Ulf Hannerz

E-mail:  ulf.hannerz@socant.su.se

Ulf Hannerz was Professor of Social Anthropology 1981-2007 (acting professor 1976-80). He received his Ph.D. at Stockholm University in 1969 and has also taught at several American, European, Asian and Australian universities. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, an honorary member and former Chair of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, a member of the Committee on World Anthropologies of the American Anthropological Assocation, a former director of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (SCASSS), and a former editor of the journal Ethnos. His research has been especially in urban anthropology, media anthropology and transnational cultural processes,with field studies in West Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. A study of the work of news media foreign correspondents included multi-sited field research in four continents, and he has also directed an interdisciplinary research project on cosmopolitanism. Among his books are Soulside (1969), Exploring the City (1980), Cultural Complexity (1992), Transnational Connections (1996),  Foreign News (2004), and Anthropology’s World (2011); several of them have also appeared in French, Spanish, Italian and Polish. He has also written or edited several books in Swedish. He was the Anthropology editor for the International Enyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2001). He was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1984-85, gave the Lewis Henry Morgan lectures at the University of Rochester in 2000, a Munro Lecture at the University of Edinburgh in 2002, and the Daphne Berdahl Memorial Lecture at the University of Minnesota in 2011. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Oslo, and in 2010 he received the Anders Retzius gold medal of the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography.


Ulf Hannerz’ current research focuses on those global scenarios which emerged as a genre since the end of the Cold War. These are treated here both as texts and as components in a transnational collective consciousness. The project deals with their global spread and their reception and influence in local and regional debates – how is “the clash of civilizations" understood in Denmark, the notion of ”soft power” in Japan? Ulf Hannerz also participates in an international comparative project of anthropological studies of small countries.

Selected publications


  • Café du Monde: platser, vägar och människor i världsvimlet. Stockholm: Carlssons.
  • "Frihet att", "Frihet från" och globalisering: En personlig erinring, och en till litet längre fram. Informanten (Aarhus), Forår, 12-13.
  • Operation Outreach: Anthropology and the Public in a World of Information Crowding. Archivio Antropologico Mediterraneo, 12-13, no. 13(1): 11-17.
  • Kosmopolitismus. In Fernand Kreff, Eva-Maria Knoll, Andre Gingrich, eds., Lexikon der Globalisierung. Bielefeld: Transcript.


  • Anthropology’s World: Life in a Twenty-first Century Discipline. London: Pluto Press.
  • Afterthoughts: World Watching. Social Anthropology, 18: 448-453.
  • Diversity is Our Business. American Anthropologist, 112: 539-551.
  • ”The First Draft of History”: Notes on Events and Cultural Turbulence. In Hans Joas and Barbro Klein, eds., The Benefit Of Broad Horizons. Leiden: Brill.
  • La complexité culturale réactualisée: regards en arrière, regards en avant. In Ulf Hannerz, La complexité culturelle: Études de l’organisation sociale de la signification. Bernin: À la Croisée. (French translation of Cultural Complexity, new foreword.)
  • The world and the city since the Iron Curtain: Changing habitats of meaning. In Alexandra Bitusikova and Daniel Luther, eds., Cultural and social diversity in Slovakia III. Global and local in a contemporary city. Banska Bystrica: Matej Bel University - Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, pp. 8 - 16.