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University of Zurich - Department of Social & Cultural Anthropology

The Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Zurich emphasises the importance of an empirical approach to research as well as the ...

the department for social and cultural

anthropology at the University of Zurich has approximately 800 students out of which close to half are majoring in anthropology and the rest is taking this s d minor we have about each 30 to 40 master and PhD students and the rest is under graduates the Department of Anthropology is a great place to study because of its emphasis of empirical methods and not only in teaching but also in field work and field studies and it's a great place to study because you have not only the department of teaching but as well a museum the department for social and cultural anthropology at zurich is is specific in that it has a very strong focus on asia that is to say currently out of the two chairs that that are occupied one is dealing primarily with china the other one central asia that is me we give emphasis on empirical fieldwork for basically two reasons one is that we believe this is how anthropology developed as an academic discipline and second because this is what qualifies students even if they don't continue in academia afterwards on the job market and that's why we offer them possibilities for doing small-scale field research in

Switzerland as well as abroad in places like Kazakhstan China Uganda during the integrated study ethnographic museum at the University of T which is a university research on teaching museum our collections hold about 40,000 objects from all over the world with a collection which has an an age of 125 years we do not just want to store our treasures in our storage rooms but try to open them up and to link them and not only to research but showing the results of research to avoid a public our aim would be to partner with local institutions if every possible with university museums and I'm sure that we could identify mutual and shared interests the museum supports cooperation between technicians and scholars in that technicians and scholars do research on objects together if we see that a student has special abilities for doing research on artifacts we put them together with technicians and scholars to require abilities in both fields when they come out of the museum they r uz ologist they know how a museum runs and they have a PhD one reason to choose zurich for a PhD instead we give quite big freedoms

to the students although PhD here a large part is spent in the field and we have a graduate program in anthropology that all universities of in switzerland will offer anthropology combined we offer a modular seminars for 25 every year on special topics where people from all over the world are invited to kyoto and teach our graduate students I have to research projects at the moment the first one is on Islamic finance which is sharia-compliant investing in stock markets this also fits very well the department's regional focus on asia the second project i'm working on is on financial analysts as you might know financial analysts have a very large powerful position in today's financial markets and I'm trying to grasp what it does take from a culturally and social perspective to construct these forecasts here in Zurich we are in a quite privileged position we have many NGOs we have the United Nation here in Switzerland and so there are plenty opportunities actually if you're from Zurich a new social anthropologist for my detrol project I studying a life of internal migrants in an informal squatter

settlement increases capital city bishkek on the example of these internal migrants I want to show in the end of the relationship between state and society in post-soviet kyrgyzstan i chose the department of anthropology at the university of zurich for many reasons first it has a strong regional focus on Central Asia which is where I want to be an expert up and secondly the university of zurich is one of the top universities in europe with high quality education and good conditions for student learning and i hope by the time i complete my studies from the university of zurich i'll be a highly demanded specialist on the job market cooperation with different academic partners all over the world is one of the key issues to to move on with the anthropology as a discipline and we have quite a lot of those the particular close relationship we have with the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology where we have found it join center floor and geological studies on Central Asia which is to join forces and develop until probably the strongest group of people doing research in this part of the world

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