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The latest issue of ANTHROPOLITAN is available online

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Anthropolitan 9 cover

It has been a hugely busy start to the academic year 2013/14 for staff and students alike. Our Anthrosociety has held a successful debate, hosting Dr Jo Cook and Dr Lucio Vinicius on the topic of Piece of Mind. Staff put the finishing touches on the Research Excellence Framework submission due this November and began to discuss the directions which research and teaching will take in the Department over the next seven years. With the arrivals of the new President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, and the new Dean of the Social and Historical Sciences (SHS), Professor Mary Fulbrook, the College is abuzz with debate about the vision for UCL reaching forward into the 2020s.

"Monkey Planet" with Volker Sommer on BBC Radio 4 

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Gerd Bannuscher

"Archive on 4" will air "Monkey Planet" on Saturday 30 Nov 2013, 20:00-21:00.

Wind at the Margins of the State: Autonomy and Renewable Energy in Southern Mexico

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Wind Mills

A special talk by Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe, Department of Anthropology, Rice University

Jack Straw and the Institute of Global Governance

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Jack Straw IGG

Paralysis or Progress? The future (and the past) of the UN System

As former Foreign Secretary (2000-2006) and with extensive experience of multilateral  diplomacy at the highest levels, the Rt Hon Jack Straw is exceptionally well-placed to reflect on the strengths and limitations of the UN system.  Faced with the  mounting instability of an unmanaged global system, combined  with significant power shifts to the Global South, can the UN, the pre-eminent multilateral governance system of the 20th Century, change its business practices and meaningfully reform to meet the challenges of the 21st Century?  Such  questions provide the backdrop to this timely lecture by one of the UK’s leading figures in global diplomacy.

Reviewer Meets Reviewed

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The English Breakfast

Christmas Special


Video: iPlatform for Global Change Launch

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Recorded on 4th November, 2013 in Cruciform Building Lecture Theatre 1.

When millions of diverse citizens in the Arab world mobilized successfully in 2011 against decades of authoritarian rule in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Syria, one of the major hopes for stable, more democratic political orders lay in the reform of legal ideals and institutions. Two years later, the record of political transitions is decidedly mixed in these countries, and other parts of the Middle East and world more generally. With renewed military rule in Egypt, civil war in Syria and political strife elsewhere, what, if anything, does the rule of law offer to improve politics and society?

iPlatform is a global forum through which specific real-world rule of law and global governance challenges will be addressed using a transnational and collaborative model of research. Building on an existing network of reformers and scholars around the world with particular connections to leading global universities, think-tanks and international institutions, iPlatform will allow these stakeholders to engage their most promising and ambitious students in addressing central problems related to fairness and justice in Middle East, the West, the BRICs and the broader world. 

Origin of Rice: A Conversation with Archaeobotanist Prof Dorian Fuller

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The 7th International Rice Genetics Symposium (RG7) was held between 5 and 8 November 2013 in Manila, Philippines. Organized by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the event is one of the world’s largest and most important rice research symposium. It provides an excellent learning and networking platform for rice researchers, experts and representatives from the public and private sectors to come together to share their expertise on issues of rice production. Professor Dorian Fuller has presented his current archaeological research on "the origins and spread of rice in Asia" to a packed auditorium the first morning of the conference. He also had the opportunity to take part in an IRRI radio podcast on the "Origin of Rice". To listen this wonderful conversation, please go here

Summer internship opportunities including trips abroad

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UCL students wishing to establish themself as one of the most employable undergraduates in the country are encouraged to enter one of the following TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards:

Video: Jan-Emmanuel De Neve on Tax incentives

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Jan-Emmanuel De Neve shares some data that suggest some interesting ways to incentivize people to pay their taxes. "If we can make the tax form slightly less frustrating and perhaps raise compliance, we can do a lot of good."

New Publications on China 

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early China

Early China: A social and Cultural History (Cambridge)

LI Feng (Columbia University)

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