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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

Lecturer in Digital Anthropology

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The UCL Department of Anthropology has a new position, a lectureship in Digital Anthropology. Open to anyone with a strong ethnographic foundation to their research into the digital. Research areas can include robotics, artificial intelligence, the anthropology of data, social media, consumption, or other emerging topics within the field. For further details please click here or email Haidy Geismar for further details.


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

Fragment of Mourning / Bâb-ı Hüzün

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Full moon, Ethiopia, 2017. Credit: A.Nalan Azak The sea, there is no joy even in the waters, Rows of waves are beating the edges of my heart. Moss-grown memories, The past is always a pink shaded mirage. Every one of our palms holds a pinch of hope, Blurring our eyes to adversities when scattered by… Continue reading Fragment of Mourning / Bâb-ı Hüzün

‘Making Markets’ Reading Group at UCL Anthropology, starting 19th January

Monday, 15 January 2018

Dr. Marissa Smith, a visiting scholar at UCL working with the Emerging Subjects group, will be leading a new reading group during the winter term, ‘Making Markets’.  If you would like to join, please contact Marissa at: marissas23@gmail.com. Place: Staff Common Room, Department of Anthropology, UCL Time: Fridays, 11 to 1 PM (starting 1/19) (readings […]

Living in a Contested Environment: On Strategic Not-Knowing in the Aftermath of the ‘Quirra case’

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

by Chiara Carboni “I had no idea people were still talking about this. They have even reopened the beach!” Ernesto (the name is fictitious) is probably in his late 70s, but may be much younger: his skin, shrivelled and darkened by Sardinia’s sun, makes it tricky to tell his age. We are in Porto Corallo, one...

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.