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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

Daryll Forde Lecture

Daryll Forde Lecture

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

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

Caroline Humphrey

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.  More...

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. More...

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

Lecturer in Biosocial Medical Anthropology

UCL Anthropology invites applications for the position of Lecturer in Biosocial Medical Anthropology. The postholder will bring skills and experience that respond to contemporary demands and needs around emerging aspects of Biosocial Medical Anthropology, in order to help develop and expand our Masters and PhD programmes across the department and build links across UCL and beyond academia. The postholder will build on current programmes (MSc Medical Anthropology) whilst also helping to develop new programmes (MSc in Biosocial Medical Anthropology to start in September 2018). They will contribute to teaching core and optional courses as well as research methods to Postgraduate students within Anthropology, across the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, and beyond UCL, in line with emerging models of ‘opening up’ courses). More...

Published: Nov 14, 2017 12:39:45 PM

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Non-human personhood? Volker Sommer @ UCL's Lunch-hour lecture

Encore!  More...

Published: Oct 19, 2017 11:03:04 AM





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