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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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Open City Documentary Festival 2018: Programme Revealed

We’ll open with Juliana Antunes’ Baronesa and close with Cyril Aris’ The Swing, amongst a programme that includes: 75+ films from more than 30 different countries; 30+ UK Premieres; a true variety of form, region and subject; and an equal balance between male and female identified directors in the film programme.

Published: Jul 30, 2018 8:28:57 AM

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Anthropology Blogs

The Rawlings collection

Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Fieldwork in the Collection, a paper written by Hanine Miriam Habig has recently been published on The Anthropolitan website. Hanine volunteered in the collection between 2015 and 2017, during her MA in the department and the year following her graduation. As as Assistant Curator, she focused her attention on a group of objects given in […]

Flourishing diversity: being contemporary in the Anthropocene

Friday, 03 August 2018

Jerome Lewis University College London ‘Progress! Develop! Modernize!’ are concepts that destroy our ability to be contemporary. Such directives push those to whom they are uttered to put their efforts into trying to achieve an elusive future state, rather than take stock of the present moment and respond appropriately. Being contemporary to our current predicament, … Continue reading Flourishing diversity: being contemporary in the Anthropocene

Digital Anthropology in Practice

Monday, 09 July 2018

Jennifer Fu and Gemma Tortella-Procter, MSc. Digital Anthropology at UCL

“What exactly constitutes ‘digital anthropology’?” While the practical projects we worked on may not provide a comprehensive answer to this question (perhaps a ‘comprehensive’ answer doesn’t exist), it provides an idea of the things we care about as digital anthropologists and the direction we hope to push a traditionally text-based discipline in.

As a part of the MSc Digital Anthropology core course, all of the students are given the task and opportunity to “produce a publicly accessible website which will present the results of a mini research project about an instance of digital technology use.” The challenge for the 2017-2018 class was to find a London marketplace and investigate it in the context of its digital mediation.…

New Forms of Ownership and Possession in the Global Economy

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

How do people access things that allow them to ‘live well’? Through what means and by brokerage with which agents are they able to do so? What does it mean for something to ‘bear fruit’, and what is the difference between ‘use’ and ‘possession’? These are some of the questions that were posed by a […]

Does AI Have a Place in the Family Home? UCL Digital Anthropology and Wizzili Explore in Collaboration

Wednesday, 06 June 2018

By Afreen Saulat • MSc Digital Anthropology This research emerges from a partnership between UCL Digital Anthropology and Wizzili, a French AI company, who are building a product that will act ‘as the personal assistant busy parents never knew they needed’. The partnership supported a Masters student, Afreen Salaut, to undertake her dissertation on the… Continue reading Does AI Have a Place in the Family Home? UCL Digital Anthropology and Wizzili Explore in Collaboration

Rebecca Skloot & the Lacks Family on Communication in Science and Medicine

Friday, 18 May 2018

By Rebecca Irons Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is one that many of us may be familiar with. An exploration of the human story behind the HeLa cells, the book deals with more than simply an historical account of biomedical research; it is essentially a book about race, bioethics, and...

Media Highlight

Refugee Temporalities and the Ethnographic Method - Panel discussion, Friday 9th of March 2018

The panel discussion focuses on the use of the ethnographic method in forced migration studies, looking into the strengths and challenges of doing ethnography in contexts of displacement. Drawing from their respective field sites and their theoretical interests on temporality, speakers and discussants reflect on issues of research positionality, the ethnographic potential to challenge power structures and on the research terminology associated with classifying mobility.