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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

Framing cosmologies

Framing Cosmologies: The Anthropology of Worlds

NOW OUT: FRAMING COSMOLOGIES: THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF WORLDS, edited by Allen Abramson and Martin Holbraad.
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Published: Aug 18, 2014 12:20:25 PM

Mary Douglas

Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2014

We are pleased to announce the Inaugural Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture to be held at Harrie Massie Lecture Theatre, UCL on Thursday 23 October 2014 at 6pm.
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Published: Aug 12, 2014 11:20:00 AM

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