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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

News and Events

Anthro Alumni

Anthropology Alumni Meet and Greet

For how much longer will you be a student? How much thought have you put into what you wish to do once you graduate? If you know of your future vocation, have you identified the steps you need to take to achieve it? Would you benefit from hearing of the experiences of some of our past students? More...

Published: Nov 24, 2014 2:40:39 PM

Current Issue

The latest issue of ANTHROPOLITAN is available online

The academic year 2014/15 has started well for staff and students alike. The department now hosts 27 postdoctoral research staff, the majority of whom are seated in a lovely room on the 5th floor of Wolfson House, joined by advanced doctoral students who have given up their desks in the department for our first year MPhil/PhD students. We were very sad to have to say goodbye to our esteemed lecturer Dr Matthew Skinner, who joins his partner at the University of Kent. Meanwhile we have welcomed two new teaching staff, Dr Kimberly Chong and Dr Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic, who both join us for a period of three years.
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Published: Nov 21, 2014 9:00:00 AM

AAS prize

UCL Anthropology Postdoctorate Wins Australian Anthropology Article Prize

UCL Postdoctorate Dr Rebekah Plueckhahn has won the 2014 Article Prize given by the Australian Anthropology Society (AAS).
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Published: Nov 19, 2014 12:46:07 PM

Departmental Seminars

Joint Departmental Seminars

UCL Anthropology has launched a new joint Departmental Seminar Series this year. More...

Published: Nov 6, 2014 9:42:46 AM

On The Bride's Side

Special Preview screening and Q&A - On the bride’s side/Io sto con la sposa

Special Preview Screening: More...

Published: Nov 5, 2014 8:26:23 AM