The Department of Anthropology has four principal academic themes that link together our activities in teaching and research. Please click below for more details.
Since its founding in 2003 the Department has been a focus internationally for the Anthropology of the North, involving the Nordic and Baltic countries, northern Russia, Iceland, Greenland, Canada and Alaska together with their links to north east Scotland.
The environment, and human relations with it, is an important theme in the Department's research and teaching. Current interests include perceptions of society and nature, human-animal relations, the politics of landscape and resource management and place, paths and movement
We focus on creativity and knowledge as central to a range of anthropological pursuits. A particular strength is the link with Marischal Museum's extensive ethnographic collections.
The Department’s research in religion is wide-ranging, but has a particular focus on Buddhism, Islam, shamanism, and the theme of death, embodiment and the person. It also covers ritual theory, cosmology and myth, moral subjectivity, and evolutionary theories of religion.
Follow the links for details on staff, teaching and research associated with these themes.