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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

In Memory of Gill Conquest

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gill Conquest on May 5, 2017.

Published: May 16, 2017 1:20:00 PM

Mary Douglas Awards 2017/18

UCL Anthropology is delighted to announce the Mary Douglas Awards scheme - a series of partial fee waivers linked to our Masters programmes. Eight awards of £3,000 are available for the 17/18 academic year.

Published: Apr 4, 2017 11:27:23 AM


Anthropology Blogs

Anthropologies of Science, Society and Biomedicine

Monday, 22 May 2017

Dr. Sahra Gibbon's course ANTH7020 Anthropologies of Science, Society and Biomedicine incorporates a blog diary in the module design. Students write blog posts focusing on various health technologies in the fields of genetics, biotechnology and the life/medical sciences. Through blogs students are able to experiment with writing style, conduct research into health technologies that interest them, and creatively analyse health technologies by connecting with a wider audience.

Scarcity, Climate Change and the Construction of Conflict

Friday, 19 May 2017

-Picture courtesy New York Times Catherine Clarke University College London (UCL) Editor’s Note – Although not explicitly discussing narratives of sustainability, this essay examines the political subversion of climate change discourse from narratives of mitigation and sustainable development to the apolitical rhetoric of military mobilisation. This essay was written in 2014, and as such omits … Continue reading Scarcity, Climate Change and the Construction of Conflict

Young curators club – week 4: Show and Tell

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Written by James O’Donoghue In two weeks the Young Curators will culminate their weeks of work into an exhibition of their own creation with their own objects paired with artefacts from UCL’s Ethnographic Collection. Here to help this week was specialist in street-art and graffiti, Dr Rafael Schacter. Being an experienced curator, Rafael was here […]

In Memory of Gill Conquest

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gill Conquest on May 5, 2017.

Gill was an exceptional student and an exceptional person. Her interests were broad-ranging, extending well beyond the academic through performances of traditional stories and pantomimes, to writing plays and science fiction, sailing and playing games, and to music and dancing, all alongside her passionate commitment to developing the interfaces of technology and citizenship to support cultural and ecological diversity. She brought a sense of wonder and fun to all of her activities, embracing new experiences and opportunities at every chance with good humour and enthusiasm.

Gill joined the anthropology department as a Masters student in Anthropology, Environment and Development in 2011. Her masters’ dissertation examined the potential of new technologies to support environmental justice movements lead by indigenous peoples.

Revisiting History: Debt and Protest during the Manchu Period

Monday, 15 May 2017

  As has been discussed extensively in this blog, Mongolians, both on a national and personal level, are tackling daily with the phenomenon of growing indebtedness. On the eve of receiving another bailout by the IMF, these questions over the growing debt are also linked to further unrest over the economic activities of politicians (that […]

Media Highlight

Migliano et al. developed a technology to map proximity networks in hunter-gatherers, and show that their social networks exhibit increased efficiency for information exchange due to a few strong ‘friendship’ ties connecting unrelated families. Such friendships are more important than family ties in predicting knowledge sharing. See Migliano et al. 1, 0043 (2017).