• 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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  • 01 January 1970

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

  • 15 October 2020

    Timothy Loh, a 2020/21 Young NUS Fellow with Yale-NUS Anthropology, has recently been awarded this year’s Graduate Student Paper Prize by the Middle East Studies Association for his paper Language in Medical Worlds: The Politics of Hearing Technology, Speaking, and Arabic for Deaf Children in Jordan. Read more about his work here: https://www.timothyyloh.com/. Congratulations, Timothy!

  • 15 October 2020

    The Anthropology department was honoured to host Dr Jeremy Lim on the 14th of October 2020 for a discussion based on the topic: “Do We Believe in Health Equity in Singapore?” A big thank you to Dr Lim and everyone who attended for the lively discussion!

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Latest Events

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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4 November 2019 (Mon) , 4:30pm-6:00pm
After Labor
This talk is given by Profs. John and Jean Comaroff, visiting professors from Harvard University. Concern has been st...
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18 October 2019 (Fri) , 9:00am-5:00pm
Changing (In)fertilities in Asia and Beyond
Exciting upcoming conference on Changing (In)Fertilities in Asia and Beyond, organized by Dr. Marcia Inhorn (Yale Uni...
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30 August 2019 (Fri) , 4:00pm-5:30pm
Buddhist Territoriality and Pneumatic Encroachment...
Dr. Neena Mahadev is giving a talk on Buddhist-Pentecostal Rivalries over sovereignty, sanctity and soil at NUS AS8 #...
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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.