SCI | Extending the imagination
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:
It has been a hugely busy start to the academic year 2013/14 for staff and students alike. Our Anthrosociety has held a successful debate, hosting Dr Jo Cook and Dr Lucio Vinicius on the topic of Piece of Mind. Staff put the finishing touches on the Research Excellence Framework submission due this November and began to discuss the directions which research and teaching will take in the Department over the next seven years. With the arrivals of the new President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, and the new Dean of the Social and Historical Sciences (SHS), Professor Mary Fulbrook, the College is abuzz with debate about the vision for UCL reaching forward into the 2020s. More...
Published: Nov 29, 2013 5:04:11 PM
Professor Charles Stewart is to give an inaugural lecture at 6.30pm on Tuesday 28 January 2014, at Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT. More...
Published: Nov 29, 2013 11:04:48 AM
"Archive on 4" will air "Monkey Planet" on Saturday 30 Nov 2013, 20:00-21:00. More...
Published: Nov 27, 2013 2:18:54 PM
A special talk by Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe, Department of Anthropology, Rice University More...
Published: Nov 21, 2013 3:50:24 PM
In a departure from the normal format, the British Museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre, in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute, is pleased to present two papers by Dr Kaori O’Connor. She will begin by talking about her book ‘The English breakfast’: there will then be a short break during which it is hoped to serve a few ‘alternative’ Christmas ‘puddings’ from around the globe, after which she will finish by talking about ‘The King’s Christmas pudding’. More...
Published: Nov 19, 2013 4:46:45 PM
Header pictures by Wim Durang
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