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Open City Documentary Festival 2018: Programme Revealed

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Art of Non Fic

We’ll open with Juliana Antunes’ Baronesa and close with Cyril Aris’ The Swing, amongst a programme that includes: 75+ films from more than 30 different countries; 30+ UK Premieres; a true variety of form, region and subject; and an equal balance between male and female identified directors in the film programme.

Part-Scholarships Available for Open City Docs MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film for 2018/19 Academic Year

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Open City Docs Scholarships 2018

Open City Docs School is delighted to announce a number of scholarships (in the form of partial fee waivers) for places on any of the four pathways on the UCL MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film.

Open City Docs / UCL graduate announced as winner of One World Media Award for Best Student Film for third year in a row

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One World Media Award 2018

[London, 19th June 2018] Open City Docs School is delighted to announce 2017 MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film graduate Paul Zhou as the winner of this year’s Student Award at the 2018 One World Media Awards for his graduation film China In Ethiopia.

ExCiteS Wins Provost's Public Engagement Award 2018

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The Extreme Citizen Science Research Group (ExCiteS) directed by Muki Haklay (Geography) and Jerome Lewis (Anthropology) collectively won the Provosts’ Award for Public Engagement the ‘Institutional Leadership award 2018' at last night’s ceremony celebrating 10 years of the Public Engagement Unit at UCL.

Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2018

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Caroline Humphrey

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture will be presented by Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, on Wednesday 23 May at 6pm in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre, UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. 

Job Vacancies

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UCL Anthropology seeks invites applications for an Associate Professor in Ethnographic Film Practice and Visual Anthropology and a Lecturer in Digital Anthropology. Please follow the links for further details and an online application form.

Call For Papers and Artist Submissions - Becoming Image: Medicine and the Algorithmic Gaze

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Becoming Image

An interdisciplinary Symposium

23 May 2018 at UCL

Liz Orton, visual artist, Digital Insides and London College of Communication
Dr Aaron Parkhurst, Department of Anthropology, UCL
Dr Timothy Carroll, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology, UCL
Professor Steve Halligan, Director of the Centre for Medical Imaging, UCL

Daryll Forde Lecture

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Start: Jan 24, 2018 5:00:00 PM

Daryll Forde Lecture

UCL Anthropology invites you to the 2018 Daryll Forde Lecture to be held on Wednesday 24 January 2018 at 5pm.

Two lectureships in Palaeoanthropology and Evolutionary Anthropology available at UCL

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Lecturer in Palaeoanthropology and Human Evolution

UCL Anthropology invites applications for a Lecturer in Palaeoanthropology and Human Evolution with particular emphasis on interpreting the palaeontological record of hominin evolution from an interdisciplinary perspective. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out high-quality research and contribute to teaching for undergraduate introductory courses in evolutionary anthropology, to teach Undergraduate second/third year and Taught Graduate (Masters) courses in palaeoanthropology and to contribute to teaching research methods at all levels. There is also the possibility of developing an advanced optional module in the appointee’s area of specialisation.

Lecturer in Biosocial Medical Anthropology

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UCL Anthropology invites applications for the position of Lecturer in Biosocial Medical Anthropology. The postholder will bring skills and experience that respond to contemporary demands and needs around emerging aspects of Biosocial Medical Anthropology, in order to help develop and expand our Masters and PhD programmes across the department and build links across UCL and beyond academia. The postholder will build on current programmes (MSc Medical Anthropology) whilst also helping to develop new programmes (MSc in Biosocial Medical Anthropology to start in September 2018). They will contribute to teaching core and optional courses as well as research methods to Postgraduate students within Anthropology, across the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, and beyond UCL, in line with emerging models of ‘opening up’ courses).

Non-human personhood? Volker Sommer @ UCL's Lunch-hour lecture

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Start: Oct 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM
End: Oct 24, 2017 2:00:00 PM



They raised the roof the first time around. For the 6-lecture mini-series of "Encore!", the UCL events team invited the most popular LHL (Lunch Hour Lecture) speakers back for a curtain call – including Volker Sommer, whose 2011 talk "Against Nature? Homosexuality and Evolution" is among the highest viewed LHLs on UCL's YouTube channel. Volker Sommer will again speak on the broader theme of equality and inclusivity

PhD Studentship in Reconfiguring Thermal Comfort in Offices

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The UCL Energy Institute and UCL Anthropology, in collaboration with Konica Minolta, invite applications for a 4-year Industrial Strategy research challenges PhD Studentship funded by the ESRC through the UCL, Bloomsbury & East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Partnership.

MA Creative & Collaborative Enterprise Scholarships for 2017-18

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Open City Docs School is delighted to announce five scholarships (in the form of partial fee waivers) for places on any of the three pathways on the MA Creative & Collaborative Enterprise

PhD Studentship: Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing

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Duration: 1st October 2017 to 1st April 2021

The Department of Anthropology at UCL has secured ERC funding* for a 3.5-year PhD studentship on the Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing project, led by Professor Daniel Miller. The project starts 1st October 2017, with 15 months of fieldwork starting from 1st February 2018. The candidate is likely to be spending most of their time in London before and after fieldwork.

