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The Subjectivity of the Body in Mental Health: An Anthropological Workshop
Publication date: 20 May 2015
May 28, 2015 10:00:00 AM
End: May 29, 2015 4:00:00 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.
Material Culture Research Day
Publication date: 18 May 2015
May 20, 2015 1:00:00 PM
End: May 20, 2015 5:30:00 PM
Research Associate Vacancy
Publication date: 12 May 2015
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.
The War of Worlds: Self and Society in Social Movements
Publication date: 11 May 2015
Jun 4, 2015 9:30:00 AM
End: Jun 5, 2015 5:30:00 PM
Call For Papers: Body Plasticity: Intrusions and Extrusions
Publication date: 6 May 2015
London Anthropology Day 2015
Publication date: 5 May 2015
Museums at the Crossroads
Publication date: 1 May 2015
Dr Haidy Geismar will give a public lecture on 17th May at "Museums at the Crossroads: Local Encounters, Global Knowledge," a new international summer institute focused on museums and the changing world.
Figuring out the Future Emerging subjects and the flux of the economic present
Publication date: 30 April 2015
Panel: Virtual Fantasies
Publication date: 16 April 2015
May 31, 2015 5:00:00 PM
End: May 31, 2015 6:00:00 PM
Daniel Miller and Xinyuan Wang from the Global Social media Impact Study present a special panel at HowTheLightGets in festival on social media and fantasy.
Workshop: Social media and education
Publication date: 16 April 2015
May 7, 2015 10:00:00 AM
End: May 7, 2015 5:00:00 PM
What are the consequences of social media on education around the world? At what age do people feel it is acceptable for a child to start using social media? Is social media increasing or decreasing the quality of education? This workshop will discuss a variety of responses to these and other questions about social media and explore some general conclusions that derive from them.
Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2015
Publication date: 14 April 2015
Postgraduate Open Day
Publication date: 13 April 2015
Antropología Digital en Alto Hospicio [Digital Anthropology in Alto Hospicio, Chile]
Publication date: 12 April 2015
May 7, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: May 7, 2015 7:00:00 PM
In this talk, Nell Haynes describes her research on social media in Alto Hospicio, Chile. This research looks at the ways the normativities of daily life are at times reflected in, shifted by, and contradicted in online sociality.
Publication date: 8 April 2015
Daniel Miller will be speaking at HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s
largest philosophy and music festival, this May.
Panel: Global social media – 9 ethnographic studies
Publication date: 21 March 2015
Jun 15, 2015 9:30:00 AM
End: Jun 15, 2015 6:00:00 PM
The Global Social Media Impact Study team present their research at the Anthropology in London conference.
Inaugural Lecture - The Porous University: Creating Partnerships in a Global City
Publication date: 13 March 2015
Aesthetics and ethics: An enquiry into their relationship
Publication date: 10 March 2015
Publication date: 4 March 2015
Call for Papers - Anthropology in London Day 2015 Conference: Anthropology on the Move
Publication date: 25 February 2015
This year’s Anthropology in London conference invites paper and panel proposals that explore movement in the broadest sense, including movement of objects, people, ideas, cultural practices, and narratives; the structures, discourses, and practices that aid or obstruct such movements; the movement of bodies in dance, ritual, and performance; and anthropological theory and practice ‘on the move’, in step with a changing world. Core themes include, but are not limited to:
MN Srinivas Lecture 2015 - Christopher Pinney: 'Destroying the Negatives: M.N. Srinivas, “India’s Villages”, and Photography'
Publication date: 24 February 2015
Mar 19, 2015 6:15:00 PM
End: Mar 19, 2015 7:30:00 PM
Serpentine Galleries: An Evening on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Publication date: 19 February 2015
Seminar: Social media in low- and middle-income countries
Publication date: 13 February 2015
Feb 19, 2015 1:00:00 PM
End: Feb 19, 2015 6:00:00 PM
Elisabetta Costa, Shriram Venkatraman and Xinyuan Wang from the Global Social Media Impact Study present in a seminar on social media in low- and middle-income countries at KCL.
Panel: Social Media and Inequality
Publication date: 30 January 2015
Apr 15, 2015 9:15:00 AM
End: Apr 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM
A special panel exploring the relationship between the everyday use of social media and the concept of inequality at the ASA Conference.
Lecture: Materiality, Hierarchy and Value on Social Media in Rural China
Publication date: 29 January 2015
Feb 4, 2015 10:15:00 AM
End: Feb 4, 2015 12:00:00 PM
Tom McDonald from the UCL Global Social Media Impact Study delivers a public talk on his research findings at Lund University.
Charlie, Secular Culture and Practical Wisdom
Publication date: 28 January 2015
According to many, the brutal attack on Charlie Hebdo has been an aggression against the secular understood as the realm where freedom of speech is not limited by religious or ideological constraints. In painting this picture, commentators have evoked the Age of Reason. In a society based on the values of the Enlightenment, it has been argued, humor should be un-restrained. But, is this the case? Is the secular really a neutral sphere? And, should Voltairean reason be the only guideline for satire in the West? A dose of Anthropological sensibility can help us to contextualise and to answer these questions.
Empowering Society with GNH - Gross National Happiness in Practice
Publication date: 22 January 2015
Call For Papers. The War of Worlds: Self and Society in Social Movements
Publication date: 21 January 2015
This conference will be held on the 4th and 5th of June 2015, in the Department of Anthropology at UCL.
H. G. Wells’ science-fiction classic, The War of the Worlds, a parable of nineteenth-century British imperialism, imagined southern England under deadly and devastating attack from Mars: a threat personified entirely by a technologically superior and brutal Martian ‘Other’. This two-day conference at UCL, The War of Worlds, drops the definite article to explore relations of domination and resistance in the twenty-first century. Today transnational corporate cartels have brought formerly imperial relations of domination ‘home’ to the West: as their sovereign populations are economically abandoned, digitally surveilled, and opposition suppressed through an increasingly militarized police. As a result we might begin to think globally about the way perceived threats to architectures of domination once personified by the ‘Other’, have turned to new threats posed by what Povinelli terms the ‘otherwise’: alternative ways of being alive in the same territories which propose that – in the words of the World Social Forum – ‘another world is possible’.
Inaugural Conference: Anthropological Visions of Sustainable Futures
Publication date: 16 January 2015
Two Lectureships Available in UCL Anthropology
Publication date: 9 January 2015
UCL Anthropology REF 2014
Publication date: 18 December 2014
We are proud to report that we entered 100% of eligible research staff in the Research Excellence Framework. We improved upon our excellent performance in RAE 2008 - the majority of research outputs were ranked in the top 4* and 3* categories. Overall, we are now the highest ranked London anthropology department. We achieved the second highest percentage of 4* quality of any Department in the country.
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