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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

Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture

Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2014

We are pleased to announce the first Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture to be held at UCL on Thursday 23 October 2014 at 6pm.
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Published: Apr 14, 2014 11:20:43 AM

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Anthropology in London Day 2014

Tuesday 24 June 2014, 9.30am-6pm, and evening reception
UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London More...

Published: Apr 8, 2014 3:22:52 PM

Religious Subjectivation

The Bodily AND Material Cultures of Religious Subjectivation

Department of Anthropology, UCL
Date: 17-18 June 2014
Convenors: Urmila Mohan and Jean-Pierre Warnier More...

Published: Mar 27, 2014 12:05:00 PM

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Postgraduate Mentors

A maximum of 4 PhD student Mentors required for Graduate Support Scheme Mentor More...

Published: Mar 25, 2014 4:27:45 PM

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Three Anthropology Research Students Win Graduate School Competitions

Congratulations to Gemma Price, Kaya Uzel and Jesse Bia, who won the prizes of this year's Graduate School Competitions. More...

Published: Mar 11, 2014 3:08:25 PM