Department of Social Anthropology

"Anthropology is the study of what it is to be human"

Social Anthropology at St Andrews is internationally renowned for our innovative teaching and cutting-edge research. Famed for our outstanding results and friendly atmosphere, and set in the ancient and beautiful setting of Scotland's first university, we were ranked first in both the 2014 National Student Survey of Teaching and the 2014 Guardian ranking of UK Universities. We have regional expertise across the world, along with three internationally recognised research centres:  the Centre for Amerindian Studies, the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies and the Centre for Pacific Studies.

Latest news

Distortion and Love: An anthropological reading of the art and life of Stanley Spencer

Professor Nigel Rapport has published a new monograph on one of the twentieth-century’s most original and controversial painters.

Conference announcement

Energy Ethics: Fragile Lives and Imagined Futures. A multi-panel two day conference to be held at the University of St Andrews, 17-18 March 2016. For more information, including registration, call for papers and bursaries, please see the conference website or Contact Mette M. High.


Department of Social Anthropology
University of St Andrews
71 North Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9AL

Phone : +44 (0)1334 462977

Email: General and Sub-Honours Undergraduate Enquiries: 

Mrs Mhairi Aitkenhead

General, Honours Undergraduate and Postgraduate Enquiries:

Mrs Lisa Neilson and Mrs Linda Steyn

What is Anthropology? A film by Igor Slepov, a former student at St Andrews

Future events

This is a selection of forthcoming and highlighted events - see also the full schedule and archive of Anthropology events.

Fri 19th February 2016 11:00 to 13:00

Too cute to cuddle? Intimacy and detachment in digital engagements with orangutan conservation

Liana Chua, Brunel

Department Seminars

Fri 26th February 2016 11:00 to 13:00

Laughter without borders: embodied memory and pan-humanism in a post-traumatic age

Nicolas Argenti, Brunel

Department Seminars

Fri 4th March 2016 11:00 to 13:00

Rethinking the household: reflections on the changes generated by movement and migration

Frances Pine, Goldsmiths

Department Seminars

Fri 11th March 2016 11:00 to 13:00

Dying Out: Conversion and the Complexities of Neighbourliness on the Polish Belarusian border

Aimee Joyce, University of St Andrews

Department Seminars

Fri 1st April 2016 11:00 to 13:00

Happy Neoliberals? Mindfulness and governance in Westminster

Joanna Cook, UCL

Department Seminars

See all events.