News and Events
Anthropology in London Day 2017
Publication date: 15 February 2017
Tuesday 13 June 2017, 9.30am-6pm
UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW
Obituary for Thomas Quick (BSc Anthropology, 2006–2008)
Publication date: 13 February 2017
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.
Publication date: 25 January 2017
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
Publication date: 19 December 2016
Start: Dec 20, 2016 11:00:00 AM
Publication date: 14 December 2016
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
Publication date: 9 December 2016
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
Publication date: 21 October 2016
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
Publication date: 26 July 2016
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Postgraduate Open Day
Publication date: 9 June 2016
Engaging Refugee Narratives: Perspectives from Academia and the Arts
Publication date: 16 May 2016
Jun 20, 2016 9:30:00 AM
End: Jun 21, 2016 5:00:00 PM
Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2016
Publication date: 28 April 2016
Workshop: Everyday Politics and Social Media
Publication date: 13 April 2016
Apr 21, 2016 9:30:00 AM
End: Apr 21, 2016 5:00:00 PM
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship: Workplace Design in the Digital Age
Publication date: 31 March 2016
Department of Anthropology is delighted to announce a fully funded
3.5 years (starting from 01 October 2016) collaborative doctoral studentship on Workplace Design in the Digital Age.
International Summer School for Undergraduates
Publication date: 14 March 2016
The latest issue of ANTHROPOLITAN is available online
Publication date: 2 March 2016
Winter is drawing to a close, with spring offering fleeting glimpses of the bright blue skies it holds in store for us. The academic year 2015/16 is at its midpoint, and staff and students are now feeling settled into the year. Our new staff, Dr Emily Woodhouse in Human Ecology and Dr Maria Martinon-Torres in Paleoanthropology, have settled in well. Dr Martinon-Torres immediately set about to create a wonderful opportunity for our students to join a field-camp in Europe’s most important fossil excavation site in Atapuerca, Spain, as part of their coursework, and developments are underway to extend a special relation to paleoanthropological departments and associated field-sites in China. To our delight, our Teaching Fellows are staying with us for a further academic year to the end of 2016/17.
Ethnographies of Austerity
Publication date: 18 January 2016
Daniel Knight and Charles Stewart have edited a special issue of the journal History and Anthropology, with the title: Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe. The entire issue IS AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF FEBRUARY on open access at: www.tandfonline.com/toc/ghan20/27/1
First estimate of Pygmy population in Central Africa reveals their plight
Publication date: 15 January 2016
Jerome Lewis Presents William Fagg Lecture
Publication date: 14 December 2015
Turner Prize Winners
Publication date: 9 December 2015
MA in Material and Visual Culture graduate Amica Dall along
with her colleagues of the Assemble collective won this year's Turner Prize,
Britain's most prestigious art prize. Read more in the Guardian.
Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series: Anthropology and Art History
Publication date: 3 December 2015
Undergraduate Open Day
Publication date: 25 November 2015
UCL Anthropology creates first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
Publication date: 17 November 2015
Tasting Culture, Writing Rhythm, Dreaming Worlds: Where Anthropology and Literature Meet
Publication date: 13 November 2015
Dec 16, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 16, 2015 7:00:00 PM
"Not eating like a pig". Research on boars washing their food makes headlines
Publication date: 1 November 2015
by Volker Sommer (Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology)
The earliest unequivocally modern humans in southern China
Publication date: 15 October 2015
Congratulations to Dr María Martinón-Torres whose paper has just been published in the journal Nature.
Maria says “We have discovered 47 human teeth in China that are between 80,000 and 120,000 years old, suggesting it took early humans at least twice as long to enter Europe than they did to expand throughout Asia. The result, published in the journal Nature, challenges our current understanding of how humans evolved and spread – especially how we ended up replacing the Neanderthals."