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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.

Tasting Culture, Writing Rhythm, Dreaming Worlds: Where Anthropology and Literature Meet

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Start: Dec 16, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 16, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Parallel Worlds

Special seminar with Prof Alma Gottlieb & Prof Philip Graham, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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.

"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.

The latest issue of ANTHROPOLITAN is available online

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Current Issue

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

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Open Day

The Department of Anthropology at UCL invites all prospective candidates to the Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday, 24th June, 14 Taviton Street, London.

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

Cosmologies of destiny: One-day workshop on the ethnography of predestination, temporality & freedom

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Start: Jun 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM


What 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

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Start: May 28, 2015 10:00:00 AM
End: May 29, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Subjectivity and Mental Health

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

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Start: May 20, 2015 1:00:00 PM
End: May 20, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Material Culture Research Day

Please join us for a series of informal talks on current research by PhD students, Postdocs, Visitors and Material Culture Staff from the UCL Department.

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.

The War of Worlds: Self and Society in Social Movements

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Start: Jun 4, 2015 9:30:00 AM
End: Jun 5, 2015 5:30:00 PM

The War of the Worlds

This two-day international conference at UCL brings together ethnographers who have worked with activists across several continents, to explore the shape and significance of social movements today.

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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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)
: Daryll Forde Seminar Room, UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW

Culture Counts!

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New developments in understanding how and why culture varies as much and as little as it does, how it achieves its effects on attitudes and decisions, and how to measure and model it.

Call for Papers - Anthropology in London Day 2015 Conference: Anthropology on the Move

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Anthropology on the Move

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'

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Start: Mar 19, 2015 6:15:00 PM
End: Mar 19, 2015 7:30:00 PM

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