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Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2016

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Michael Thompson

The 3rd Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture will be held on Wednesday 25 May at 6pm in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre, UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW, followed by a drinks reception.

Workshop: Everyday Politics and Social Media

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Start: Apr 21, 2016 9:30:00 AM
End: Apr 21, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Everyday Politics and Social Media

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Dr Elisabetta Costa, British Institute at Ankara (BIAA)
Dr Razvan Nicolescu
, UCL Anthropology

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship: Workplace Design in the Digital Age

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The UCL Department of Anthropology is delighted to announce a fully funded 3.5 years (starting from 01 October 2016) collaborative doctoral studentship on Workplace Design in the Digital Age.

International Summer School for Undergraduates

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This summer, UCL will open its doors for the first International Summer School for Undergraduates (ISSU). This will provide undergraduate students from the UK and abroad with the opportunity to take credit bearing courses over the summer here at UCL.

The latest issue of ANTHROPOLITAN is available online

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Current Issue

Winter is drawing to a close, with spring offering fleeting glimpses of the bright blue skies it holds in store for us. The academic year 2015/16 is at its midpoint, and staff and students are now feeling settled into the year. Our new staff, Dr Emily Woodhouse in Human Ecology and Dr Maria Martinon-Torres in Paleoanthropology, have settled in well. Dr Martinon-Torres immediately set about to create a wonderful opportunity for our students to join a field-camp in Europe’s most important fossil excavation site in Atapuerca, Spain, as part of their coursework, and developments are underway to extend a special relation to paleoanthropological departments and associated field-sites in China. To our delight, our Teaching Fellows are staying with us for a further academic year to the end of 2016/17.

Postgraduate Open Day

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Open Day

The Department of Anthropology at UCL invites all prospective candidates to the Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday, 2nd March, 14 Taviton Street, London.

Ethnographies of Austerity

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Daniel Knight and Charles Stewart have edited a special issue of the journal History and Anthropology, with the title: Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe. The entire issue IS AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF FEBRUARY on open access at: www.tandfonline.com/toc/ghan20/27/1

First estimate of Pygmy population in Central Africa reveals their plight

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The forests of Central Africa could be home to up to 920,000 Pygmies, according to researchers from UCL, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Malaga, who have conducted the first measured estimate of the population and distribution of these indigenous groups.

Jerome Lewis Presents William Fagg Lecture

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British Museum William Fagg Lecture 2015

Dr Jerome Lewis will present at the Annual William Fagg Lecture to be held on Friday 18 December at the British Museum.

Turner Prize Winners

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MA in Material and Visual Culture graduate Amica Dall along with her colleagues of the Assemble collective won this year's Turner Prize, Britain's most prestigious art prize. Read more in the Guardian.

Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series: Anthropology and Art History

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Frank Davis Memorial Lecture

Prof Christopher Pinney is to present at the Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series: Anthropology and Art History, on Tuesday 8th December 2015 at 5.30pm, in the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Undergraduate Open Day

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Undergrasuate Open Day

The Department of Anthropology invites all prospective candidates for the BSc Anthropology/ BSc Anthropology with a Year Abroad degree to our Open Day on Wednesday 2 December 2015 at 1.00pm.

UCL Anthropology creates first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

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MOOC Social Media

The very first University College London MOOC (free on-line Open Access university course) to be launched on the FutureLearn platform, has been created by The Department of Anthropology.

Tasting Culture, Writing Rhythm, Dreaming Worlds: Where Anthropology and Literature Meet

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Start: Dec 16, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 16, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Parallel Worlds

Special seminar with Prof Alma Gottlieb & Prof Philip Graham, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Lecture: Social Scripts on Social Media: Studying the Performances of Normativity Online

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Start: Nov 16, 2015 12:00:00 PM
End: Nov 16, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Nell Haynes delivers a public lecture at the international conference Media, Culture and Change Across the Pacific: Perspectives from Oceania, Asia and the Americas.

"Not eating like a pig". Research on boars washing their food makes headlines

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Pigs Food washing

by Volker Sommer (Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology)

The earliest unequivocally modern humans in southern China

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Maria in the cave

Congratulations to Dr María Martinón-Torres whose paper has just been published in the journal Nature.

Maria says “We have discovered 47 human teeth in China that are between 80,000 and 120,000 years old, suggesting it took early humans at least twice as long to enter Europe than they did to expand throughout Asia. The result, published in the journal Nature, challenges our current understanding of how humans evolved and spread – especially how we ended up replacing the Neanderthals."

Workshop: Everyday Politics and Social Media - Ethnographic Approaches

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Start: Apr 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM
End: Apr 21, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Octagon Small Grants Fund

ALL WELCOME!

Debates about the impact of social media on politics are now well established. It is acknowledged that social media are involved in different levels of political participation, from local campaigns and engagement with regional elections, up to more visible national uprisings, transnational protests and forms of solidarity. But almost all this work derives from studies where the academic focus is political action, or what can be called ‘formal politics’. 

Seminar: Circles and Strangers: the challenge of contextualising Chinese social media use

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Start: Oct 20, 2015 1:00:00 PM
End: Oct 20, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Tom McDonald, from the Global Social Media Impact Study discusses the findings of his research.

This event is part of the Departmental Luncheon Colloquium Series at the Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong.

Provost’s Teaching Awards 2015

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PTA 2015 - Lucio Vinicius

Congratulations to Dr Lucio Vinicius who has won this year's Provost's Teaching Awards.

Talk: Gender and Politics in the Middle-East

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Start: Jul 9, 2015 1:00:00 PM
End: Jul 9, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Elisabetta Costa from the Global Social Media Impact Study will present the results of her research on the impact of social media use in a guest lecture at the SOAS Summer School on "Gender and Politics in the Middle-East" that is being held at SOAS between 6 - 24 July 2015.

Figuring out the Future Emerging subjects and the flux of the economic present

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Emerging subjects workshop

Workshop, 9th June 2015
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW

Cosmologies of destiny: One-day workshop on the ethnography of predestination, temporality & freedom

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Start: Jun 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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What does it mean to live a life that has already been written? How does one understand the past and prepare for the future when superior forces mingle with human agency? Distinctly from notions of fortune and coincidence, ‘destiny’ evokes conceptions of human lives and futures that are pre-determined: be it by high political powers, cosmic forces, or transcendental entities.

The Subjectivity of the Body in Mental Health: An Anthropological Workshop

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Start: May 28, 2015 10:00:00 AM
End: May 29, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Subjectivity and Mental Health

In recent years there has been a lot of debate about subjectivities and mental health. The forming of the self through techniques has subsequently given new angles on research of the formation of selves through bodily and mental practices. Some of those studies, however, tend towards a hidden essentialism – body and mind as the instruments that are used to act upon an assumed self. On the other side of the spectrum, studies of subjectivity assume that the subject is ephemeral, immaterial, a thing of the law, language or the mind alone. If we do not challenge this assumption, we might easily fall into the trap Foucault cautioned against when he called the soul a prison of the body.

Material Culture Research Day

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Start: May 20, 2015 1:00:00 PM
End: May 20, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Material Culture Research Day

Please join us for a series of informal talks on current research by PhD students, Postdocs, Visitors and Material Culture Staff from the UCL Department.

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