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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

News and Events

Framing cosmologies

Framing Cosmologies: The Anthropology of Worlds

NOW OUT: FRAMING COSMOLOGIES: THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF WORLDS, edited by Allen Abramson and Martin Holbraad.
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Published: Aug 18, 2014 12:20:25 PM

Mary Douglas

Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2014

We are pleased to announce the Inaugural Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture to be held at Harrie Massie Lecture Theatre, UCL on Thursday 23 October 2014 at 6pm.
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Published: Aug 12, 2014 11:20:00 AM

Current Issue

The latest issue of ANTHROPOLITAN is available online

The academic year 2013/14 has been hugely busy for staff and students alike. Staff put the finishing touches to the Research Excellence Framework submitted in November and began to discuss the directions which research and teaching will take in the Department over the next seven years.
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Published: Jun 19, 2014 4:12:31 PM

Risk, Embodiment and Health Technologies

Risk, Embodiment and Health Technologies

A One day workshop hosted by Biosocialities, Health and Citizenship RRG and the SMS network More...

Published: Jun 17, 2014 2:51:59 PM

Active Citizenship Panel Discussion

Active Citizenship Panel Discussion

Come and hear our guest speakers and join the discussion: What does it mean to be an active Global Citizen? What is activism? What are the challenges that global activism faces? More...

Published: Jun 3, 2014 2:05:05 PM





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