Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2014

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Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture

We are pleased to announce the first Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture to be held at UCL on Thursday 23 October 2014 at 6pm.

Anthropology in London Day 2014

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Joined Logo

Directions and Connections across Anthropology

Tuesday 24 June 2014, 9.30am-6pm, and evening reception
UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London

The Bodily AND Material Cultures of Religious Subjectivation

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Religious Subjectivation

Department of Anthropology, UCL
Date: 17-18 June 2014
Convenors: Urmila Mohan and Jean-Pierre Warnier

Postgraduate Mentors

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A maximum of 4 PhD student Mentors required for Graduate Support Scheme Mentor

(for the following programmes: MSc Anthropology, Environment and Development, MA Culture, Materials and Design, MSc Medical Anthropology, MSc Social and Cultural Anthropology)

Three Anthropology Research Students Win Graduate School Competitions

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Gemma Price's Poster

Congratulations to Gemma Price, Kaya Uzel and Jesse Bia, who won the prizes of this year's Graduate School Competitions.

UCL Graduate Bursary Scheme

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UCL is one of the world’s leading universities with a tradition of accessibility which dates back to its beginning. It was founded in 1826 to open up education in England for the first time to students of any race, class or religion. It was also the first university to welcome female students on equal terms with men.

Postgraduate Open Day

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Open Day

The Department of Anthropology invites all prospective candidates to the Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday, 12th March (from 1.15pm onwards).

Malinowski Memorial Lecture

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Malinowski Memorial Lecture

Dr Rebecca Empson is to give the Malinowski Memorial Lecture this year at the London School of Economics on Thursday 22 May 2014, 6-7pm. Her lecture is entitled: An Economy of Temporary Possession.

Art Book Prize

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Art in Oceania: A New History

A book co-authored by Professor Susanne Kuechler has won the prestigious Art Book Prize for 2013.

Art in Oceania: A New History was published by Thames & Hudson, and co­-authored by anthropologists, art historians and curators of both European and Pacific Islands descent. It covers Oceanic art, past and present, reimagined for the 21st century.

Wonderments of Cosmos Seminar Series

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Wonderments of Cosmos

Wonderments of Cosmos Seminar Series - 5-6.30pm on Tuesdays, for 4 weeks, starting 25th February 2014, at Malet Place Engineering Building (next to the Institute of Making), room 1.02. 

Whither Anthropology?

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Whither Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology, UCL warmly invites you to join your fellow pre-field research students (MRes, MPhil) from UCL, Cambridge and LSE to present and discuss your current research projects.

São Paulo Advanced School on Biotechnologies, Biosocialities and the Governance of the Life Sciences

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August 11th – August 15th 2014 (Note date change)
State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
Call for Participants: Brazilian and International Graduate, Post-Graduate and Post-Docs

PhD Studentships

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PhD Studentships

Start and End date: September 2014 to September 2018

The Department of Anthropology at UCL has secured funding for 2 PhD Positions for four years for an exciting new ERC-funded project entitled ‘Emerging Subjects of the New Economy: Tracing Economic Growth in Mongolia’.

Studio of Material Life

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Studio of Material Life

The Studio of Material Life website has been launched:


Global Social Media Impact Study

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Social Network Map

There has been considerable news recently regarding the department’s ERC funded project The Global Social Media Impact Study (www.gsmis.org) led by Daniel Miller and consisting of nine simultaneous ethnographies scattered around the world - mainly our own post-doctoral and PhD colleagues and students.

Wildlife Expedition to Nigeria's "Mountain of Death"

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Professor Volker Sommer, scientific director of the Gashaka Biodiversity Project, will lead a two-week exploration of montane forests and river headwaters near West Africa's highest peak, the Gangirwal or "Mountain of Death".

Topics in the Study of Gesture - Four seminars presented by Adam Kendon

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Adam Kendon Gesture Seminars

UCL Anthropology / 14 Taviton St / WC1H 0BW
13 & 27 February, 6 & 13 March 2014 from 12.00 – 14.00 presented by
UCL Anthropology and DCAL Research Centre

Inaugural Lecture: For an Anthropology of History

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Anthropology of History

Professor Charles Stewart is to give an inaugural lecture at 6.30pm on Tuesday 28 January 2014, at Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.

The Politics of Ontology

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Intra's Net

The proceedings of the roundtable discussion on ‘The Politics of Ontology’, co-organised by Martin Holbraad at the recent annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) at Chicago, are now available at the on-line forum on Theorizing the Contemporary, which is run by the journal Cultural Anthropology.


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Apply now for this new AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) studentships covering the full costs of a degree programme in Anthropology leading to the award of MPhil/PhD.

The latest issue of ANTHROPOLITAN is available online

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Current Issue

It has been a hugely busy start to the academic year 2013/14 for staff and students alike. Our Anthrosociety has held a successful debate, hosting Dr Jo Cook and Dr Lucio Vinicius on the topic of Piece of Mind. Staff put the finishing touches on the Research Excellence Framework submission due this November and began to discuss the directions which research and teaching will take in the Department over the next seven years. With the arrivals of the new President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, and the new Dean of the Social and Historical Sciences (SHS), Professor Mary Fulbrook, the College is abuzz with debate about the vision for UCL reaching forward into the 2020s.

"Monkey Planet" with Volker Sommer on BBC Radio 4 

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Gerd Bannuscher

"Archive on 4" will air "Monkey Planet" on Saturday 30 Nov 2013, 20:00-21:00.

Wind at the Margins of the State: Autonomy and Renewable Energy in Southern Mexico

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Wind Mills

A special talk by Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe, Department of Anthropology, Rice University

Reviewer Meets Reviewed

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The English Breakfast

Christmas Special


Allegory & Illusion

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Rubin Museum

Professor Christopher Pinney will be in conversation with the film director Mira Nair at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York City, Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 7:00 PM.

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