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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

Apathy, Empathy and Art: Reflections on Engaging Refugee Narratives III

Thursday, 10 August 2017

By Alice Klein • BSc Anthropology In June, the UCL Anthropology Department hosted the Engaging Refugee Narratives III Conference. Jointly organised by Dr Ruth Mandel and Dr Susan Pattie, it brought together academics, artists and advocates who work with and for people described as refugees. Over two days – June 16th and 17th – in… Continue reading Apathy, Empathy and Art: Reflections on Engaging Refugee Narratives III

UCL Medical Anthropology Outreach: In Defence of Gender Identities

Wednesday, 09 August 2017

This is Part II in our series on UCL Medical Anthropology outreach over the summer.  Daniel Newman participated in the UCL Widening Participation Regional Summer Challege (see Part I for more) co-taught by Caroline Ackley and Katja Holtz.  Daniel wrote about gender identity for his final essay. In Defence of Gender Identities By Daniel Newman...

The Price of an Election: Split hopes and political ambivalence in the ger districts of Ulaanbaatar

Thursday, 13 July 2017

This post was written by Liz Fox, a UCL ESRC-funded anthropology PhD candidate affiliated to the Emerging Subjects project.   [The material for this blog post was collected from a variety of sources that have been anonymised. For the privacy and safety of my many interlocutors, their stories have been aggregated. It does not refer to any specific place […]

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