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.

Fri 28th October 2016 11:00 to 13:00

Hybrids, Breeds, and Brands: How “Heritage" Pigs Matter

Brad Weiss (College of William and Mary University)

Department Seminars

Wed 2nd November 2016 16:00 to 18:00

Film: Splinters (2011)

Directed by Adam Pesce. Runtime 94 mins. Splinters explores surfing in Papua New Guinea. After an Australian pilot leaves behind his surfboard at rural Vanimo, surfing not only becomes a popular sport but is seen to be a new road by which to access moder...

Thu 3rd November 2016 17:00

Beyond a boundary: Cosmopolitanism and Creoledom

Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo

Even today, the boundary remains a key concept in the anthropology of identity, following the late Fredrik Barth's seminal work, notably in Ethnic Groups and Boundaries. Barth showed, famously, how ideas and concepts, practices and even people could cross...

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

Reverse Curse: The Everyday Ethics of Resources in Venezuelan Amazonia

Amy Penfield (University of London)

Department Seminars

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

The Senses in Post-War Driving

Andrew Dawson (University of Melbourne)

Department Seminars

See all events.