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UCL Anthropology

"The most scientific of the humanities, the most humanistic of the sciences"

UCL 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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News and Events

Open Day

Postgraduate Open Day

The Department of Anthropology invites all prospective candidates to the Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday, 11th March. More...

Published: Jan 28, 2015 3:30:00 PM

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Charlie, Secular Culture and Practical Wisdom

According to many, the brutal attack on Charlie Hebdo has been an aggression against the secular understood as the realm where freedom of speech is not limited by religious or ideological constraints. In painting this picture, commentators have evoked the Age of Reason. In a society based on the values of the Enlightenment, it has been argued, humor should be un-restrained. But, is this the case? Is the secular really a neutral sphere? And, should Voltairean reason be the only guideline for satire in the West? A dose of Anthropological sensibility can help us to contextualise and to answer these questions. More...

Published: Jan 28, 2015 12:04:50 PM

Gross National Happiness

Empowering Society with GNH - Gross National Happiness in Practice

Join us for a special seminar by Dr Saamdu Chetri (Executive Director, Gross National Happiness Centre, Bhutan).
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Published: Jan 22, 2015 3:11:05 PM

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Call For Papers. The War of Worlds: Self and Society in Social Movements

This conference will be held on the 4th and 5th of June 2015, in the Department of Anthropology at UCL. More...

Published: Jan 21, 2015 3:02:17 PM

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Inaugural Conference: Anthropological Visions of Sustainable Futures

The inaugural CAOS (Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability) conference will be held at UCL between 12th to14th February 2015. More...

Published: Jan 16, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Media Highlight

Watch Gabriella Coleman delivering the "Anonymous and the Craftiness of Craft and the Trickiness of Trickery" talk at UCL.

Anthropology Blog

Mystery Military Slide Collection

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:03:03 +0000

by Jane Pettitt and Alicka Machurich, UCL Anthropology Hello, our names are Jane and Alicka. For the past few months, we have worked in the Ethnography Collection of UCL on lantern slides from the interwar period, produced circa 1924. We documented a box of 49 slides which we have been able to connect to the […]

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