As a discipline, anthropology is not only interesting, it is also urgent. Fruitful and meaningful encounters between people of different cultural backgrounds are crucial in the globalised world we live in. Anthropology is the discipline that studies and aims to contribute to such encounters through a deep understanding of their potential, as well as the tensions and clashes that go with them. The department does this in various regions of the world and on various topics. The department is not only actively engaged in research but also in teaching and training students, with the result that there is a close integration of research and education.