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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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Daryll Forde Lecture

UCL Anthropology invites you to the 2018 Daryll Forde Lecture to be held on Wednesday 24 January 2018 at 5pm.

Published: Jan 15, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2018

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture will be presented by Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, on Wednesday 23 May at 6pm in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre, UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. 

Published: Jan 12, 2018 3:09:32 PM

Two lectureships in Palaeoanthropology and Evolutionary Anthropology available at UCL

UCL Anthropology invites applications for a Lecturer in Palaeoanthropology and Human Evolution with particular emphasis on interpreting the palaeontological record of hominin evolution from an interdisciplinary perspective. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out high-quality research and contribute to teaching for undergraduate introductory courses in evolutionary anthropology, to teach Undergraduate second/third year and Taught Graduate (Masters) courses in palaeoanthropology and to contribute to teaching research methods at all levels. There is also the possibility of developing an advanced optional module in the appointee’s area of specialisation.

Published: Dec 11, 2017 2:44:00 PM

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Anthropology Blogs

Talking Shit

Monday, 15 January 2018

By Rebecca Marshall • MSc Medical Anthropology This blog entry is a review of the UCL Medical Anthropology Evening Seminar entitled ‘Three Achievements of Excrement: Disgust, humour and emphasis’ given by Professor of Anthropology, Sjaak van der Geest (University of Amsterdam), Thursday 12th October 2017, Darryl Forde Seminar Room If one were to argue that… Continue reading Talking Shit

‘Making Markets’ Reading Group at UCL Anthropology, starting 19th January

Monday, 15 January 2018

Dr. Marissa Smith, a visiting scholar at UCL working with the Emerging Subjects group, will be leading a new reading group during the winter term, ‘Making Markets’.  If you would like to join, please contact Marissa at: marissas23@gmail.com. Place: Staff Common Room, Department of Anthropology, UCL Time: Fridays, 11 to 1 PM (starting 1/19) (readings […]

Living in a Contested Environment: On Strategic Not-Knowing in the Aftermath of the ‘Quirra case’

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

by Chiara Carboni “I had no idea people were still talking about this. They have even reopened the beach!” Ernesto (the name is fictitious) is probably in his late 70s, but may be much younger: his skin, shrivelled and darkened by Sardinia’s sun, makes it tricky to tell his age. We are in Porto Corallo, one...

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