Anthropology and Sociology

Understand global issues from a grounded perspective.

Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute, Geneva

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology approaches the study of international affairs and development by inquiring into how social and cultural life, as well as political and economic practices, are shaped across multiple spatial and temporal scales. Our master's and PhD degree programmes foster the study of contemporary issues in global and transnational terms.

Our faculty ground their research and teaching in a commitment to theoretical innovation, robust empirical research and fine-grained ethnographic fieldwork. From this, we develop critical perspectives on how global problems are experienced differently around the world. Among the few bi-disciplinary departments of anthropology and sociology in Europe, our work bridges conventional North-South divides, theory and practice, and the worlds of academia and policy.

Be it in Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, or in Europe, North and South America, our research is primarily geared towards the analysis of social, political, economic, legal and cultural phenomena across the following domains:

  • Governance, the state, international organisations, law and policy
  • Global security and everyday insecurity, violence and conflict
  • Markets, land, labour and corporations
  • Migration, forced displacement, borders and minorities
  • Poverty, inequality and social movements
  • Race, ethnicity and gender relations
  • Environment, rural development, agriculture and food security
  • Cities and urban issues
  • Bio-medicine and bio-technologies
  • Visual and material culture
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ABOUT THE ANSO DEPARTMENT

Swiss Anthropological Association Conference

The Global as Method: Ethnographic Scales in the 21st century

8 November - 9 November 2019, Graduate Institute | Maison de la paix, Geneva

Upcoming events

Gregoire Mallard

Gift Exchange: The Transnational History of a Political Idea

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Resources and advice for students and researchers

Research projects

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How can Latin America move beyond populism?
How are anthropology and the environment related?
An anthropologist with an eye for the visual

Contact us

 

Mailing Address

Anthropology and Sociology
Maison de la paix
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A
Case Postale 1672
CH-1211 Genève 1

Email: anso@graduateinstitute.ch

Access

The Maison de la paix is located at Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A, on the corner of Avenue de France. You may take tram 15 until the Maison de la paix stop or, alternatively, walk a few minutes from the stop at Place des Nations. 

 

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