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SCI | Extending the imagination

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A Word of Welcome:

UCL Anthropology’s  research platform on Subjectivity and the Cultural Imagination (SCI) brings together anthropologists working on the role of the imagination in diverse social and cultural scales – from the intimate arenas of subjective experience to the most encompassing vistas of cosmological contemplation. Rooted in rigorous ethnographic research in settings across the globe, we explore comparatively the imaginative and intimate dimensions of history, politics, law, economy, religion, and cosmology. Using ethnographically-based insights we seek to refigure the ways in which we, as social scientists, imagine the social and cultural world, and ultimately to extend the anthropological imagination itself.

A hub for versatile anthropological research, activities and events, SCI promotes empirically driven thinking and a readiness to experiment with novel themes and contemporary theoretical frameworks. Our research activities range from informal, student-led reading groups and workshops to major internationally funded research programmes and networks. Combining the knowledge and skills of academic staff and research students at UCL and beyond, our research clusters around five core themes:

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Alternative Economies

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Cosmology, Religion, Ontology and Culture (CROC)

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Historical Consciousness

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Images of Democracy and Revolution

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Inner Worlds

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News and Events

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Engaging Refugee Narratives: Perspectives from Academia and the Arts

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.  More...

Published: May 26, 2017 3:45:09 PM

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MSc in Human Evolution and Behaviour: high-quality publications – and PhD candidates

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 More...

Published: May 23, 2017 2:49:19 PM

Amalia Pica exhibits in Bogotá – inspired by Gashaka Primate Project

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. More...

Published: May 23, 2017 11:02:05 AM

Gill Conquest

In Memory of Gill Conquest

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gill Conquest on May 5, 2017. More...

Published: May 16, 2017 1:20:00 PM

Mary Douglas Awards 2017/18

UCL Anthropology is delighted to announce the Mary Douglas Awards scheme - a series of partial fee waivers linked to our Masters programmes. Eight awards of £3,000 are available for the 17/18 academic year. More...

Published: Apr 4, 2017 11:27:23 AM





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