Centre for Digital Anthropology

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Research Overview

We are committed to a holistic approach that uses ethnographic methodologies to capture the breadth of the human experience and an explanatory framework that locates our research questions within on-the-ground, intensive, participatory, and empirical field research. Our staff and student have conducted research in places such as Trinidad, Vanuatu, and France, and in digital environments such as skype, facebook, and Second Life. As a research collective we are dedicated exploring how digital technologies engender new forms of connection, and perpetuate old ones, both maintaining and subverting traditional structures of society, of power and authority, and of representing and acting in the world. All of our current research projects place the use and development of emerging digital technologies in context and history, understanding the digital as part of a long-standing trajectory of human interaction, communication, embodied sociality, labour, and representational practice.

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. These consist of the following:

Country Researcher
Brazil Juliano Spyer (PhD)
China Tom McDonald (Post Doc.)
India Shriram Venkatraman (PhD)
Italy Razvan Nicolescu (Post Doc)
Trinidad Jolynna Sinanan (Post Doc)
Daniel Miller
Turkey Elisabetta Costa (Post Doc)
United Kingdom Daniel Miller

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