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From the foundation of the Norwegian anthropological tradition to one of Europe’s top anthropology departments

With us, you learn to step into other worlds than your own, witness how people live and understand the contexts they are part of. Our researchers study society and culture through extensive ethnographic fieldwork. In this way, we seek to gain insight into how worldviews and self-understanding are connected to people’s everyday lives and social relationships.

Our faculty members actively engage in research on a wide range of topics, such as globalization, kinship and social organization, religion and rituals, material culture, political anthropology, gender and identity politics. In addition, we have in-depth regional expertise with particular emphasis on Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Oceania and Europe.

Since its establishment in 1964, The Department of Social Anthropology has managed to become the largest anthropological department in the Nordic region - and one of the largest in Europe. Both for the distinction of its faculty and the quality of its teaching, the department holds an outstanding position in an international context, with a 33rd place among the best anthropology departments in the world (QS ranking). In the same survey, social anthropology is ranked highest of individual subjects at the University of Oslo.

As a research-intensive department, the Department of Social Anthropology has several active research groups and ongoing research projects. The department has in total received 17 research projects from the Research Council of Norway, 2 ERC grants, 1 large thematic H2020 project (partner) and 1 MSCA Innovative Training Network (partner). Its staff consists of 14 scholars, 10-13 PhD research fellows, 7 postdoctoral fellows and 8 administrative employees. Around 400 students are enrolled in its bachelor's and master's programmes.

Contact the department

Office hours: 12:15-15:00


Phone: (+47) 22856526

Mail address: P.O.Box 1091 Blindern, NO-0317 OSLO

Visiting address

Gullhaug torg 1 (Nydalen), 0484 Oslo. 

We are open by appointment only.

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