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Last updated: August 2022

Medical Anthropology at universities

In Hungary, medical anthropology is usually taught as part of the curriculum for students majoring in medicine, psychology and sociology. Some university institutes are offering it as a course, not as a separate study program.

University of Szeged, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Sciences
Szegedi Tudományegyetem, Orvostudományi Kar, Általános Orvostudományi Intézet
Here Medical Anthropology is taught as an elective course.
List of courses

University of Szeged, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
Szegedi Tudományegyetem, Néprajzi és Kulturális Antropológia Tanszék
Cultural Anthropology is taught here as a Bachelor and Master Degree, the focus is on European Ethnography, folklore traditions, possible major on the Anthropology of Dance and Arts.

Semmelweis University, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Behavioral Sciences
Semmelweis Egyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, Magatartástudományi Intézet
Education → Elective Courses → Medical Anthropology (available only in Hungarian)

Eötvös Lóránd University, Department of Anthropology
Eötvös Lóránd Tudományegyetem, ELTE, Embertani Tanszék
Established in 1881, the oldest in Hungary

Eötvös Lóránd University, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Eötvös Lóránd Tudományegyetem, Kulturális Antropológia Tanszék

University of Miskolc, Department of Anthropology
Miskolci Egyetem, Bölcsészettudományi Kar, Antropológiai és Filozófiai Tudományok Intézete
Website of the Department of Cultural and Visual Anthropology
In the Master’s program, the available majors are: M.A. Visual Anthropology and M.A. Applied Anthropology.
Link to their research projects (in Hungarian)

University of Pécs, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
Pécsi Tudományegyetem, Néprajz és Kulturális Antropológia Tanszék
The major in Anthropology is taught since 1991. They offer a BA, MA and also a PhD in
Anthropology. (various sub-disciplines)

University of Debrecen, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Department of Ethnology
Debreceni Egyetem, Bölcsészettudományi Kar, Néprajzi Tanszék
It operates since 1949. Main research areas: Central and Eastern European Ethnology, Applied Anthropology, Social Anthropology, Religious Anthropology, the study of habits, ethnicity and of minorities. They also offer Museology at the BA level. They are also offering PhD in Cultural/Social Anthropology. Current research focus includes the inter-ethnical relations of the various nations and minorities living in the Carpathian Basin.

University of Debrecen, Faculty of Public Health
Debreceni Egyetem, Népegészségügyi Kar
Founded in 2005, BA, MA degrees in Public Health, Epidemiology, Health and the Social Sciences, Medical Humanities.

University of Babes-Bolyai, Department of Hungarian Ethnography and Anthropology
Located in Kolozsvar, Romania; study programs also available in Hungarian, at the BA, MA and PhD levels; social/cultural/religious anthropology/folklore-oriented studies

Research Groups and Publications

National Council of Student Research Societies
Országos Tudományos Diákköri Tanács
It operates under the Hungarian National Bureau of Research, Development and Innovation, publishes information, applications, etc.

Hungarian Doctoral Council
Országos Doktori Tanács
Information about doctoral applications, program requirements, stipends, etc.

Ethnographic Association of István Györffy
Györffy István Néprajzi Egyesület
It aims to gather researchers, professors and scholars studying Hungarian ethnography in Hungary and beyond the borders of Hungary, strengthen national identity, publishes the research periodical titled Néprajzi Látóhatár

Magyar Szemle
A research publication, containing also ethnographic reviews, short introduction here.

Research Centers, NGOs and Associations

Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Magyar Tudományos Akadémia
Website, Research group on Anthropology

Hungarian Cultural Anthropological Association
Magyar Kulturális Antropológiai Társaság (Abbreviation: MAKAT)
Founded in 1996, collaborates with a number of university research centers, institutes, engages in themes related to cultural, social anthropology, the study of minorities, ethnography without borders.

Aldebaran Social Studies Research Workshop
Aldebaran Társadalomtudományi Kutatóműhely
Founded in 2001, by the members of cultural anthropology studies at the University of Miskolc. The association aims to foster collaboration in the domain of anthropology, especially cultural anthropology, it provides information about grants, research programs and themes in anthropology. It also aims to establish contacts with other research-related institutions, private or public entities involved in anthropological research. The association also promotes scientific publications and promotes applied anthropology in diverse settings.

Anthropolis, Anthropological Association
Founded in 2002, it aims to fight against global inequality, initiates discussion about the globalization of culture and represents a critical attitude. The association fulfills its mission through education, dissemination of information and publications. Its main activities are: 1. to provide global education through the distribution of materials, organizing workshops and courses, 2. to initiate awareness-raising through organizing cultural events, exhibitions, panel discussions and conferences in reference to social sciences and development issues. It is also involved in educational activities and has a large database in relation to digital storytelling.

Palantir Film Foundation
An association for visual anthropology, founded in 2000. It creates documentaries about cultural, social, political and global issues with an anthropological undertone, promotes the organization of movie nights and subsequent discussion platforms, organizes anthropological film festivals and exhibitions.

Artemisszio Intercultural Foundation
Artemisszió Interkulturális Alapítvány
Founded in 1998 as a charitable organization. They believe in an open, tolerant society, where disadvantaged people are given opportunities and cultural diversity is valued. They promote the understanding between culturally diverse societies.

Comitas Pedagogical-Ethnographic Association
Comitas Pedagógiai-Antropológiai Közhasznú Egyesület
Its main goal is to promote the understanding of cultural differences, it strives for enhancing intercultural knowledge, through the organization of workshops, events, discussion forums, etc.

Szimbiózis Cultural Anthropological Foundation
Szimbiózis Kulturális Antropológiai Alapítvány
Founded in 1992, it aims to foster intercultural understanding, cultural education and awareness raising. They annually organize the cultural festival called Szimbiozis, disseminate their own publications, films and information materials related to diverse topics in anthropology. They also provide grants and various forms of financial support for field studies in anthropology, anthropological research and publications.

AnBlokk Cultural and Social Science Association
AnBlokk Kultúra és Társadalomtudományi Egyesület
Founded in 2008 by doctoral researchers and scholars, it aims to bring cultural and social issues to the forefront in society and into public discussion outside of academia. They have educational, publishing and artistic activities, they publish the AnBlokk cultural anthropological journal. They are also active in research and the organization of public events.

Further links and information

Collection of links related to Anthropology in different domains, it contains Hungarian, regional and also foreign links:

Collection of links related to Visual Anthropology, documentaries, etc.

AnthroPort, website for anthropological matters, includes a blog, information about events, publications, studies, etc.