• Why Anthropology

    • Anthropology is a social sciences major that explores human diversity in both the present and the past. The major emphasizes ethnographic fieldwork and description as a perspective and as a disposition towards understanding ways of life and human action taking place in our increasingly interconnected world.

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    • Our Students

    • Anthropology attracts a diverse set of students with a wide range of interests. Get to know them today!

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    • Our Faculty

    • Anthropology features a diverse faculty with expertise in a wide range of topics and regions. Get to know them today!

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    • Our Alumni

    • Anthropology students have gone on to do a diverse number of things and hold a wide number of positions. Get to know them today!

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Announcements

  • 19 November 2020

    Prof. Lau Ting Hui will be speaking on the panel, Therapeutic Politics of Care: New Ethnographies of Asia. The event will be live-streamed over Youtube on the 20th of November from 11 pm to 12 am SGT. Join the live stream at this link: www.youtube.com/WeatherheadEastAsianInstitute/live.

  • 11 November 2020

    Anthropology Fellow, Timothy Loh, will be hosting a workshop over zoom on his upcoming chapter on Sign Language in Singapore on the 17th of November 2020 from 8-9.30pm at the TCT Lecture Theatre.

     

  • 21 October 2020

    Prof. Gabriele Koch has just published the book Healing Labor: Japanese Sex Work in the Gendered EconomyCongratulations, Prof. Koch!

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Latest Events

7 December 2020 (Mon) , 4.30 - 6pm
Design Ethicquette
Yale-NUS’ Centre for International & Professional Experience will be hosting the award-winning designer (an...
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20 November 2020 (Fri) , 11pm - 12am (SGT)
New Ethnographies of Asia
On the 20th of November, Prof. Lau Ting Hui will be speaking on the panel, Therapeutic Politics of Care: New Ethnogra...
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17 November 2020 (Tue) , 8 - 9.30pm
Sign Language Chapter Workshop
Anthropology Fellow, Timothy Loh, will be hosting a workshop over zoom on his upcoming chapter on Sign Language in Si...
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26 October 2020 (Mon) , 4 - 5.30pm
Anthropology Capstone Panel
Come listen to a panel of distinguished alumni and professor share how they put their Anthropology degree to use in t...
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    • Assistant Professor
    • Zachary Howlett
    What are the best reasons to study Anthropology at Yale-NUS?

    Anthropology has been described as the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities. Combining scientific rigor with humanistic imagination, anthropology embodies the best of what a liberal arts education has to offer. In the Anthropology major, you’ll learn valuable methods of analysis that will enable you to appreciate the full complexity of cultural phenomena. But you’ll also keep your eyes on the big picture, maintaining a truly expansive view of what it means to be human. In these ways, Anthropology provides great preparation for the professional and social challenges that you’ll face as leaders in the 21st century.

    • Assistant Professor
    • Neena Mahadev
    What is the disciplinary perspective of Anthropology?

    Anthropology is commonly introduced to students as a way of understanding cultural difference that involves “making the familiar strange, and the making the strange familiar.” To understand other ways of being, knowing, and doing, anthropologists work to challenge the assumptions of the social worlds we ordinarily inhabit, and become familiar with forms of social life that might otherwise appear as “irrational” or strange. This perspectivalism powerfully gives credence to other ways of being, knowing, doing, and aspiring.