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24 June 2015
The academic year 2014/15 has ended well for staff and students alike. It was certainly a very busy year during which two ERC-funded research groups commenced their preparatory research work in the department as part of a total number of 27 post-doctoral research staff. On the other hand, we were very sad to have to say goodbye to our esteemed colleague Dr Matthew Skinner, who joins his partner at the University of Kent, but have welcomed two new teaching staff, Dr Kimberly Chong and Dr Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic, who both joined us for a period of three years. We were also successful in appointing two new permanent lecturers, Dr Emily Woodhouse to Human Ecology and Dr María Martinón-Torres to Paleoanthropology. To our delight, our other Teaching Fellows are staying with us for a further academic year.
The department’s newly inaugurated joint seminar and lecture events have been a resounding success. The joint departmental seminars in November included memorable visits by Professor Emily Martin and Professor Douglas P. Fry, and three riveting presentations by three of our ERC grant holders. The Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor Paul Richards from Wageningen University in Holland and the Daryll Forde Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor Bruno Latour in February at the inception of CAOS, our new Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability. These were giant celebratory events that brought the whole department together. As usual, we were also able to help fund a series of workshops organised by staff and students and continue to support activities emerging from our busy Research and Reading Groups.
New activities have also extended to students. AnthroSoc has hosted its first ever Alumni evening at which five of our former students spoke about their post-student lives in the fields of law, rights, marketing, fashion, and filmmaking. The Anthropology in the Professional World Occasional Lecture Series saw a number of presentations by anthropologists working at AECOM, the Open Society Foundation and Visual Signo.
We have continued with our acclaimed new 2nd year module Being Human, taught in an Oxbridge style tutorial system, enabling our students to discuss readings with staff in small groups. This innovation in teaching has been welcomed by students and praised as a model to be followed by other departments within the Faculty.
The year was brought to a close by Michael Stewart’s Inaugural Lecture in May.
Finally, we are looking forward to celebrating the success of our most recent graduates and wish them and all our students and staff a much-deserved holiday.
Professor Susanne Kuechler
Head of Department
UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 8633