"The most scientific of the humanities, the most humanistic of the sciences"
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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Cosmologies of destiny: One-day workshop on the ethnography of predestination, temporality & freedom
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.
Published: May 26, 2015 2:47:56 PM
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. More...
Published: May 20, 2015 12:35:37 PM
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.
Published: May 18, 2015 2:47:50 PM
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. More...
Published: May 12, 2015 3:23:22 PM
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.
Published: May 11, 2015 10:07:03 AM
Andrea Migliano and Mark Dyble explain the findings of their research published in Science recently.
Mongolian Studies’ New Colour, an article by Jargal DeFacto
Fri, 29 May 2015 10:41:51 +0000
Recently, political and economic commentator, D. Jargalsaikhan (known as ‘Jargal De Facto’), spent some time with our group at UCL. Upon his return to Mongolia, he published a piece about his visit and his impressions of our group’s research. The article, Mongolian Studies’ New Colour, was printed in the Önöödör (‘Today’) newspaper on May 27th, and was also […]Read more...
Congo Great Lakes Initiative/Session 4 – First steps towards exhibition
Wed, 20 May 2015 17:07:41 +0000
Written by Carys Wilkins, MA Material and Visual Culture, UCL Anthropology The aim of this session included data collection from the participants’ fieldwork diaries and revising the process involved in object documentation, as well as beginning to think about staging an exhibition. Session four began with presentations and feedback on the fieldwork diaries produced by […]Read more...
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