Centre for Digital Anthropology





There are a few key issues that we are currently exploring:

  • the use of digital channels in the experience of migration and immigration,
  • the impact of ICT in the workplace and the experience of work
  • online virtual communities and social networking, and the idea of online, or digital society
  • digital property forms and emergent digital economies,
  • the materiality of digital objects.
  • The constitutive role of digital technologies in creating epistemological and cultural frameworks.

The Center for Digital Anthropology is committed to exploring the divergent ways in which digital technologies can be inbuilt into research as well as the subject of research. You can find some more information about our projects in the digital projects section of the web page.

Current Projects

This program is funded by the European Research Council and is based at the UCL Department of Anthropology. The funding lasts for five years starting from May 2012 with the group work due to begin in September 2012. The core to this study is the tightly integrated comparative work represented by seven simultaneous ethnographies each taking place in a small town environment in their respective countries.

Haidy Geismar has worked with researchers in Massey University (Kura Puke and Stuart Foster) to experiment with the digitization of a Maori cloak in the UCL Ethnography Collections. The project has resulted in a number of presentations, exhibitions and publications as well as the first ever virtual marae, projecting Maori elders and customary authorities into UCL's Octagon Gallery.

Hannah Knox is part of an ESRC funded initiative led by Evelyn Ruppert at Goldsmith's college. The project is exploring the risks and vulnerabilities of "big data" by using sociological and anthropological methods to understand the challenges of large data sets.  

Hannah Knox leads a research theme on the Social Life of Methods at the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC).

The theme interrogates how methodological practices – from social network analysis, to digital modelling, to scientific investigations and administrative systems - are generative of complex and differentiated social worlds. Previous workshops have focused on digital devices, photography and visualisation, and forms of evidence. Events include: ‘Is there an ontology to the Digital’, leading to a Theorising the Contemporary special section in Cultural Anthropology and ‘Towards an Anthropology of Collective Design Experiments’.

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