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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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Job Vacancies

UCL Anthropology seeks invites applications for an Associate Professor in Ethnographic Film Practice and Visual Anthropology and a Lecturer in Digital Anthropology. Please follow the links for further details and an online application form.

Published: Feb 14, 2018 3:42:29 PM

Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2018

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture will be presented by Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, on Wednesday 23 May at 6pm in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre, UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. 

Published: Jan 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM



Anthropology Blogs

Reconstructing Ancestral Primate Vision: An Interview with Breanne Boughan

Monday, 19 March 2018

By Annamaria Dall’Anese • PhD Anthropology As part of her master’s degree, Breanne Boughan has completed a phylogenetic study of primate colour vision. She tells Anthropolitan readers about what the world may have looked like to the ancestral primate, what is special about human vision, and what wisdom she has gained thanks to her research… Continue reading Reconstructing Ancestral Primate Vision: An Interview with Breanne Boughan

Ideologies of mortgage financing in Mongolia

Friday, 16 March 2018

Rebekah Plueckhahn is a Research Associate on the Emerging Subjects Team at UCL – Anthropology. This post draws from research that forms part of her book Shaping Urban Futures in Ulaanbaatar forthcoming with UCL Press. Visiting Mongolia in November-December 2017, many people I spoke to were preoccupied with the topic of the current influence of […]

Female Tristeza in Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala: How Sadness Maps Onto Depression

Thursday, 01 March 2018

By Elizabeth Markowitz “As always, as people, there are problems … perhaps they happen [as depression] but one does not know the form…”  – Tzununá woman How does major depressive disorder exist in a society lacking a word for it? I studied this question through the lens of the female experience of tristeza (sadness) in...

The Picket Line in the Digital Age

Thursday, 01 March 2018

Joseph Cook -MPhil/PhD UCL Anthropology    @joseph_m_cook

The following is the transcript from a talk given on Monday 26th February as part of a range of student-led teach-ins and debates at UCL Anthropology. The teach-ins were held in support of the ongoing industrial action by the University and College Union in protest against changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), seen by many as an attack on pensions.  The UCU predicted that these changes would leave the typical lecturer almost £10,000 a year worse off in retirement than under the current set-up. Picket lines were drawn across many departments at UCL, and a number of universities across the UK.

The Picket Line in the Digital Age

In the digital age, work is no longer a place that you go, but a thing that you do.…


Sunday, 18 February 2018

Carolina Schneider Comandulli Extreme Citizen Science Research Group University College London   The Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability has been supporting the project “Environmental and Territorial Management in Indigenous Lands of the Guarani People in South and Southeast Brazil”, since the beginning of 2016. Financed by the Newton Fund – British Council, the project … Continue reading CAOS SUPPORTS ACTIVITIES IN BRAZILIAN INDIGENOUS LANDS

Young Curators Club Maria Fidelis exhibition

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

What stories lie inside collections? How can we connect historical artefacts to our everyday lives? Can heritage be an object? The UCL Young Curators project brings a group of GCSE students from a local secondary school, Maria Fidelis, to work with the Ethnography Collections and learn a little about what anthropologists do. Housed in the […]

Media Highlight

Witch: a tag that shapes social networks

This is a video abstract explaining the research and findings of the paper published in Nature Human Behaviour by Prof Ruth Mace's HEEG team.