Social Anthropology


[Philippe Descola]

The Chair in Anthropology of Nature is connected to the Social Anthropology Laboratory (UMR 7130 – Collège de France, CNRS and EHESS), and has been led by Professor Descola since 2011, together with the Claude Levi-Strauss Library that is also part of the laboratory. The unit includes 35 researchers and academics from various umbrella organizations and handles all the thematic fields usually covered by social and cultural anthropology, with research carried out over five continents. The professor leads a research team whose main objective is the study of cultural invariants, understood not as a universal explanation of key behaviors or systems of ideas, but as structures or intermediate patterns between biophysical potentialities and historically attested systems of practice.