Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Research in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Cultural Anthropology

Research by Uppsala anthropologists currently working at the department is undertaken in Africa (Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia), in Asia (Iran, Japan, Jordan, Philippines, Syria, Thailand), Europe (Iceland, Italy, Russia, and Sweden), in Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil), Oceania (Papua New Guinea) and in Circumpolar areas (Alaska, Russia, Scandinavia).

Uppsala anthropologists have produced noteworthy and innovative scholarship. In general, researchers conduct long-term anthropological fieldwork in their respective fields. The teaching in cultural anthropology at Uppsala University is grounded in ethnographic field research. Hence our different educational programmes are inspired by the teachers' own field research experiences and insights.

International networks also colour the department. We regularly host visitors from abroad, organise guest lectures, lead international workshops open to staff and students, and initiate international networks and programmes in research and education. 


Ethnology is a strong area of cultural research. The main object for the discipline is the cultural expression of groups and societies – often mentioned in terms of everyday life studies. It is leading towards an understanding of new ethnicities, modes of urbanism and multiculturalism. Other fields are children, youth and women, where ethnologists have established several networks and research projects. Etnological gender studies and studies of late modern urban societies have a strong impact on the discipline. A theoretical foundation also leads to new insights concerning marginality and areas of conflicting traditions and senses of history. With the ethnological research stemming from an interest in the indigenous Swedish culture, the historical point of view is not missing; rather, the problematization of concepts such as cultural heritage and otherness furthers ones understanding of the Swedish experience.

At the department, we have more than 20 active researchers, postdocs, senior lecturers and professors who conduct research. We also have about 15 doctoral students. What they are researching can be found under each person.

The department also has two thematic research environments.

Last modified: 2023-01-30