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Anthropology in the Professional World Seminar Series

The seminars will be held on Wednesdays at Daryll Forde Seminar Room from 6.00pm. All welcome.

Spring 2015

14 January - Gemma John (AECOM)
Designing Workspaces: Corporate Anthropology at AECOM

Gemma John completed her PhD at St Andrews in 2009. Her doctoral work focused on the reception, implementation, and use of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. She has since held post-doctoral fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh and more recently at the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change at the University of Manchester. She completed a diploma in interior design at the Interior Design School in 2014. She now works for AECOM as a research and strategy consultant within Strategy+.

28 January  - Elizabeth Franz (Open Society Foundation)
Beyond the ivory tower: reflections on ethnography and advocacy in the field of migration

Elizabeth Frantz is the program officer for Asia and the Middle East for the Open Society Foundations’ International Migration Initiative. Her role is to design and manage a portfolio of grants aiming to improve the situation of low-wage migrant workers employed in Asia and the Arab region. In that capacity, she funds research, convenes meetings of stakeholders, engages in advocacy work and provides grants and technical assistance to support the work of civil society organisations. Elizabeth completed a doctorate in anthropology in 2011 at the London School of Economics. Her PhD thesis examined labour migration from South Asia to the Arab region through a focus on Sri Lankan domestic workers in Jordan. Before joining the International Migration Initiative, Elizabeth worked as a consultant with the Open Society Foundations' Arab Regional Office in Jordan. She has also worked as a researcher on issues relating to refugees and asylum seekers at the American University in Cairo’s Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program in Egypt. She has carried out research in Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, and Turkey.

11 March - Lucia Laurent-Neva (Founder & Director Visual Signo & Co-Founder Semiofest)
Anthropology & Commercial Practice

Lucia is a designer and anthropologist specialising in design semiotics and material culture. She has extensive experience in the development of tools for cultural analysis and design innovation through the application of design theoretical principles, anthropological and semiotic thinking. She is skilled in strategy, product & brand innovation and creative development. Lucia has over 15 years of experience working for commercial and non-commercial clients around the globe. She is the founder of Visual Signo, UK and Co-Founder of Semiofest (A Celebration of Semiotic Thinking).

Organisers: Hannah Knox

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