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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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UCL Anthropology invites applications for the position of Lecturer in Biosocial Medical Anthropology. The postholder will bring skills and experience that respond to contemporary demands and needs around emerging aspects of Biosocial Medical Anthropology, in order to help develop and expand our Masters and PhD programmes across the department and build links across UCL and beyond academia. The postholder will build on current programmes (MSc Medical Anthropology) whilst also helping to develop new programmes (MSc in Biosocial Medical Anthropology to start in September 2018). They will contribute to teaching core and optional courses as well as research methods to Postgraduate students within Anthropology, across the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, and beyond UCL, in line with emerging models of ‘opening up’ courses).
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Thursday, 16 November 2017
By Annamaria Dall’Anese • PhD Anthropology Courtesy of Giles Abbott’s Facebook As anthropology students, we are often taught the benefits of ‘thick description’. Writing down all the minute occurrences of life in the field, we are told, is the key to noticing social patterns, and to gaining an insight into a different community. Regardless of… Continue reading Thin Description: Storyteller Giles Abbott and the Power of the Imagination
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
By David-Paul Pertaub SIDERA – Shifting Inequality Research Dynamics in Ethiopia: Research to Application – is an 18 month ESRC funded inter-disciplinary research project exploring the relationship between conflict, poverty and environmental degradation in the lower Omo region of Ethiopia. Kicking off this month, the project comprises three working groups based in three different countries...
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
As part of Cultural Anthropology’s Theorizing the Contemporary series, I have recently published a short, open-access piece, ‘Voluminous‘, that draws on my research on coal mining, dust, and the economy in the Gobi to explore multi-dimensional aspects of territory and sovereignty. This piece is a part of a collection of interventions, Speaking Volumes, edited by Franck […]
Friday, 26 May 2017
Rafael Morais Chiaravalloti University College London I started my career as a conservationist in the Pantanal, Brazil. I remember the first thing I heard was that the local fish population was decimated. Some people even called the Paraguay River an empty river. The widespread belief was that the river had been devastated and that it … Continue reading Fake news in conservation: Overfishing or over-reacting?
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
What stories lie inside collections? How can we connect historical artefacts to our everyday lives? Can heritage be an object? The UCL Young Curators project brings a group of GCSE students from a local secondary school, Maria Fidelis, to work with the Ethnography Collections and learn a little about what anthropologists do. Housed in the […]
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gill Conquest on May 5, 2017.
Gill was an exceptional student and an exceptional person. Her interests were broad-ranging, extending well beyond the academic through performances of traditional stories and pantomimes, to writing plays and science fiction, sailing and playing games, and to music and dancing, all alongside her passionate commitment to developing the interfaces of technology and citizenship to support cultural and ecological diversity. She brought a sense of wonder and fun to all of her activities, embracing new experiences and opportunities at every chance with good humour and enthusiasm.
Gill joined the anthropology department as a Masters student in Anthropology, Environment and Development in 2011. Her masters’ dissertation examined the potential of new technologies to support environmental justice movements lead by indigenous peoples.…
HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY - Refugees and the Arts, UCL - Guests:
(1) Shireen Walton, Teaching Fellow, Anthropology UCL
(2) Georgios Kritikos, Associate Professor, Harokopio University
(3) Ruth Mandel, Vice-Dean International, UCL
(4) Clelia Clini, Postdoctoral Fellow, Biosciences UCL
(5) Tess Altman, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology UCL