Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies

Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies

Recent structural update

The Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies was established in 2019 due to internal reorganization of AMU faculties. Previously part of historical studies, it continues the tradition and activity of three institutes which are now  a part of the new  Faculty, with a broad-based undergraduate and graduate programs.

Undergraduate students looking for a Degree Programme may choose the core coursework in Cultural Anthropology, with a wide range of research-led optional courses and the opportunity to write a field-based thesis. On the graduate level, there is an offer of Master’s Degree Programme and a Postgraduate Research Programme leading to the PhD-level studies. The Faculty also awards postdoctoral degree in Ethnology (i.e.habilitation – a qualification as a university professor).

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.

Application for academic year 2020/21 will be open in June.

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).

Institute of Cultural Studies
Since 1976 focuses on research in the fields of history and theory of culture, methodology of cultural sciences and theory and practice of disseminating culture. It also takes interests in modern art, theories of aesthetics, semiotics of culture, media and PR, performatic perspective of artistic events, economical culture and urban studies.


You can become a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies by studying Intercultural Communication in English.

This programme was offered to help our students discover that culture matters in all aspects of our life and why it is necessary to engage intercultural perspective in contemporary life- work balance.  It is also about understanding how culture works and how we can use it to get the most of our efforts and interactions. Finally it is essential to develop cultural and intercultural intelligence which is necessary in contemporary workplace, public and private life.


Institute of Theatre and Media Arts
The Institute focuses on research in the fields of drama and theatre. It cooperates with The Humanities/Art/Technology Research Center (HAT). This research center founded in 2010 is a pioneer institution in Poland active in transdisciplinary research and artistic projects. The HAT Research Center cooperates with theoreticians, artists, designers and engineers of various competencies and specializations. As a scientific-artistic hub it initiates cutting-edge projects and research that are hard to define in a conventional range of existing artistic and academic disciplines.

The AMU Faculty of Anhtropology and Cultural Studies offers the following majors to prospective students:
Ethnology (in Polish and English)
Cultural Sciences (in Polish and English)
Interactive Media &Performances (in Polish only)
Theatre Arts (in Polish only)

Check the AMU-PIE website, here for short courses offered in English

For more information, please contact:

Wydział Antropologii i Kulturoznawstwa

Collegium Historicum Novum

ul. Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 7
61-614 Poznań
ph.  (61)  829-13-76

Dean’s Office – room 2.17 (I floor)

e-mail:  etnolo@amu.edu.pl