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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

Open Day

Postgraduate Open Day

The Department of Anthropology invites all prospective candidates to the Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday, 11th March. More...

Published: Jan 28, 2015 3:30:00 PM

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Charlie, Secular Culture and Practical Wisdom

According to many, the brutal attack on Charlie Hebdo has been an aggression against the secular understood as the realm where freedom of speech is not limited by religious or ideological constraints. In painting this picture, commentators have evoked the Age of Reason. In a society based on the values of the Enlightenment, it has been argued, humor should be un-restrained. But, is this the case? Is the secular really a neutral sphere? And, should Voltairean reason be the only guideline for satire in the West? A dose of Anthropological sensibility can help us to contextualise and to answer these questions. More...

Published: Jan 28, 2015 12:04:50 PM

Gross National Happiness

Empowering Society with GNH - Gross National Happiness in Practice

Join us for a special seminar by Dr Saamdu Chetri (Executive Director, Gross National Happiness Centre, Bhutan).
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Published: Jan 22, 2015 3:11:05 PM

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Call For Papers. The War of Worlds: Self and Society in Social Movements

This conference will be held on the 4th and 5th of June 2015, in the Department of Anthropology at UCL. More...

Published: Jan 21, 2015 3:02:17 PM

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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: Jan 16, 2015 2:30:00 PM