Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology

Although the name was adopted in 2020 the history of this Institute’s scientific activity goes back to 1919. It is the oldest institute of ethnology in Poland. Since the beginning, scholars have specialised in ethnology, consisting of ethno-history, regional studies and folklore studies.

You have an opportunity to enrol in the English MA program in cultural anthropology!
AMU is a partner the CREOLE Network on „Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes” within which a new MA CREOLE program in Anthropology in English was launched. It has a strong focus on changes and challenges that take place in Central and Eastern Europe but is also open to other issues of contemporary societies around the world.

Participation in the CREOLE network makes it possible for our MA students to take advantage of exchange programs between Institutes and Departments of Anthropology in Europe and spend up to two semesters in places, such as Maynooth (Ireland), Vienna, (Austria), Lyon (France), Bern (Switzerland), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Barcelona (Spain).

The MA Program in Anthropology, focused on changes taking place in formerly socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe, will be of particular interest to postgraduates with such regional interests. Our students will learn how to independently conduct ethnographic research, critically reflect on the pending issues of our time and engage through academic research and public affairs. We will give our students an opportunity to develop their research skills and extend the range of methods at their disposal, by also offering advanced training in visual media.

There are many projects which show engagement of the Institute in public life of the city and country.#EtnoWiki – a group of anthropologists is involved in activities on Polish site of Wikipedia. They are creating, correcting, supplementing and translating different entries from the fields of cultural anthropology, ethnology and ethnography into Polish. It is an intercollegiate project run together with partners from Łódź, Wrocław and Warsaw.

Antropofon – project designed to “sound” anthropological knowledge, record it in audio form and make it widely available on the Internet based on Creative Commons licenses. The project is based on the idea of ​​open education and free culture. The goal is not only to reach diverse academic environments, but also individuals, institutions and organizations that are interested in the multidimensionality of culture and social practices.

The Centre for Migration Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (CeBaM AMU)
This research centre was founded in 2009 to integrate efforts in order to fill gaps in our knowledge about immigration and emigration, especially in western Poland. The interdisciplinary Centre’s work is led by social and cultural anthropologists, who shape the profile of its research, which is often qualitative, bottom-up, and engaged.

CeBaM AMU works with internationally recognized experts in the field of migration, and alongside institutions with many years of experience in the implementation of integration policies – including the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., the European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder, Germany), and the Munich city government (Germany).