020):  “Texting Like a State: mobile phones, governance and voice in maternal health in Cape Town” in: Helle-Valle and Storm-Mathisen (eds.) MediAfrica – New media and social change in Africa, Berghahn pp 125-147

Schneidermann, Nanna. (2020): “The public inside out: Facebook, community and banal activism in a Cape Town suburb” in: Helle-Valle and Storm-Mathisen (eds.) MediAfrica – New media and social change in Africa, Berghahn pp 173-193

Public events

  • May 28: Celia Lowe, University of Washington speaking about her work on "Security and Mistrust in the Indonesian H5N1 Influenza Outbreak"
  • June 3: Anand Pandian, John Hopkins University speaking on his book ‘A Possible Anthropology: Methods for Uneasy Times’ VIA ZOOM
  • The book is available online here (thanks to Katrine Duus Terkelsen)

News and events

News and events are posted in the department's news list and calendar

Departmental Seminars Spring 2020

Research Program Director