Institute of Ethnology
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Professor Gábor Vargyas is an anthropologist with a PhD from the ELTE University, Budapest. He is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnololgy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Associate Professor at, and formerly head of, the Department of Ethnography and Cultural Anthropology, the University of Pécs, Hungary. His research interests include the anthropology, religion, ethnohistory and culture change of Southeast-Asian minorities and Vietnam in particular. He has done extensive field research among the Bru people of the Central Vietnamese Highlands.