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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

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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.

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

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.

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.

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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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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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

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

Serpentine Galleries: An Evening on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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Serpentine Galleries

Charlie, Secular Culture and Practical Wisdom

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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

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Gross National Happiness

Join us for a special seminar by Dr Saamdu Chetri (Executive Director, Gross National Happiness Centre, Bhutan).

Call For Papers. The War of Worlds: Self and Society in Social Movements

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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

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The inaugural CAOS (Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability) conference will be held at UCL between 12th to14th February 2015.

Two Lectureships Available in UCL Anthropology

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Current Vacancies

UCL Anthropology currently has two vacancies: Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Environmental Anthropology / Human Ecology, and Lecturer in Palaeoanthropology and Human Evolution.

UCL Anthropology REF 2014

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REF 2014

We are proud to report that we entered 100% of eligible research staff in the Research Excellence Framework. We improved upon our excellent performance in RAE 2008 - the majority of research outputs were ranked in the top 4* and 3* categories. Overall, we are now the highest ranked London anthropology department. We achieved the second highest percentage of 4* quality of any Department in the country.

How To Do the Ethnography of World-System Photography

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Start: Nov 28, 2014 5:00:00 PM
End: Nov 28, 2014 7:00:00 PM

Adrian Gerbrands Lecture

Professor Christopher Pinney is going to give the 4th Adrian Gerbrands Lecture on Friday 28th November 2014, at the National Museum of Ethnology, Steenstraat 1, 2300 AE Leiden.

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