Anthropology and Social Work


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Photo: Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh (courtesy: Allison Joyce/Getty)


Both practitioners deal with society and its principal building block, human. While the anthropologist must study the human through temporality and situate as well as explain her or him in history, the social worker needs to engage with the world as it is and in that, still, be humanistic. At the IRIBD Center for Anthropology and Social Work we aim to unite these two fascinating research (and work) paradigms, and in our own way try to perceive and preserve humanity. We do not imagine this without you.

Write to Helal Mohammed Khan, the center research coordinator, with ideas for anthropological research or social work, at cas(at)

Research & Outreach

# The recent “anti-discrimination initiative” by the Polish anthropologists and ethnologists may be a good reminder of how the anthropologists may not only feel ‘obliged’ but also ‘authorized’ to speak up against misleading the public on culture. Download a copy of the manifesto, here. Read also the EASA statement of support, here. November 2017.

# In a short paper Helal M Khan takes a positive, albeit critical, view of the principal theory that John and Jean Comaroff painstakingly develop in their 2009 book volume on ethnicity and ethnic corporations. October 2017. Read here.

# Has ethnicity a way to survive, recuperate and relaunch itself? A brief treatment of Frederik Barth (1969), Ronald Cohen (1978) and Eugene Roosens (1989) can be found here. October 2017.

# Helal M Khan explores the precarious living of the younger members of the Rohingya community in several locations within Asia and discusses their research challenges. “Translocal Rohingya and the Study of Children and Youth in Anthropology“. September 2017.

# Three of Leuven’s (Belgium) mosques have been ethnographically studied, KU Leuven Student Mosque bearing the principal focus. Here is a short report. June 2017.

# Has anthropology effectively ‘othered’ the Muslims and the Islamic prayer place? Given the rising focus on anything Islamic these days, one would believe the otherwise to be true. Whether truly othered or not, here is an essay mapping the Muslims with the mosque, in anthropological terms. January 2017. Read here.

# Anthropologist and cultural studyist Moritz Kollmer looks into the culturally embedded notions and theories that have evolved around the symbolic presence of veiled women living in European societies. 2017. Download paper from below link