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LabUK | Ethnographies of Britain

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A Word of Welcome:

The Laboratory for the Ethnography of the UK (LabUK) is a research platform for the study of contemporary British society and culture through an anthropological lens. Along with other post-industrial societies, Britain is an implicit reference point in much anthropological thinking, imagined primarily as an exemplar of ‘the West’. But what does Britain look like as a subject of ethnographic enquiry? And what value does its study add to anthropology and broader public debates about contemporary British society and culture and their future?

LabUK provides a home for versatile ethnographic research, exploring cultural, political, ethnic, medical, visual and material aspects of living in Britain. A hub of diverse intellectual and research activities and events, LabUK promotes empirically driven thinking, comparison, ethnographic reflexivity, and readiness to experiment with unconventional themes and creative interdisciplinary methodologies.

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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A C D D B Studio of Material Life
Everyday Citizens Imagination, Body and Performance Fashioning Material Britain Organic and Built Landscape Health care, living and dying Studio of Material Life
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Daryll Forde Lecture

Daryll Forde Lecture

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

Published: Jan 15, 2018 2:00:00 PM

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Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2018

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.  More...

Published: Jan 12, 2018 3:09:32 PM

Two lectureships in Palaeoanthropology and Evolutionary Anthropology available at UCL

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. More...

Published: Dec 11, 2017 2:44:00 PM

Lecturer in Biosocial Medical Anthropology

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). More...

Published: Nov 14, 2017 12:39:45 PM

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

Encore!  More...

Published: Oct 19, 2017 11:03:04 AM