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Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology


In view of the current dynamic development of the infection situation, the UoC will regularly review the existing restrictions and appropriate adjustments and measures will be communicated via the central website


We would like to ask you to check it regularly, preferably daily.


More information:

Fakulty of Arts: Information in regard to corona virus (in German)

Service restrictions of USB due to the corona virus

Information of the examination office PhilF on "Examination procedures and Corona" in German only.

Dear Students of Social and Cultural Anthropology,

Along with the University Management, the lecturers of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology would like to make face-to-face teaching possible again in the winter semester 2021/22. It is of course important to observe the development of the pandemic and the progress of the vaccination. If necessary, we will then have to adapt our planning to this at short notice (for updated information, please regularly visit the website provided by the Rectorate and the crisis management team of UoC: https://portal.uni-koeln.de/en/coronavirus/information-for-students-and-faculty).

We ask for everyone's tolerance if there are any changes in teaching formats at short notice. We strongly recommend: Protect yourself and others - get vaccinated immediately!

In order to enable as much face-to-face teaching as possible and - at the same time - guarantee the study ability of our degree programmes, we are now planning a double-track approach: A number of courses will be offered in hybrid teaching formats (face-to-face, if required partially online) and others will be offered only as virtual courses:

  1. Courses that will definitely take place online are marked as "virtual course" in KLIPS and are highlighted in red in the course catalogue (download).

  2. The hybrid courses (e.g. face-to-face classroom teaching with online streaming, or classroom teaching rotating weekly), have to be split into smaller groups due to the limited room capacity. In seminars, practical exercises and colloquia, the maximum number of participants is restricted to 30, so that we will split the participants into probably two groups. In the course catalogue (download), it is highlighted in red whether the course is planned in a "hybrid format". In KLIPS also, the hybrid format will be specified in detail.

Please check KLIPS and the course catalogue on our homepage for updates. Therefore, please visit our homepage regularly: http://ethnologie.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/

Please note:

  • Hygiene and infection protection measures will, in all likelihood, still be in force in autumn and apply to every form of on-site operation. According to current requirements, the following rules apply to hygiene and infection protection measures:

  • There is a compulsory test for participation in a face-to-face course: All participants must present a negative corona test that is less than 48 hours old or a proof of a complete immunization status (vaccinated, recovered). However, if the incidence level 1 applies in the city of Cologne and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the test is no longer required.

  • For all face-to-face events, traceability must be ensured.

  • At all face-to-face events, gatherings of people are to be avoided. In case of doubt, the minimum distance of 1.5 meters must be observed in all university rooms and may only be undercut in acute cases.

  • All participants in a face-to-face event must wear medical mouth and nose protection at incidence levels 0 to 2. This is regulated by the hygiene and protection guidelines of the University of Cologne (Download).

We strongly recommend: Protect yourself and others - get vaccinated immediately!

In addition, please note:

The availability of workplaces on campus is limited, and the time spent travelling between campus and home office may sometimes take quite a long time. For this reason, students who attend a face-to-face course on campus may only be able to complete a subsequent online course at a later point in time. Therefore, you should adjust your timetable to meet these challenges.


Download Course Catalogue Winter Semester 2021/ 22

Please keep following our planning here on our homepage (current state of planning 17.09.2021).


Please note the following procedure for lending and returns:

in order to have as little encounter traffic as possible, everyone must (only from Monday to Thursday)  book an appointment here

in case of loans the library needs additional information - at the latest 1 hour before the appointment, if possible already the day before - via email (ethno-bibliothek@uni-koeln.de):

1. the USB user number
2. Title, author and signature of the book(s)

At the booked date, the books already compiled and booked to your USB account can be collected and / or already borrowed media can be returned.

It is still not possible to use the library on site.
Remember to wear a mask in all buildings of the university!



Winter 2021/22 Upcoming Events

Selected Publications