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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

Current Issue

The latest issue of ANTHROPOLITAN is available online

The academic year 2013/14 has been hugely busy for staff and students alike. Staff put the finishing touches to the Research Excellence Framework submitted in November and began to discuss the directions which research and teaching will take in the Department over the next seven years.
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Published: Jun 19, 2014 4:12:31 PM

Risk, Embodiment and Health Technologies

Risk, Embodiment and Health Technologies

A One day workshop hosted by Biosocialities, Health and Citizenship RRG and the SMS network More...

Published: Jun 17, 2014 2:51:59 PM

Active Citizenship Panel Discussion

Active Citizenship Panel Discussion

Come and hear our guest speakers and join the discussion: What does it mean to be an active Global Citizen? What is activism? What are the challenges that global activism faces? More...

Published: Jun 3, 2014 2:05:05 PM

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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: May 23, 2014 11:00:00 AM

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Special Film Showing and Discussionwith Filmmaker Zeynep Gürsel

Wednesday 28 May 2014, 6:30pm
A.V. Hill Lecture Theatre, UCL (131 Medical Sciences)
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Published: May 22, 2014 11:56:02 AM