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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.
The latest issue of ANTHROPOLITAN is available online
Publication date: 24 June 2015
The academic year 2014/15 has ended well for staff and students alike. It was certainly a very busy year during which two ERC-funded research groups commenced their preparatory research work in the department as part of a total number of 27 post-doctoral research staff. On the other hand, we were very sad to have to say goodbye to our esteemed colleague Dr Matthew Skinner, who joins his partner at the University of Kent, but have welcomed two new teaching staff, Dr Kimberly Chong and Dr Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic, who both joined us for a period of three years. We were also successful in appointing two new permanent lecturers, Dr Emily Woodhouse to Human Ecology and Dr María Martinón-Torres to Paleoanthropology. To our delight, our other Teaching Fellows are staying with us for a further academic year.
Postgraduate Open Day
Publication date: 10 June 2015
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.
The War of Worlds: Self and Society in Social Movements
Publication date: 11 May 2015
Jun 4, 2015 9:30:00 AM
End: Jun 5, 2015 5:30:00 PM
Call For Papers: Body Plasticity: Intrusions and Extrusions
Publication date: 6 May 2015
London Anthropology Day 2015
Publication date: 5 May 2015
Museums at the Crossroads
Publication date: 1 May 2015
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
Publication date: 14 April 2015
Publication date: 8 April 2015
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
Publication date: 13 March 2015
Aesthetics and ethics: An enquiry into their relationship
Publication date: 10 March 2015
Publication date: 4 March 2015
Call for Papers - Anthropology in London Day 2015 Conference: Anthropology on the Move
Publication date: 25 February 2015
This year’s Anthropology in London conference invites paper and panel proposals that explore movement in the broadest sense, including movement of objects, people, ideas, cultural practices, and narratives; the structures, discourses, and practices that aid or obstruct such movements; the movement of bodies in dance, ritual, and performance; and anthropological theory and practice ‘on the move’, in step with a changing world. Core themes include, but are not limited to:
MN Srinivas Lecture 2015 - Christopher Pinney: 'Destroying the Negatives: M.N. Srinivas, “India’s Villages”, and Photography'
Publication date: 24 February 2015
Mar 19, 2015 6:15:00 PM
End: Mar 19, 2015 7:30:00 PM
Serpentine Galleries: An Evening on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Publication date: 19 February 2015
Charlie, Secular Culture and Practical Wisdom
Publication date: 28 January 2015
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.
Empowering Society with GNH - Gross National Happiness in Practice
Publication date: 22 January 2015
Call For Papers. The War of Worlds: Self and Society in Social Movements
Publication date: 21 January 2015
This conference will be held on the 4th and 5th of June 2015, in the Department of Anthropology at UCL.
H. G. Wells’ science-fiction classic, The War of the Worlds, a parable of nineteenth-century British imperialism, imagined southern England under deadly and devastating attack from Mars: a threat personified entirely by a technologically superior and brutal Martian ‘Other’. This two-day conference at UCL, The War of Worlds, drops the definite article to explore relations of domination and resistance in the twenty-first century. Today transnational corporate cartels have brought formerly imperial relations of domination ‘home’ to the West: as their sovereign populations are economically abandoned, digitally surveilled, and opposition suppressed through an increasingly militarized police. As a result we might begin to think globally about the way perceived threats to architectures of domination once personified by the ‘Other’, have turned to new threats posed by what Povinelli terms the ‘otherwise’: alternative ways of being alive in the same territories which propose that – in the words of the World Social Forum – ‘another world is possible’.
Inaugural Conference: Anthropological Visions of Sustainable Futures
Publication date: 16 January 2015
Two Lectureships Available in UCL Anthropology
Publication date: 9 January 2015