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SCI | Extending the imagination

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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:

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Alternative Economies

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Cosmology, Religion, Ontology and Culture (CROC)

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Historical Consciousness

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Images of Democracy and Revolution

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Inner Worlds

News and Events

Anthropology on the Move

Call for Papers - Anthropology in London Day 2015 Conference: 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:
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Published: Feb 25, 2015 1:19:19 PM

MN SRINIVAS MEMORIAL LECTURE-1

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

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Published: Feb 24, 2015 11:46:29 AM

Open Day

Postgraduate Open Day

The Department of Anthropology at UCL invites all prospective candidates to the Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday, 11th March. More...

Published: Jan 28, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Huffington Post

Charlie, Secular Culture and Practical Wisdom

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. More...

Published: Jan 28, 2015 12:04:50 PM

Gross National Happiness

Empowering Society with GNH - Gross National Happiness in Practice

Join us for a special seminar by Dr Saamdu Chetri (Executive Director, Gross National Happiness Centre, Bhutan).
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Published: Jan 22, 2015 3:11:05 PM





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