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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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Anthropology Blogs

Visiting Scholars in the New Year – Marissa Smith, J. Sanchir and G. Badruun

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

  The Emerging Subject project at UCL will be hosting three visiting scholars in the New Year, all of whom work on Mongolia: Dr Marissa Smith (marissas23@gmail.com), a social/cultural anthropologist, working in the fields of political and economic anthropology, anthropology of corporations, Inner Asia, Russia, and Romania (more here).  Marissa’s research will elaborate on Mongolian participation in international […]

Nobody Cares About Anthropology

Thursday, 07 December 2017

She won’t like stories About how you became less of a man About how you only take photos on 35mm film About how you found yourself and they found you About ghosts and your parents and what it means to remember Stories of tribes and archipelagos and you and them Stories of theories Of paeons… Continue reading Nobody Cares About Anthropology

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...

Fake news in conservation: Overfishing or over-reacting?

Friday, 26 May 2017

Rafael Morais Chiaravalloti University College London I started my career as a conservationist in the Pantanal, Brazil. I remember the first thing I heard was that the local fish population was decimated. Some people even called the Paraguay River an empty river. The widespread belief was that the river had been devastated and that it … Continue reading Fake news in conservation: Overfishing or over-reacting?

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 […]

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.

Media Highlight

HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY - Refugees and the Arts, UCL - Guests:
(1) Shireen Walton, Teaching Fellow, Anthropology UCL
(2) Georgios Kritikos, Associate Professor, Harokopio University
(3) Ruth Mandel, Vice-Dean International, UCL
(4) Clelia Clini, Postdoctoral Fellow, Biosciences UCL
(5) Tess Altman, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology UCL