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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.


Autumn 2016

Cancelled - 26th October - Anna Zavyalova & Meredith Smith (Stripe Partners)
Embodied Knowledge: using ethnography to build strategy

Stripe Partners is a London-based consultancy, which offers ethnographic research of different kinds.  It is established by anthropologists, and employs a number of ethnographers and designers. Anna is an anthropologist, while Meredith trained in design and innovation management.

30th November - Elizabeth Cory-Pearce (Tavistock Institute)
Anthropological Threads in the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations Archive

The talk will be presented by Dr Mannie Sher, Dr Sadie King, and Dr Elizabeth Cory-Pearce.

The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1947 that applies social science to contemporary issues and problems. The core purpose or ambition of the Institute is the study of human relations for the purpose of the bettering of working life and conditions of all humans within their organisations, communities and broader society. The Institute has a history of working with organisations and sectors that are required to look at systemic questions in order to achieve greater and more effective change. We engage in evaluation and action research, organisational development and change consultancy, and executive coaching and professional development all in the service of supporting sustainable change and ongoing learning. We publish the results of such work in our peer-reviewed journals, Human Relations and Evaluation, and we train students in or for any branch of that study. We operate as a bridge between policy and research, asking always ‘What does this data mean?’, and, ‘How can we apply it to make sense of it in a way that will serve the purpose for which we work?’ We work nationally and internationally to promote a learning culture in organisations and communities, developing individuals, groups and organisations in their capacity to think through their actions, and to put into practice new insights that enhance the quality of conversation and engagement. 

The Tavistock Institute Archive Project – of which our talk is a part – is the product of a unique collaboration between the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) and the Wellcome Library of the Wellcome Trust. The Archive Project is a cultural project which aims to celebrate and re-imagine the work of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations by making its archival material accessible, and engaging newly with it. Over 300 boxes of material dating back to the Institute’s formation will be sorted, categorised and described. Our talk is a part of this project, and in it we attempt to begin to show the Institute’s contribution to the evolution of applied social science in the public domain. The Archive Project aims to start new conversations; develop our audience; and invite engagement with new practice. The opportunity to come and talk at UCL is contributing to that emerging practice.

Organisers: Hannah Knox h.knox@ucl.ac.uk, Adam Drazin a.drazin@ucl.ac.uk and Ruth Mandel r.mandel@ucl.ac.uk