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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

REF 2014

UCL Anthropology REF 2014

We are proud to report that we entered 100% of eligible research staff in the Research Excellence Framework. We improved upon our excellent performance in RAE 2008 - the majority of research outputs were ranked in the top 4* and 3* categories. Overall, we are now the highest ranked London anthropology department. We achieved the second highest percentage of 4* quality of any Department in the country. More...

Published: Dec 18, 2014 10:51:57 AM

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Inaugural Conference: Anthropological Visions of Sustainable Futures

The inaugural CAOS (Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability) conference will be held at UCL between 12th to14th February 2015. More...

Published: Nov 28, 2014 2:30:29 PM

Adrian Gerbrands Lecture

How To Do the Ethnography of World-System Photography

Professor Christopher Pinney is going to give the 4th Adrian Gerbrands Lecture on Friday 28th November 2014, at the National Museum of Ethnology, Steenstraat 1, 2300 AE Leiden. More...

Published: Nov 26, 2014 3:39:47 PM

Debate 2014

Where is the Field? Anthropology of the Past, Present and Future.

UCL AnthSoc proudly invites you to our fist departmental debate of the year.
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Published: Nov 25, 2014 3:18:41 PM

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