UCL Anthropology


Material, Visual and Digital Culture Research Seminars

Mondays 5-6:30 pm

All talks are hybrid.

If you want to join the seminar in person, please register on Eventbrite. If you are a member of the MVDC section (staff, PG students, PhD candidates) you will receive an email about this; if you are a member of the department but are not part of the MVDC section, you will find the Eventbrite link in the Anthropology Deptartmental newsletter. If you do not have access to the newsletter please write to Antonia Walford. Numbers attending in-person will be unfortunately kept to a maximum of 30. Bring the Eventbrite ticket with you when attending.

If you wish to join the seminar remotely, you will find it in the ‘Departmental Seminars’ channel of MS Teams (if you are not a UCL student/staff and would like to join as a guest, please email Anthropology Communications).

Spring 2022

10 January - Guilherme Heurich (Leverhulme Research Fellow, Dept of Anthropology, University College London)
Language automata: the pervasiveness of English in computer programming

!Please note this seminar is on Zoom (link below)! 17 January - Diana Espírito Santo (Associate Professor in Anthropology, Dept. of Anthropology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) - speaker will join remotely
Imaginal media, animate apparatuses, and the temporalities of paranormal interference-as-effect in Chile

24 January - Xinyuan Wang (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Dept of Anthropology, University College London) - speaker will join remotely
The Contemporary Revolution in Digital China

!Please note this seminar is on Zoom (link below)! 31 January - Iván Chaar López and Héctor Beltrán (Assistant Professor of Digital Studies, Dept of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin; Assistant Professor in Anthropology, MIT) - speaker will join remotely
Borderlands and/as Machine

7 February - Penny Harvey (Professor of Anthropology, Dept of Anthropology, University of Manchester
Geology as Unconforming Infrastructure: engineering the containment of nuclear matter


!Seminar cancelled due to the strike action! 21 February - Lee Douglas (Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Contemporary History, Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Images of Colonial (Dis)possession in Contemporary Portugal: The Material Traces of Mobility and Return from the Periphery

!Seminar cancelled due to the strike action! 28 February - Silvia Posocco (Reader in Social Anthropology, Dept. of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck University of London)
Forensic Biodata, Figures of Extraction, Biologizing Genocide

7 March - Ludovic Coupaye (UCL) and Carlos Sautchuk (Universidade de Brasília) presenting work from the Centre for the Anthropology of Technics and Technodiversity (CATT)
The CATT: A presentation

14 March - Sarah Kenderdine (Professor of Digital Museology, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
A Compendium of Computational Museology