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Engaging Refugee Narratives: Perspectives from Academia and the Arts

Publication date:

Start: Jun 20, 2016 9:30:00 AM
End: Jun 21, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Foto Helge Hansen

People make sense of their lives through telling their own stories. These become an essential part of the work of the NGOs and artists as they collaborate with refugees and each other.

Workshop: Everyday Politics and Social Media

Publication date:

Start: Apr 21, 2016 9:30:00 AM
End: Apr 21, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Everyday Politics and Social Media

Convenors:

Dr Elisabetta Costa, British Institute at Ankara (BIAA)
Dr Razvan Nicolescu
, UCL Anthropology

Tasting Culture, Writing Rhythm, Dreaming Worlds: Where Anthropology and Literature Meet

Publication date:

Start: Dec 16, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 16, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Parallel Worlds

Special seminar with Prof Alma Gottlieb & Prof Philip Graham, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Cosmologies of destiny: One-day workshop on the ethnography of predestination, temporality & freedom

Publication date:

Start: Jun 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM

SCI

What does it mean to live a life that has already been written? How does one understand the past and prepare for the future when superior forces mingle with human agency? Distinctly from notions of fortune and coincidence, ‘destiny’ evokes conceptions of human lives and futures that are pre-determined: be it by high political powers, cosmic forces, or transcendental entities.

The Subjectivity of the Body in Mental Health: An Anthropological Workshop

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Start: May 28, 2015 10:00:00 AM
End: May 29, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Subjectivity and Mental Health

In recent years there has been a lot of debate about subjectivities and mental health. The forming of the self through techniques has subsequently given new angles on research of the formation of selves through bodily and mental practices. Some of those studies, however, tend towards a hidden essentialism – body and mind as the instruments that are used to act upon an assumed self. On the other side of the spectrum, studies of subjectivity assume that the subject is ephemeral, immaterial, a thing of the law, language or the mind alone. If we do not challenge this assumption, we might easily fall into the trap Foucault cautioned against when he called the soul a prison of the body.

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