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400016 SE Uses and Abuses of the Concept of Ontology (2016W)

SE Theory for Doctoral Candidates

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 15 participants
Language: English



10.10., 15:00 Uhr - 16:45 Uhr
11.11., 28.11., 12.12. und 10.01.,15:00Uhr - 18:15 Uhr
31.01.,15:00 Uhr - 20:00 Uhr
Ort: Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, Seminarraum A, Universitätsstraße 7, 4. Stock, 1010 Wien


Aims, contents and method of the course

The ontological turn in anthropology - for more than 10 years in the making - has opened up a number of possibilities for conceptualising the more-than-human or beyond-the-human dimensions of reality. While attempting to go beyond the confines of constructivist approaches, ontological anthropology has been accused of resurrecting essentialist notions of otherness and cultural difference. The course will provide a broad assessment of ontological approaches within the social sciences with a particular emphasis on anthropology by reading and discussing critical and affirmative contributions to the debate. At the same time, students will be encouraged to explore potential applications of these approaches to their own Ph.D. projects.

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