The Subject Portal Ethnology (EVIFA) offers a central search and information entry point for digital information from social and cultural anthropology.

What is EVIFA?

The Subject Portal Ethnology EVIFA bundles the digital offers of the Specialised Information Service for Social and Cultural Anthropology (FID SKA). You can start a subject-oriented search for information resources (literature, films, estate materials, research data, etc.), browse and search specifically in the FID’s digitised material, read about news, events and jobs in the field of social and cultural anthropology, or find out about the FID SKA’s projects. You can contact us directly and support the work of the FID by suggesting news, jobs, new acquisitions or other suggestions.

Information Services

The EVIFA search engine of the FID SKA brings together subject-specific literature and information from various library networks, special anthropological libraries, databases, the FID digitalised materials and the FID licences. It is set up in co-operation with the Co-operative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg (Kooperativer Bibliotheksverbund Berlin-Brandenburg, KOBV) and is based on the ALBERT technology developed there. The search index currently comprises approx. 2 million records.

You can add the EVIFA search engine to your search engines in the browser (via the small green plus sign in the browser window) and use it to search the holdings of the virtual library of anthropological disciplines quickly and easily.

On the main page you will find current information on announcements, events and jobs relevant to the field of cultural anthropology. We generate  news on the basis of our own research and your reports. You can send us information about events, announcements and the like at any time. These will then be published on our website as well as our Twitter channel @fid_evifa. To do so, use the form 'Report News'.

For the integration of EVIFA news into your RSS newsreader or your own website, EVIFA offers the news as XML data.
RSS news feed

The section 'Academic Communication' blog contributions and Twitter posts from the area of social and cultural anthropology are updated and displayed every two hours.


EVIFA is a DFG-funded project of the University Library of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, which is supervised by the Specialised Information Service for Social and Cultural Anthropology (FID SKA). The first release was launched in October 2003. Since then, content and functions have been continuously supplemented and expanded within the framework of partnerships and in co-operation with partners such as the KOBV.

The work on the portal is supported by the academic advisory board of the Specialised Information Service.

During the development phase, the project received scientific support primarily from the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, the Institute for European Anthropology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin and the Department for Anthropology at the Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg.

Ideas for the current layout, the general concept and individual contents were developed with a co-operative seminar at the Institute for European Anthropology (led by Dipl.-Ethn. Falk Blask) and the Department Information at HAW Hamburg (led by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Spree) in the summer semester of 2016.