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"The most scientific of the humanities, the most humanistic of the sciences"

UCL Anthropology studies humanity in all its aspects: from our evolution as a species, to our relationship with the material world, and our vast variety of social practices and cultural forms.

Our department is one of only a few broad based anthropology departments in the UK comprised of four sub-sections including Biological Anthropology, Social Anthropology, Material Culture and Medical Anthropology. Our teaching and research reflects the breadth and depth of this cross and interdisciplinary approach.

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Michael Thompson

Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2016

The 3rd Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture will be held on Wednesday 25 May at 6pm in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre, UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW, followed by a drinks reception. More...

Published: Jan 25, 2016 2:42:39 PM

Ethnographies of Austerity

Daniel Knight and Charles Stewart have edited a special issue of the journal History and Anthropology, with the title: Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe. The entire issue IS AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF FEBRUARY on open access at: More...

Published: Jan 18, 2016 3:22:15 PM


First estimate of Pygmy population in Central Africa reveals their plight

The forests of Central Africa could be home to up to 920,000 Pygmies, according to researchers from UCL, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Malaga, who have conducted the first measured estimate of the population and distribution of these indigenous groups. More...

Published: Jan 15, 2016 3:49:43 PM

British Museum William Fagg Lecture 2015

Jerome Lewis Presents William Fagg Lecture

Dr Jerome Lewis will present at the Annual William Fagg Lecture to be held on Friday 18 December at the British Museum.

Published: Dec 14, 2015 11:50:00 AM

Turner Prize Winners

MA in Material and Visual Culture graduate Amica Dall along with her colleagues of the Assemble collective won this year's Turner Prize, Britain's most prestigious art prize. Read more in the Guardian.

Published: Dec 9, 2015 1:25:58 PM

Media Highlight

The trailer introduces some of the topics you will explore in the free online course created by UCL Anthropology 'Why We Post: the Anthropology of Social Media'.

Anthropology Blogs

Sar Shindee Saihan Shinleerei! Happy Lunar New Year!

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:31:51 +0000

  The Emerging Subjects team warmly wishes you a happy lunar new year!     Today families across Mongolia arose early to greet and offer libations to the first sunrise of the year, often doing so on a nearby hill or mountain closest to the sky.  Our London team welcomed the sun rising behind a blanket […]


Keeping the Past Alive: an exhibition coproduced with Congo Great Lake Initiative

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:38:36 +0000

It is still time to come and visit our Autumn-winter exhibition which is on display in UCL Ethnography Foyer. Entitled Keeping the past alive, this exhibition reflects the stories that Congolese community members share as and how they interact with objects, either personal, provocative or relational. It is divided into three topics: traditional power objects, […]


Climate Change: War Footing or Peaceful Solidarity?

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:10:52 +0000

In recent years, prominent voices in the public sphere have drawn an analogy between climate change and warfare. This has led, for example, to calls for massive, coordinated interventions akin to the Manhattan Project[i] – the Second World War era project which led to the development of the first nuclear weapons – or drawing on … Continue reading Climate Change: War Footing or Peaceful Solidarity?


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