Why Do Only Humans Talk?

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Current Anthropology

At last, scientists have come up with an explanation.

The origins of speech has been one of the great unsolved mysteries of modern science. A new article in Current Anthropology explains why it is that out of 220 primate species we are the only ones that talk.

MA Ethnographic Scholarships for 2017-18

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Open City Docs School is delighted to announce five scholarships (in the form of partial fee waivers) for places on any of the three pathways on MA Ethnographic and Documentary Film. 

The latest issue of ANTHROPOLITAN is available online

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The academic year 2016/17 is coming to an end, with staff and students now looking forward to researching, writing, travelling and relaxing over the summer, whilst our graduates move on to the next stage of their lives.It’s been a busy academic year. We have seen the culmination of some of our large ERC grants. For instance, Daniel Miller’s social networking project ‘Why We Post’ involved a team of nine anthropologists each conducting 15 month ethnographies on the use and consequences of social media in China, the Syrian-Turkish border, Brazil, Chile, Trinidad, South India, Italy and the UK. We have now seen the publication of the first eight of 11 volumes of research as free Open Access volumes by UCL Press (183,000 downloads), the launch of the Why We Post free e-learning course (on FutureLearn in eight languages), and the launch of the project website (www.ucl.ac.uk/why-we-post) with over 100 films in eight languages.

Open City Docs School and UCL graduate announced as winner of One World Media Award for Best Student Film

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One World Media Awards

Open City Docs School is delighted to announce 2016 MA Ethnographic and Documentary Film graduate Minmin Wu as the winner of this years Student Award at the One World Media Awards for her graduation film Waste. She was presented with the award by Ben Zand – head of the jury for the Student Award - at the awards ceremony celebrating journalistic excellence in international media coverage of the developing world for the 29th year. Wu is the second Open City Docs School MA graduate to receive the award after Fernando González Mitjans’ win for his graduation film Limpiadores in 2016.

Mary Douglas Awards 2017/18

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UCL Anthropology is delighted to announce the Mary Douglas Awards scheme - a series of partial fee waivers linked to our Masters programmes. Eight awards of £3,000 are available for the 17/18 academic year.

Engaging Refugee Narratives: Perspectives from Academia and the Arts

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Start: Jun 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM
End: Jun 17, 2017 5:30:00 PM


Engaging Refugee Narratives explores how narratives by and about refugees and migrants are disseminated, how ideas become shared and meaningful to a larger group, how influence builds. The three sessions of this event focus on digital forms of communication and online archiving, graphic memoir and cartooning, varied forms of live performance of telling stories. 

MSc in Human Evolution and Behaviour: high-quality publications – and PhD candidates

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The Master in Human Evolution and Behaviour at the UCL Department of Anthropology has run for two decades. Many of our graduates have since become leading academics in their own right. Below is a selection of career trajectories and current publications of some of our recent graduates – including a student blog that garnered 700.000 views... Prof Volker Sommer, Tutor, MSc HEB

Amalia Pica exhibits in Bogotá – inspired by Gashaka Primate Project

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  • Argentinean artist Amalia Pica puts on a show at NC-arte, Bogotá, Columbia (www.nc-arte.org)
  • "A un Brazo de Distancia" / "At Arm's Length", 22 April – 24 June, 2017 
  • in collaboration with Rafael Ortega
  • curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas and Claudia Segura Campins
  • enabled by Gonçalo Jesus and Volker Sommer

In Memory of Gill Conquest

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Gill Conquest

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gill Conquest on May 5, 2017.

Gill was an exceptional student and an exceptional person. Her interests were broad-ranging, extending well beyond the academic through performances of traditional stories and pantomimes, to writing plays and science fiction, sailing and playing games, and to music and dancing, all alongside her passionate commitment to developing the interfaces of technology and citizenship to support cultural and ecological diversity. She brought a sense of wonder and fun to all of her activities, embracing new experiences and opportunities at every chance with good humour and enthusiasm.

The State We’re In: Anthropological Perspectives on Brexit and Trump

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Start: Mar 15, 2017 5:00:00 PM
End: Mar 15, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Brexit Poster

Join Anthropology Department staff and students including Haidy Geismar, Kit Opie, Chris Pinney, Mike Rowlands and Michael Stewart for a discussion of how anthropology might illuminate our current predicament. 

"Making Nature: How we see animals" – Wellcome Trust Exhibition with Marcus Coates and Volker Sommer

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Exhibition Poster

Kicking off a year-long exploration into our relationship with nature, this major exhibition examines what we think, feel and value about other species and the consequences this has for the world around us. It brings together over 100 fascinating objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography. Organised around four themes – ‘Ordering’, ‘Displaying’, ‘Observing’ and ‘Making’ – the event charts the changing fashions of museum displays, examines the search for an authentic encounter with nature, and looks at how humans have intentionally altered other organisms.

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