News and Events
Sigrid Rausing PhD Studentship in Human Rights Research
Publication date: 16 September 2016
The Department of Anthropology at UCL is seeking applications for an MPhil/PhD candidate fully funded by The Sigrid Rausing Trust, to commence in the academic session 2017/18.
Funded MPhil/PhD Opportunities
Publication date: 26 July 2016
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Postgraduate Open Day
Publication date: 9 June 2016
Engaging Refugee Narratives: Perspectives from Academia and the Arts
Publication date: 16 May 2016
Jun 20, 2016 9:30:00 AM
End: Jun 21, 2016 5:00:00 PM
Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2016
Publication date: 28 April 2016
Workshop: Everyday Politics and Social Media
Publication date: 13 April 2016
Apr 21, 2016 9:30:00 AM
End: Apr 21, 2016 5:00:00 PM
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship: Workplace Design in the Digital Age
Publication date: 31 March 2016
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
Publication date: 14 March 2016
The latest issue of ANTHROPOLITAN is available online
Publication date: 2 March 2016
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
Publication date: 18 January 2016
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
Publication date: 15 January 2016
Jerome Lewis Presents William Fagg Lecture
Publication date: 14 December 2015
Turner Prize Winners
Publication date: 9 December 2015
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
Publication date: 3 December 2015
Undergraduate Open Day
Publication date: 25 November 2015
UCL Anthropology creates first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
Publication date: 17 November 2015
Tasting Culture, Writing Rhythm, Dreaming Worlds: Where Anthropology and Literature Meet
Publication date: 13 November 2015
Dec 16, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 16, 2015 7:00:00 PM
"Not eating like a pig". Research on boars washing their food makes headlines
Publication date: 1 November 2015
by Volker Sommer (Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology)
The earliest unequivocally modern humans in southern China
Publication date: 15 October 2015
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
Publication date: 25 June 2015
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
Publication date: 2 June 2015
Cosmologies of destiny: One-day workshop on the ethnography of predestination, temporality & freedom
Publication date: 26 May 2015
Start: Jun 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM
does it mean to live a life that has already been written? How does one
understand the past and prepare for the future when superior forces mingle with
human agency? Distinctly from notions of fortune and coincidence, ‘destiny’
evokes conceptions of human lives and futures that are pre-determined: be it by
high political powers, cosmic forces, or transcendental entities.
The Subjectivity of the Body in Mental Health: An Anthropological Workshop
Publication date: 20 May 2015
May 28, 2015 10:00:00 AM
End: May 29, 2015 4:00:00 PM
In recent years there has been a lot of debate about subjectivities and mental health. The forming of the self through techniques has subsequently given new angles on research of the formation of selves through bodily and mental practices. Some of those studies, however, tend towards a hidden essentialism – body and mind as the instruments that are used to act upon an assumed self. On the other side of the spectrum, studies of subjectivity assume that the subject is ephemeral, immaterial, a thing of the law, language or the mind alone. If we do not challenge this assumption, we might easily fall into the trap Foucault cautioned against when he called the soul a prison of the body.
Material Culture Research Day
Publication date: 18 May 2015
May 20, 2015 1:00:00 PM
End: May 20, 2015 5:30:00 PM
Research Associate Vacancy
Publication date: 12 May 2015
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.