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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

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Encore! 

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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Anthropolitan

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

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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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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

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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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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.

Human Sciences Symposium 2017

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Start: Mar 4, 2017 2:00:00 PM
End: Mar 4, 2017 5:30:00 PM

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Join this UCL Human Sciences Society event for an afternoon of talks on the long-going quest of unraveling consciousness from experts from multiple fields.

Anthropology in London Day 2017

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Tuesday 13 June 2017, 9.30am-6pm
UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW

Obituary for Thomas Quick  (BSc Anthropology, 2006–2008)

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It is with great sorrow, that we post sad news about Thomas Quick, one of our outstanding former BSc Anthropology students, who has unexpectedly died of cancer – at the onset of a promising career and the young age of 29. His grief-stricken family kindly shared some memories about Thomas, from which we quote below. Myself and other colleagues at UCL who got to know Thomas as academics and administrators treasure the privilege and pleasure this has been. Our thoughts are with the loved ones he leaves behind. His fiancée Sarah and his family hope to acquire a piece of UK woodland that can be maintained in his memory, with an emphasis on careful stewardship to encourage biodiversity.

Rupture

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Start: Feb 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM
End: Feb 15, 2017 5:00:00 PM

How to think a world experienced as turmoil? And how far might that sense of turmoil - of a world apparently running away with itself - be conceived as an occasion for anthropological thinking to break with itself? We take the concept of rupture as the lens that brings into focus an urgent concern with radical change. Linking the possibility of a new departure with a deliberate break with existing orders, rupture thematises disavowal, negation and violence as constituents or moments that are immanent to the production of difference. It thus lends a harder edge to the talk of novelty, creativity and emergence with which anthropological and broader theoretical theorizing, reflecting global trends in social discourse, is currently awash. Counterpoising the dynamics of event, eruption, disruption, radical critique and brutal affirmation to the more organic language of potentiality, collaboration, resilience and transformation, our concern with rupture seeks to make a break for anthropology, and perhaps with it, too.

Non-Human Personhood - Volker Sommer on BBC Radio 4

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Start: Dec 20, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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"ALMOST HUMAN RIGHTS" - BBC Radio 4

20 Dec 2016 (Tuesday), 11:00–11:30
26 Dec 16 (Boxing Day), 21:00–21:30
& on BBC i-player 

Anthropolitan 2.0

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We are pleased to announce that our departmental magazine Anthropolitan will be upgraded to Anthropolitan 2.0 in the coming weeks. This not only means that there will be an enhanced and comprehensive online presence of the magazine – on a central dedicated website as well as social media platforms – but also that students and staff in the department will have more opportunities to get involved in promoting UCL Anthropology, raising awareness of anthropology globally. We are currently looking for student volunteers to help facilitate this process. It requires passion, some reporting and story-telling skills, as well as basic digital competence to be an editor. And our editorial team will be rewarded for their work. 

Sigrid Rausing PhD Studentship in Human Rights Research

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The Department of Anthropology at UCL is seeking applications for an MPhil/PhD candidate fully funded by The Sigrid Rausing Trust, to commence in the academic session 2017/18.

UCL partner with Twitter to broadcast lecture on Periscope

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A UCL lecture will be live-streamed around the world next week on the Periscope platform, in the first partnership of its kind with a UK university.

Funded MPhil/PhD Opportunities

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The Department of Anthropology at UCL is seeking 2 MPhil/PhD candidates to participate in an exciting ERC funded project “Citizens of Photography: The Camera and the Political Imagination” co-ordinated by Professor Christopher Pinney. Participants will be required to conduct fieldwork in one of the following locations: Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Nicaragua. “Citizens of Photography” is an empirical anthropological investigation of the relationship between photographic self-representation and different societies’ understanding of what is politically possible. Prolonged ethnographic fieldwork will study how local communities use photography to represent individuals, families, and other identities and explore whether this plays a role in the manner in which people articulate their political hopes and demands. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Christopher Pinney at c.pinney@ucl.ac.uk for further details.

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, 15th June, 14 Taviton Street, London.

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