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Funded MPhil/PhD Opportunities

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The Department of Anthropology at UCL is seeking 2 MPhil/PhD candidates to participate in an exciting ERC funded project “Citizens of Photography: The Camera and the Political Imagination” co-ordinated by Professor Christopher Pinney. Participants will be required to conduct fieldwork in one of the following locations: Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Nicaragua. “Citizens of Photography” is an empirical anthropological investigation of the relationship between photographic self-representation and different societies’ understanding of what is politically possible. Prolonged ethnographic fieldwork will study how local communities use photography to represent individuals, families, and other identities and explore whether this plays a role in the manner in which people articulate their political hopes and demands. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Christopher Pinney at c.pinney@ucl.ac.uk for further details.

Postgraduate Open Day

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Open Day

The Department of Anthropology at UCL invites all prospective candidates to the Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday, 15th June, 14 Taviton Street, London.

Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2016

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Michael Thompson

The 3rd Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture will be held on Wednesday 25 May at 6pm in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre, UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW, followed by a drinks reception.

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship: Workplace Design in the Digital Age

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The UCL Department of Anthropology is delighted to announce a fully funded 3.5 years (starting from 01 October 2016) collaborative doctoral studentship on Workplace Design in the Digital Age.

International Summer School for Undergraduates

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This summer, UCL will open its doors for the first International Summer School for Undergraduates (ISSU). This will provide undergraduate students from the UK and abroad with the opportunity to take credit bearing courses over the summer here at UCL.

The latest issue of ANTHROPOLITAN is available online

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Current Issue

Winter is drawing to a close, with spring offering fleeting glimpses of the bright blue skies it holds in store for us. The academic year 2015/16 is at its midpoint, and staff and students are now feeling settled into the year. Our new staff, Dr Emily Woodhouse in Human Ecology and Dr Maria Martinon-Torres in Paleoanthropology, have settled in well. Dr Martinon-Torres immediately set about to create a wonderful opportunity for our students to join a field-camp in Europe’s most important fossil excavation site in Atapuerca, Spain, as part of their coursework, and developments are underway to extend a special relation to paleoanthropological departments and associated field-sites in China. To our delight, our Teaching Fellows are staying with us for a further academic year to the end of 2016/17.

Ethnographies of Austerity

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Daniel Knight and Charles Stewart have edited a special issue of the journal History and Anthropology, with the title: Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe. The entire issue IS AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF FEBRUARY on open access at: www.tandfonline.com/toc/ghan20/27/1

First estimate of Pygmy population in Central Africa reveals their plight

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The forests of Central Africa could be home to up to 920,000 Pygmies, according to researchers from UCL, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Malaga, who have conducted the first measured estimate of the population and distribution of these indigenous groups.

Jerome Lewis Presents William Fagg Lecture

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British Museum William Fagg Lecture 2015

Dr Jerome Lewis will present at the Annual William Fagg Lecture to be held on Friday 18 December at the British Museum.

Turner Prize Winners

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MA in Material and Visual Culture graduate Amica Dall along with her colleagues of the Assemble collective won this year's Turner Prize, Britain's most prestigious art prize. Read more in the Guardian.

Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series: Anthropology and Art History

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Frank Davis Memorial Lecture

Prof Christopher Pinney is to present at the Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series: Anthropology and Art History, on Tuesday 8th December 2015 at 5.30pm, in the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Undergraduate Open Day

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Undergrasuate Open Day

The Department of Anthropology invites all prospective candidates for the BSc Anthropology/ BSc Anthropology with a Year Abroad degree to our Open Day on Wednesday 2 December 2015 at 1.00pm.

UCL Anthropology creates first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

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MOOC Social Media

The very first University College London MOOC (free on-line Open Access university course) to be launched on the FutureLearn platform, has been created by The Department of Anthropology.

"Not eating like a pig". Research on boars washing their food makes headlines

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Pigs Food washing

by Volker Sommer (Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology)

The earliest unequivocally modern humans in southern China

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Maria in the cave

Congratulations to Dr María Martinón-Torres whose paper has just been published in the journal Nature.

Maria says “We have discovered 47 human teeth in China that are between 80,000 and 120,000 years old, suggesting it took early humans at least twice as long to enter Europe than they did to expand throughout Asia. The result, published in the journal Nature, challenges our current understanding of how humans evolved and spread – especially how we ended up replacing the Neanderthals."

Provost’s Teaching Awards 2015

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PTA 2015 - Lucio Vinicius

Congratulations to Dr Lucio Vinicius who has won this year's Provost's Teaching Awards.

Figuring out the Future Emerging subjects and the flux of the economic present

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Emerging subjects workshop

Workshop, 9th June 2015
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW

Research Associate Vacancy

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Current Vacancies

The successful candidate will be a promising ethnomusicologist familiar with methods in comparative ethnomusicology. The main focus of the post will be to make a comparison of the music and musicking practices of egalitarian hunter-gatherers societies from across the world, and publish the results. The primary research focus will be on hunter-gatherers in Africa and South-East Asia.

Call For Papers: Body Plasticity: Intrusions and Extrusions

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Body Plasticity

A one-day Symposium on 10th July 2015

London Anthropology Day 2015

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LAD 2015

UCL is taking part in London Anthropology Day 2015 – a free university taster day for Year 12, 13 and FE students, teachers, careers advisors and parents.

Museums at the Crossroads

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Dr Haidy Geismar will give a public lecture on 17th May at "Museums at the Crossroads: Local Encounters, Global Knowledge," a new international summer institute focused on museums and the changing world.

Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2015

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Mary Douglas

This year's Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture will be held on 3 June in the Mary Olgilvie Lecture Theatre at St Anne's College at 6pm, followed by a drinks reception.

HowTheLightGetsIn 2015

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HowTheLightGetsIn

Daniel Miller will be speaking at HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, this May.

Inaugural Lecture - The Porous University: Creating Partnerships in a Global City

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Main Quad Michael Stewart

Professor Michael Stewart is to give an inaugural lecture at 6.30pm on Tuesday 5 May 2015, at Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.

Aesthetics and ethics: An enquiry into their relationship 

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Marie Curie Actions

A one-day workshop organised by UCL Anthropology.

Date: Wednesday 6 May 2015 (9:30am–4 pm)
Venue
: Daryll Forde Seminar Room, UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW

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