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M.A. Social & Cultural Anthropology

At a Glance

We offer regional specialisations in:

  • Africa (especially East Africa, West Africa and Southern Africa),
  • Asia (especially East and Southeast Asia),
  • the Mediterranean, and
  • North Africa and Middle East

You can specialise in the following cultural and thematic fields:

  • Anthropology of the Contemporary
  • Intercultural Comparision: Socialities, Religions and Ethics
  • Socio-Economics and Human-Environment Relations,
  • Media Anthropology, and
  • Globalisation and Translocal Mobilities

You receive in-depth training in ethographic field methods and anthropological writing.

The Master's programme provides the following key qualifications, among others:

  • Excellent intercultural competence,
  • Engagement in socio-political public discourse,
  • Profound analytical judgement and critical, networked thinking, and
  • Reflexive handling of anthropological and social theories, ethnographic methods and materials

Research-focussed Training

The Master's programme offers students a research-focussed training that is oriented towards the current regional and theoretical research foci of the professors and research assistants to tack up contemporary issues of political and social relevance.

Broad Range of Courses

'Climate change', 'Debt', 'Food and Food Security' can be seminar themes as well as 'Transnational Migration and its Impact on Social Relations' or 'Diaspora and Islam'. The wide range of courses is regularly enriched by e-learning modules (e.g. 'Comparative Cultural Studies' or 'Anthropology of Social Organisation').

In addition, our staff teach contemporary anhtropological theories, research methodologies and history of science at an advanced level.

Diverse Methodological Training

A solid and diverse training in methods occupies a central place at the Cologne Department of Cocial and Cultural Anthropology. It enables students to conduct their own field research.

Own Research Projects

In colloquia, you will develop your own research questions under the supervision of a professor and draft a research design for your own projects.

Finally, in addition to advanced techniques of scientific work, students in the Master's programme acquire further key competences through internships, research stays or professionally relevant courses. 

International Research Networks and Innovative Teaching Opportunities

The Department's involvement in international and national research networks and a large number of ongoing externally funded projects offer Master's students the opportunity to participate in current research projects.

Within the framework of partnerships with universities in Germany and abroad, field research internships take place regularly, which serve to practice a differentiated methodology and impart an extensive range of key qualifications.


Dr. Christoph Lange
Liliencronstr. 6
Room 2.05
Phone +49 221 470 4701
E-mail c.lange_ x _@_ y _uni-koeln.de
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Office hours are on Mondays this semester at Zoom and on individual request. Please contact me for an appointment at least one week in advance via email. Thanks a lot.
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