Social Anthropology at St Andrews is internationally renowned for its innovative teaching and cutting-edge research. In the beautiful setting of Scotland’s first university, we are a friendly community of researchers and students who have come from all over the world to study here.

Social Anthropology at St Andrews teaches you to take a comparative and global view of what it means to be human and how to look at the world from other people’s perspectives.

The Department has strongly established research on Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pacific, Africa, Europe, and Asia. We have championed innovative ethnographic methods and theoretical scholarship regarding the relationship between anthropology and history, epistemology, and cosmopolitan studies.

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

Phone : +44 (0)1334 462977

General and Sub-Honours Undergraduate Enquiries: 
Ms Mhairi McColl

General, Honours Undergraduate and Postgraduate Enquiries: Mrs Lisa Neilson


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  1. Apr


    Listening to censorship in Mexico’s ‘democratic transition’

    April 24 @ 14:00 - 16:00

    Dr Andrew Green (University of Glasgow)

    CAS Library
  2. Apr


    Water sources: setting down the laws of the land in the Entablo of Casta, Peru (1921)

    April 25 @ 16:00 - 18:00

    Dr Sarah Bennison

    United College, Room 50
  3. Apr


    “Class, coercion and optimism on a housing estate in England”

    April 26 @ 11:00 - 13:00

    Ryan Davey

    United College, Room 50
  4. May


    Alta California : Mexican liberal state building, the legacy of empire and the continuing rivalry for North America (1810s-1850)

    May 8 @ 14:00 - 16:00

    Dr Emmanuelle Perez Tisserant (University of Toulouse)

    CAS Library