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The Research Institute of Anthropology in the School of Social Development, East China Normal University, was established in the autumn of 2011, and has now completed three highly successful years of its existence.
The graduate programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology in the Research Institute of Anthropology at East China Normal University offers a 3-year MA programme which may lead to the PhD, or can be undertaken on its own. Our fields cover general socio-cultural anthropology and applied anthropology, with particular specialities and courses in the anthropology of food, visual anthropology, the anthropology of development, the anthropology of religion, ethnicity and minorities in China.
The MA programme is centred on the core courses of Cultural Anthropology, Anthropological Theory, and Anthropological Methods. Major elective courses include Issues of Power and Religion; the Anthropology of Food; Kinship, Gender and Women; Visual and Media Anthropology; Economic and Environmental Anthropology. Core courses cover anthropological classics, the history and theory of anthropology, ethnicity and Chinese minorities, and the anthropology of Chinese society. Other options in urban anthropology, anthropology of the state, and the anthropology of tourism are also available. The Institute also includes the Centre of Ethnicity and Development which concentrates research and teaching expertise in the areas of development and ethnicity.

Courses of Study

Students need 21 credits to complete the MA programme in anthropology. The MA programme is centered on the four core courses of Cultural Anthropology, Anthropological Theory, Anthropological Methods and Ethnography of Chinese Society, all of which are taught in the first semester (September - January). MA students also need to choose another four selective courses in the second semester (March - June). The MA program includes a period (6 months) of intensive fieldwork, on which the thesis will be written in English.
The master degree thesis should be 30,000-50,000 words in length (excluding footnotes and references). It must be based on original research, mark a new contribution to knowledge, show knowledge of relevant literature, and be well and clearly written and presented. Normally, in the third semester, original research for the thesis must be conducted normally based on fieldwork of 6 months. A proposal for field research should be submitted before that for entrance to the field. Supervision of the thesis is by a Panel or Committee of up to 3 members with professional doctorate qualifications in Anthropology. The thesis will be examined by one internal examiner (from the institute) and one outside examiner (from another institute/department or another university), nominated by the Main Supervisor. Three or five professors will be organized for the MA thesis defense.

Type of course Course name credits time
Core courses(total credits 8) Cultural anthropology 2 1st semester (September - January)
Anthropological Methods 2 1st semester
History of anthropological Theories 2 1st semester
Ethnography of Chinese Society 2 2st semester
Selective courses(total credits 8) Anthropology of Religion 2 2nd semester(March -June)
Visual Anthropology 2 2nd semester
Economic Anthropology 2 2nd semester
Classics in Anthropology 2 2nd semester
Anthropology of food 2 2nd semester
Research(total credits 5) Research proposal 1 2nd semester
6-month-fieldwork 4 July-December
  Thesis writing & defense   January-June(can be extended)


Core Program Faculty

Nicholas Tapp (Chair of the Anthropology Institute, ECNU)
Professor, PhD in Social Anthropology, SOAS, University of London. Main Research Areas: tribal social organization, ethnic minorities and the state, geomancy and religion, history and social memory, refugees and diaspora, development and participation, urban minority immigrants.

Chen Yun
Assistance professor, PhD in Sociology, City University of Hong Kong. Main Research Areas: sociology of religion, ethnic minorities of Southeast China, Chinese religious organizations.

Huang Jianbo
Professor, PhD in Cultural Anthropology, Central University for Nationalities in Beijing. Main Research Areas: Christianity in China and Chinese folk religion, minorities of southwest China, anthropological theory and practice, the education of migrant children, and the anthropology of literature. His book on The History of Anthropological Theory was recently published by Renmin Daxue press.

Horacio Ortiz
Associate Professor, PhD in Social Anthropology, EHSS (the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) in Paris. Main Research Areas: money, finance, ethnography and world history. His article ‘The Limits of Financial Imagination: Free Investors, Efficient Markets, and Crisis’ has just appeared in the American Anthropologist (116.1).

Liu Qi
Associate Professor, PhD in Anthropology, Peking University. Main Research Areas: religious anthropology, political anthropology, southwest regional research, theory and method of anthropology.

Wu Xu
Associate Professor, PhD in Anthropology, University of Alberta, Canada. Main Research Areas: food, ethnobotany.

Zhang Hui
Assistance professor, PhD in Education, University of California, Los Angeles. Main Research Areas: culture theories, intangible heritage preservation, critical museum studies, media and visual anthropology, and educational anthropology.

Zhu Yujing
Assistance professor, PhD in anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Main Research Areas: economy anthropology, political anthropology, anthropology of money, migration and globalization.

Institute of Anthropology, School of Social Development
Mailing address: 500 Dongchuan Road, Institute of Anthropology, School of Social Development, ECNU, Shanghai, China, postcode 200241
Phone: (86-21) 54345171 Fax:(86-21)54345171
Email: shfz@soci.ecnu.edu.cn

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