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Anthropology studies humanity in all its aspects: from our evolution as a
species, to our relationship with the material world, and our vast variety of
social practices and cultural forms.
Our department is one of only a few broad based anthropology departments in the UK comprised of four sub-sections including Biological Anthropology, Social Anthropology, Material Culture and Medical Anthropology. Our teaching and research reflects the breadth and depth of this cross and interdisciplinary approach.
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In recent years there has been a lot of debate about subjectivities and mental health. The forming of the self through techniques has subsequently given new angles on research of the formation of selves through bodily and mental practices. Some of those studies, however, tend towards a hidden essentialism – body and mind as the instruments that are used to act upon an assumed self. On the other side of the spectrum, studies of subjectivity assume that the subject is ephemeral, immaterial, a thing of the law, language or the mind alone. If we do not challenge this assumption, we might easily fall into the trap Foucault cautioned against when he called the soul a prison of the body. More...
Published: May 20, 2015 12:35:37 PM
Please join us for a series of informal talks on current research by PhD students, Postdocs, Visitors and Material Culture Staff from the UCL Department.
Published: May 18, 2015 2:47:50 PM
The successful candidate will be a promising ethnomusicologist familiar with methods in comparative ethnomusicology. The main focus of the post will be to make a comparison of the music and musicking practices of egalitarian hunter-gatherers societies from across the world, and publish the results. The primary research focus will be on hunter-gatherers in Africa and South-East Asia. More...
Published: May 12, 2015 3:23:22 PM
This two-day international conference at UCL brings
together ethnographers who have worked with activists across several
continents, to explore the shape and significance of social movements today.
Published: May 11, 2015 10:07:03 AM
A one-day Symposium on 10th July 2015 More...
Published: May 6, 2015 11:11:42 AM
Andrea Migliano and Mark Dyble explain the findings of their research published in Science recently.
Congo Great Lakes Initiative/Session 4 – First steps towards exhibition
Wed, 20 May 2015 17:07:41 +0000
Written by Carys Wilkins, MA Material and Visual Culture, UCL Anthropology The aim of this session included data collection from the participants’ fieldwork diaries and revising the process involved in object documentation, as well as beginning to think about staging an exhibition. Session four began with presentations and feedback on the fieldwork diaries produced by […]Read more...
‘The Night That Changed Their Lives’: Hope and Expectation Among Young Mongolian Contortionists
Mon, 18 May 2015 10:49:34 +0000
This post was written by Liz Fox, a UCL ESRC-funded anthropology PhD student affiliated to the Emerging Subjects project. Liz is currently in Mongolia carrying out research examining the lives of young urban women in Mongolia, such as contortionists and cashmere factory workers. Her research aims to explore how young women’s aspirations for their futures articulate with national […]Read more...
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