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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".

Cultural Mapping in Sierra Leone

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Paul Basu mapping features of the cultural landscape with community members at Yanihun

Paul Basu and Nick Gestrich are undertaking a pilot cultural mapping project in Sierra Leone as part of Paul's British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship on ‘Archives, Histories, Landscapes: Surveying Sierra Leone’s Cultural Memoryscape’.

Civilisation before the State

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David Wengrow speaking at the Engelsberg Seminar 2013

David Wengrow was invited to participate in the prestigious Engelsberg Seminar in Sweden last year from which a TV interview has recently been made available.

Derek Jarman study day 13 February

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Derek Jarman: Sites and Spaces. 

UCL will commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Derek Jarman’s death with a study day on 13 February 2014 focused on the spaces of his life and work. Through talks, readings, installations and screenings we will consider the sites Jarman inhabited as he produced his art, films, writing, gardens and activism, including the Slade where he studied between 1963-67. Which places and material conditions attracted him and how did they provide the field for his experimental and radical practices? The day will be structured around different spatial scales, from the urban to the rural.

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

Evolutionary Determinants of Health inaugural event

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EDEN Protocol: Evolutionary Determinants of Health and Urban Wellbeing

An inaugural conference organised by the Evolutionary Determinants of Health and Urban Wellbeing group will be held at the Institute in February 2014.

Video: James Melton - Exploring Constitute: A New Tool for Searching National Constitutions

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Approximately 5 constitutions are replaced and 30 are amended each year. This year has already witnessed new constitutions in Fiji and Zimbabwe and constitutional amendments in Brazil, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Mexico, Switzerland and Tonga. Despite the high frequency of constitutional change, constitutional drafters often lack systematic information on the contents of other countries’ constitutions that could help them decide what topics should be addressed in their constitution and how to address those topics. Constitute addresses this problem by putting searchable copies of the world’s constitutions online. However, Constitute is more than just a repository of constitutional texts. The project draws on data collected by the Comparative Constitutions Project over the last 8 years to assign topic tags to provisions within constitutions. This allows powerful, topic-based searches of those texts. There are more than 300 topics for users to choose from on the site, and for those interested in regional or temporal trends in constitution-making, the search results can be filtered by country and year.

Video: Bernard Jenkin- Accountability and Leadership in 21st Century Whitehall

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Bernard has been an MP since 1992. He was elected Chairman of the House of Commons Public Administration Committee in 2010, the parliamentary committee responsible for scrutinising "good government" across Whitehall, as well as the work of the Cabinet Office, the Parliamentary Ombudsman and the Charities Commission. He is also Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Homeland Security, and a member of the Executive of the 1922 Committee of Backbench Conservative MPs.

CCHH film – Mother (Mama 妈妈), dir. Zhang Yuan 张元, 1990.

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Time: Tuesday 28th January 2014, 7pm. Place: Room 107, 25 Gordon Square.
The film that inaugurated the 'Sixth Generation' of Chinese cinema.

Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story

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Neanderthal model (Image courtesy of the Natural History Museum)

Ground-breaking research by Institute staff will feature in a forthcoming exhibition at the Natural History Museum.

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