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Serpentine Galleries: An Evening on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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Serpentine Galleries

Inaugural Lecture - The Porous University: Creating Partnerships in a Global City

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Main Quad Michael Stewart

Professor Michael Stewart is to give an inaugural lecture at 6.30pm on Tuesday 5 May 2015, at Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.

Aesthetics and ethics: An enquiry into their relationship 

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A one-day workshop organised by UCL Anthropology.

Date: Wednesday 6 May 2015 (9:30am–4 pm)
Venue
: Daryll Forde Seminar Room, UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW

Culture Counts!

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New developments in understanding how and why culture varies as much and as little as it does, how it achieves its effects on attitudes and decisions, and how to measure and model it.

Call for Papers - Anthropology in London Day 2015 Conference: Anthropology on the Move

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Anthropology on the Move

This year’s Anthropology in London conference invites paper and panel proposals that explore movement in the broadest sense, including movement of objects, people, ideas, cultural practices, and narratives; the structures, discourses, and practices that aid or obstruct such movements; the movement of bodies in dance, ritual, and performance; and anthropological theory and practice ‘on the move’, in step with a changing world. Core themes include, but are not limited to:

MN Srinivas Lecture 2015 - Christopher Pinney: 'Destroying the Negatives: M.N. Srinivas, “India’s Villages”, and Photography'

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Start: Mar 19, 2015 6:15:00 PM
End: Mar 19, 2015 7:30:00 PM

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, 11th March.

Charlie, Secular Culture and Practical Wisdom

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According to many, the brutal attack on Charlie Hebdo has been an aggression against the secular understood as the realm where freedom of speech is not limited by religious or ideological constraints. In painting this picture, commentators have evoked the Age of Reason. In a society based on the values of the Enlightenment, it has been argued, humor should be un-restrained. But, is this the case? Is the secular really a neutral sphere? And, should Voltairean reason be the only guideline for satire in the West? A dose of Anthropological sensibility can help us to contextualise and to answer these questions.

Empowering Society with GNH - Gross National Happiness in Practice

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Gross National Happiness

Join us for a special seminar by Dr Saamdu Chetri (Executive Director, Gross National Happiness Centre, Bhutan).

Call For Papers. The War of Worlds: Self and Society in Social Movements

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This conference will be held on the 4th and 5th of June 2015, in the Department of Anthropology at UCL.

H. G. Wells’ science-fiction classic, The War of the Worlds, a parable of nineteenth-century British imperialism, imagined southern England under deadly and devastating attack from Mars: a threat personified entirely by a technologically superior and brutal Martian ‘Other’. This two-day conference at UCL, The War of Worlds, drops the definite article to explore relations of domination and resistance in the twenty-first century. Today transnational corporate cartels have brought formerly imperial relations of domination ‘home’ to the West: as their sovereign populations are economically abandoned, digitally surveilled, and opposition suppressed through an increasingly militarized police. As a result we might begin to think globally about the way perceived threats to architectures of domination once personified by the ‘Other’, have turned to new threats posed by what Povinelli terms the ‘otherwise’: alternative ways of being alive in the same territories which propose that – in the words of the World Social Forum – ‘another world is possible’.

Inaugural Conference: Anthropological Visions of Sustainable Futures

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The inaugural CAOS (Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability) conference will be held at UCL between 12th to14th February 2015.

Two Lectureships Available in UCL Anthropology

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Current Vacancies

UCL Anthropology currently has two vacancies: Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Environmental Anthropology / Human Ecology, and Lecturer in Palaeoanthropology and Human Evolution.

UCL Anthropology REF 2014

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REF 2014

We are proud to report that we entered 100% of eligible research staff in the Research Excellence Framework. We improved upon our excellent performance in RAE 2008 - the majority of research outputs were ranked in the top 4* and 3* categories. Overall, we are now the highest ranked London anthropology department. We achieved the second highest percentage of 4* quality of any Department in the country.

How To Do the Ethnography of World-System Photography

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Start: Nov 28, 2014 5:00:00 PM
End: Nov 28, 2014 7:00:00 PM

Adrian Gerbrands Lecture

Professor Christopher Pinney is going to give the 4th Adrian Gerbrands Lecture on Friday 28th November 2014, at the National Museum of Ethnology, Steenstraat 1, 2300 AE Leiden.

Where is the Field? Anthropology of the Past, Present and Future.

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Debate 2014

UCL AnthSoc proudly invites you to our fist departmental debate of the year.

Wednesday 26th November 4pm, Anthropology Common Room

Anthropology Alumni Meet and Greet

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Anthro Alumni

For how much longer will you be a student? How much thought have you put into what you wish to do once you graduate? If you know of your future vocation, have you identified the steps you need to take to achieve it? Would you benefit from hearing of the experiences of some of our past students?

The latest issue of ANTHROPOLITAN is available online

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Current Issue

The academic year 2014/15 has started well for staff and students alike. The department now hosts 27 postdoctoral research staff, the majority of whom are seated in a lovely room on the 5th floor of Wolfson House, joined by advanced doctoral students who have given up their desks in the department for our first year MPhil/PhD students. We were very sad to have to say goodbye to our esteemed lecturer Dr Matthew Skinner, who joins his partner at the University of Kent. Meanwhile we have welcomed two new teaching staff, Dr Kimberly Chong and Dr Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic, who both join us for a period of three years.

UCL Anthropology Postdoctorate Wins Australian Anthropology Article Prize

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AAS prize

UCL Postdoctorate Dr Rebekah Plueckhahn has won the 2014 Article Prize given by the Australian Anthropology Society (AAS).

Joint Departmental Seminars

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Departmental Seminars

UCL Anthropology has launched a new joint Departmental Seminar Series this year.

Starting after the November reading week, three joint seminars have been scheduled on Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm in the Daryll Forde Seminar Room, covering research topics from all four sub-sections including Biological Anthropology, Social Anthropology, Material Culture and Medial Anthropology in the department. There will be live streaming in the student common room for each seminar.

Special Preview screening and Q&A - On the bride’s side/Io sto con la sposa

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Start: Nov 19, 2014 6:30:00 PM

On The Bride's Side

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On the bride’s side/Io sto con la sposa
A film by
Gabriele Del Grande
Antonio Augugliaro
Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry

The Work of Games in the Age of Digital Production

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Thomas Malaby

The Centre for Digital Anthropology is proud to present a talk by Thomas Malaby, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Ordinary Extraordinary: The Anthropology of Risk, Limits and Exposure

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6-7 November 2014
Department of Anthropology
University College London
14 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW

Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2014

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Mary Douglas

The event is oversubscribed. For those who haven't got the ticket, you can watch it live online at: www.ucl.ac.uk/live.

Mongolia Return

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Start: Oct 22, 2014 11:00:00 AM
End: Oct 22, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Uurga

Wednesday 22nd October, 11-12pm, staff common room

Artist, Hermione Spriggs will speak about her current work from Mongolia, entitled: UURGA (irregular loop).

CIVILISATION & ITS CRITIQUES - Horizons of History: Framing Religion and Politics in India and Beyond

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Start: Nov 14, 2014 2:00:00 PM
End: Nov 14, 2014 5:00:00 PM

Horizons of History Poster

a workshop with Wendy Doniger on the politics of the longue durée and other temporal frames.

UCL Friday November 14th 2014
Department of Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW
2 to 5pm, with a reception from 5 to 6pm

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