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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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Engaging Refugee Narratives explores how narratives by and about refugees and migrants are disseminated, how ideas become shared and meaningful to a larger group, how influence builds. The three sessions of this event focus on digital forms of communication and online archiving, graphic memoir and cartooning, varied forms of live performance of telling stories.
Published: May 26, 2017 3:45:09 PM
The Master in Human Evolution and Behaviour at the UCL Department of Anthropology has run for two decades. Many of our graduates have since become leading academics in their own right. Below is a selection of career trajectories and current publications of some of our recent graduates – including a student blog that garnered 700.000 views... Prof Volker Sommer, Tutor, MSc HEB
Published: May 23, 2017 2:49:19 PM
The Gashaka Primate Project (GPP), founded in 1999, is located at Gashaka Gumti National Park, Nigeria’s largest nature reserve. Here, a team led by evolutionary anthropologist Volker Sommer, conducts studies on wildlife ecology and biodiversity (www.ucl.ac.uk/gashaka). – In 2010, GPP initiated a dialogue between science and arts, by inviting artists to spend some time in the remote forests of the park and to interact with researchers. The first residency by Mexican artist Damián Ortega led to the exhibition "Apestraction" at the Freud Museum in London in 2013. – Argentinean artist Amalia Pica visited Gashaka in 2014, together with Mexican film maker Rafael Ortega. The result of this journey is Amalia Pica's exhibition "At Arm ́s Length", shown for the first time at NC-arte. – The third residency will commence in January 2018.
Published: May 23, 2017 11:02:05 AM
Report from the field: ‘Investigating trauma therapeutic interventions using traditional story-telling in Afghanistan’
Friday, 26 May 2017
As a researcher, I was formatting and analysing the interviews of the women who had participated in our project on ‘Investigating Trauma Therapeutic Interventions for Gender Based Violence in Afghanistan Using Traditional Story-Telling”. At the same time, the stories and the silencing betrayed the legacy of a culture rich in story-telling of creation and shared-ness.
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?
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 […]
Monday, 15 May 2017
As has been discussed extensively in this blog, Mongolians, both on a national and personal level, are tackling daily with the phenomenon of growing indebtedness. On the eve of receiving another bailout by the IMF, these questions over the growing debt are also linked to further unrest over the economic activities of politicians (that […]
Migliano et al. developed a technology to map proximity networks in hunter-gatherers, and show that their social networks exhibit increased efficiency for information exchange due to a few strong ‘friendship’ ties connecting unrelated families. Such friendships are more important than family ties in predicting knowledge sharing. See Migliano et al. 1, 0043 (2017).