LabUK | Ethnographies of Britain
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:
|Everyday Citizens||Imagination, Body and Performance||Fashioning Material Britain||Organic and Built Landscape||Health care, living and dying|
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A discussion on the pleasures of armchair anthropology and the suffering of travellers with
Starts: May 1, 2013 5:00:00 PM
This workshop hopes to bring together a range of themes, including ideas of sameness and difference, temporality, comparison, and cosmology, drawing on philosophical and religious texts from Chinese, Japanese, and inner Asian traditions to inform anthropological perspectives. In particular, we are interested in discussing and exploring how and to what extent ideas from these traditions can help problematize ethnographic concerns with cross-cultural translation.
Starts: Apr 29, 2013 9:30:00 AM