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Social and Cultural Anthropology (MA)

Master of Arts (MA)

The program is designed to provide students with advanced training in a variety of anthropological approaches and traditions. It gives students the chance to develop a critical understanding of complex cultural contexts and provides them with hands-on experience of doing ethnographic fieldwork and gives students the chance to develop a critical understanding of anthropological theory.

Why pursue a master's in social and cultural analysis?

The Master of Arts (MA) in Social and Cultural Anthropology provides general training in the social and cultural organization of human societies. Graduates gain interdisciplinary skills to work effectively as consultants, mediators in multicultural contexts, or to pursue further studies in anthropology at the Doctoral level.

The MA program has four objectives:

  • To sensitize students to their ethical responsibilities as anthropologists
  • To provide students with opportunities to conduct fieldwork
  • To help students develop a critical understanding of anthropological theory
  • To encourage experimentation with the medium, form and style of ethnographic presentation.

The MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology, like other graduate degree programs in anthropology, emphasizes a pluralistic approach to scholarly theory and methods. It inspires students to engage in a wide range of research emphases in both established and emerging fields. This approach promotes anthropology as a discipline that transcends the divisions between the natural and social sciences and the humanities. An emphasis is placed on holistic examination of all of the biological, socio-cultural, linguistic, psychological and symbolic dimensions of human behaviour and thought.

Research is an essential component of the MA program and ethnographic fieldwork is key to the program’s research requirements. Students collect and document ethnographic data based on firsthand observation and publish a thesis which makes an original contribution to knowledge.

The MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology is supported by 9 anthropologists. In addition, sociologists in the department will also provide support to students with fields or topics of research which intersect with their respective expertise in sociology.

Faculty members responsible for the anthropology program:

Vered Amit, PhD (Manchester); Sally Cole, PhD (Toronto); Chantal Collard, PhD (Paris); Homa Hoodfar, PhD (Kent); David Howes, PhD (Montréal); Christine Jourdan, PhD (ANU) (Chair).
Associate Professor:
Maximillian Forte, PhD (Adelaide).
Assistant Professors: 
Kregg Hetherington, PhD (California, Davis); Mark Watson, PhD (Alberta).

Sociology faculty members who provide additional support:


Valérie de Courville Nicol, PhD (Carleton); Danielle Gauvreau, PhD (Montréal); Greg Nielsen, PhD (Montréal); William Reimer, PhD (British Columbia); Frances Shaver, PhD (Montréal); Anthony Synnott, PhD (London).
Associate Professors: 
Meir Amor, PhD (Toronto); Beverley Best, PhD (Simon Fraser); Daniel Dagenais, PhD (Paris X-Nanterre); Satoshi Ikeda, PhD (Australian National University) (Canada Research Chair); Sylvia Kairouz, PhD (Montréal); Katja Neves-Graça, PhD (York); Shelley Reuter, PhD (Queen’s); Bart Simon, PhD (California, San Diego) (Graduate Program Director); Jean-Philippe Warren, PhD (Victoria) (Concordia University Research Chair).
Assistant Professors: 
Marc Lafrance, PhD (Oxford); Amy Swiffen, PhD (Alberta).

  • Community, Migration, Travel, Transnational links, Elites, Youth
  • Feminisms, Ethnography, Histories of Anthropology
  • Imperialism, Neoliberalism, Political Anthropology
  • Environment and Infrastructure, Politics, Bureaucracy
  • Gender and Development, Legal Anthropology, Muslim Feminisms
  • The Body and Senses, Law and Society, Culture and Commerce, Art and Aesthetics
  • Creolization, Language and Culture, Food
  • Indigenous studies, ethnography, participatory research
  • State Violence, Racialization, Citizenship
  • Political Economy, Marxist Theory, Cultural and Critical Theory
  • Family, Suicide, Sociological Theory, Modernity
  • Emotions, morality, suffering and wellbeing, culture
  • Risk, Surveillance, Social Justice
  • Demography, History of Quebec/Canadian Population, Family
  • Food and Sustainability, Social Economy, World-System Studies
  • Youth, Addictive Behaviours, Population Health
  • Self, Body, Gender, Sexuality, Popular Media, Cultural Theory
  • Environmental governance and neoliberalism; Eco-citizenry; Post-humanism
  • Social and cultural theory, Journalism and media studie
  • Medicine, Gender, Racialization
  • Sex Industry, Mixed Methodologies, Social Justice, Policy Research
  • Digital Culture, Science and Technology, Social Theory
  • Social theory, Deviance, Sociology of Law
  • Men, Bodies, Senses
  • Quebec, Social Movements, Political Sociology

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