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"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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Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2016

The 3rd Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture will be held on Wednesday 25 May at 6pm in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre, UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW, followed by a drinks reception. More...

Published: Apr 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Everyday Politics and Social Media

Workshop: Everyday Politics and Social Media

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Published: Apr 13, 2016 12:23:33 PM

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship: Workplace Design in the Digital Age

The UCL Department of Anthropology is delighted to announce a fully funded 3.5 years (starting from 01 October 2016) collaborative doctoral studentship on Workplace Design in the Digital Age.
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Published: Mar 31, 2016 2:08:49 PM

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International Summer School for Undergraduates

This summer, UCL will open its doors for the first International Summer School for Undergraduates (ISSU). This will provide undergraduate students from the UK and abroad with the opportunity to take credit bearing courses over the summer here at UCL. More...

Published: Mar 14, 2016 12:04:51 PM

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The latest issue of ANTHROPOLITAN is available online

Winter is drawing to a close, with spring offering fleeting glimpses of the bright blue skies it holds in store for us. The academic year 2015/16 is at its midpoint, and staff and students are now feeling settled into the year. Our new staff, Dr Emily Woodhouse in Human Ecology and Dr Maria Martinon-Torres in Paleoanthropology, have settled in well. Dr Martinon-Torres immediately set about to create a wonderful opportunity for our students to join a field-camp in Europe’s most important fossil excavation site in Atapuerca, Spain, as part of their coursework, and developments are underway to extend a special relation to paleoanthropological departments and associated field-sites in China. To our delight, our Teaching Fellows are staying with us for a further academic year to the end of 2016/17. More...

Published: Mar 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Media Highlight

The trailer introduces some of the topics you will explore in the free online course created by UCL Anthropology 'Why We Post: the Anthropology of Social Media'.



Anthropology Blogs

New Forms of Political Protests in Ulaanbaatar: Calling for Justice through Shoes

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:19:06 +0000

This post was written by Sh. Tuya, a researcher on the Emerging Subjects project.   On April 7th, the Chinggis Khaan Square in front of the government palace was covered in shoes of all variety.  Strikingly, the protest was a quiet space devoid of people themselves protesting.  The protest was part of series of campaigns […]

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SAWDUST & THREADS – Part 2

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:07:14 +0000

Written by Caroline Wright Sawdust & Threads is a residency and exhibition programme that takes de-accessioned and un-accessioned museum objects as its material. Artist Caroline Wright has undertaken residencies at three different museum collections and selected objects that have been de- or un-accessioned. Caroline has made detailed drawings of each of the objects that are […]

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Performing sustainable agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:13:53 +0000

Agathe Faure MRes Social Anthropology University College London I conducted ethnographic fieldwork from May to July 2015 in villages of cacao farmers along the river of Alto Huayabamba, Peruvian Amazonia. Employed by an international company providing environmental services, I was to observe environmental programmes through their local implementation in the area. I quickly realised that … Continue reading Performing sustainable agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon

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