Antropologia storica

Corso opzionale svolto a Vienna

Learning Outcomes

After the successful completion of the integrated course, students will have gained the following knowledge and skills:

  • Knowledge about Historical Anthropology’s issues, methods and results
  • Understanding of the history of individualization and modernization in Central Europe – from collective societies to the age of self
  • The students will be challenged to question and put in perspective the psychological and psychoanalytical concepts of humans and human behavior


This interactive lecture + tutorial introduces Historical Anthropology: a science which is devoted to enlighten the history of humans and human behavior, the history of the conditio humana. Historical Anthropology connects historical, psychological, and cultural scientific approaches and asks about the horizons of humans and human behavior beyond time and eras. Historical Anthropology is therefore devoted to the core dimensions of being human: to the history of emotions and perceptions, the development of expectations and experiences as well as to the history of acquisition and co-creation of objective and subjective life contexts.

  • How did humans love in the Middle Ages?
  • What did burgess and farmers believe in during Early Modern Age?
  • Since when are children allowed to be children?
  • What did soldiers feel in the trenches during World War 1?
  • How did the self-concept of women develop in the 20th century?
  • What does a product like the smartphone mean for everyday life in the 21st century?

Student’s Material and Literature

Wulf, Christoph (2016). On Historical Anthropology: An

Introduction. The Senses and Society 11 (1): 7-23, DOI:


Tanner, Jakob (2008). Historische Anthropologie zur Einführung.

Jenius Verlag.

Literature will be provided

Teaching and Training

Teaching and training methods:

  • Lecture
  • presentation
  • discussion
  • group work
  • role play
  • movie


Grading criteria:

  • attendance and active cooperation
  • preparation of a presentation (either alone or in small groups, whatever the individual preference)
  • short written report about the presentation

Course Frequency

Blocked integrated course during the winter’s term (80% attendance required)