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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.

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Anthropology Blogs

Information and Communication Technology and Wellbeing in the Merchant Marines

Thursday, 01 December 2016

Annamaria Dall’Anese, PhD student, UCL Anthropology

If the informal use of the internet through personal devices on board merchant vessels encounters barriers due to patchy infrastructure and weather issues, then the formal provision of ICT-empowered telemedicine has brought to an end the era when the sea made the ship an entirely isolated environment. The ship in the age of ICT appears as Foucault described it: as a “heterotopia”; a place that is both isolated and penetrable. My interest in merchant marines was sparked by joining a cargo ship sailing from Australia to Singapore as a passenger/English teacher in 2009. The passage, though short, gave me the opportunity to discover the social life of these communities, and I became intrigued by the issue of connectivity at sea.…

Emerging Subjects’ Second Advisory Board Meeting: Features of Mongolian Capitalism

Monday, 28 November 2016

On the 15th November, 2016, we held our Second Advisory Board Meeting at the Club Coworking space, in the ICC Tower, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. This time our Advisory Board was tasked with presenting three features that they think defines capitalism in Mongolia today. Each person was asked to speak for 20 mins or so on their […]

SAWDUST & THREADS – Part 2

Monday, 21 March 2016

Written by Caroline Wright Sawdust & Threads is a residency and exhibition programme that takes de-accessioned and un-accessioned museum objects as its material. Artist Caroline Wright has undertaken residencies at three different museum collections and selected objects that have been de- or un-accessioned. Caroline has made detailed drawings of each of the objects that are […]

Performing sustainable agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Agathe Faure MRes Social Anthropology University College London I conducted ethnographic fieldwork from May to July 2015 in villages of cacao farmers along the river of Alto Huayabamba, Peruvian Amazonia. Employed by an international company providing environmental services, I was to observe environmental programmes through their local implementation in the area. I quickly realised that … Continue reading Performing sustainable agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon

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'.