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.

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Beyond a boundary: Cosmopolitanism and Creoledom

Thomas Hylland Eriksen University of Oslo Beyond a boundary: Cosmopolitanism and Creoledom


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.

Wed 28th September 2016 16:00 to 18:00

Film: Moresby Modern (2009)

Directed by Brendan Walsh. Runtime 52 mins. Moresby Modern is a documentary that follows 7 people in Port Moresby as they try to find a balance between local values and their middle class urban lifestyles.

Fri 30th September 2016 11:00 to 13:00

Whores might be released but not I: The Moral and Political Economies of Insanity in Early Colonial Namibia

Mattia Fumanti (University of St Andrews)

Department Seminars

Wed 5th October 2016 16:00 to 18:00

Film: Water…Anything can Happen (2015)

Directed by Robyn Orlin. Runtime 70 mins. An ecological fable that reflects on the impacts of climate change through dance, Water…Anything can Happen takes us from the ‘water music’ of the Banks Islands to Paris. Note: this is a French language film.

Fri 7th October 2016 11:00 to 13:00

An anthropology and archaeology of landscape futures in northern Scotland

Jo Vergunst (University of Aberdeen)

Department Seminars

Fri 14th October 2016 11:00 to 13:00

Rethinking Masculinity, Nation, and Sport

Niko Besnier (University of Amsterdam)

Department Seminars

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