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European Ethnology is an empirical branch of the humanities concerned with examining and analyzing the historical and contemporary cultural phenomena of European societies. The key concept “culture” represents a system of social behavior and order that is, however, not rigidly defined, but should be understood as a form of social and symbolic practice, a framework for the continual process in which people develop the rules required for the organization of their daily and communal life.

The Institute for European Ethnology and Cultural Analysis at LMU Munich offers the complete range of academic subjects in European Ethnology, extending from the analysis of cultural phenomena on our doorstep to the investigation of cultural phenomena in other European societies, and including the processes of Europeanization, transnationalization, and migration, as well as cultural comparison. The time span extends from the Early Modern Period to the present, with the primary focus being on the period from the 19th to the 21st century.

Key areas of research and teaching are:

  • Urban culture
  • Industrial and work cultures
  • Eastern Europe
  • Memory studies
  • Migration
  • Nationalism
  • History of anthropological thought


The Institute offers a BA programme and a MA as well as a PhD program in European Ethnology. Most of the courses are taught in German. However the international PhD programme "Transformations in European Societies" is taught in English.

The BA in European Ethnology takes 6 semesters (120 ECTS) – during the first 5 of them students also take courses in a minor subject (60 ECTS). You can start studying the BA in European Ethnology in the winter semester.  

The MA in European Ethnology takes 4 semesters and also starts in the winter/fall semester (120 ECTS). Applications are open until 15th July each year. Students from abroad must submit special application forms. Please contact the International Office. For further information, please get in touch with Dr. Daniel Habit.

Incoming Erasmus students can also choose English courses from other institutes (for example, from Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, English Studies). You can find a list of all English courses taught at LMU here (please choose English as language of instruction/"Unterrichtssprache"). For further information on the course program at the Institute for European Ethnology and Cultural Analysis, please contact Dr. Miriam Gutekunst