UCL Anthropology



February 2017 -


How to think a world experienced as turmoil? And how far might that sense of turmoil - of a world apparently running away with itself - be conceived as an occasion for anthropological thinking to break with itself? Joining forces with Bruce Kapferer's Bergen-based ERC project on Egalitarianism as well as Lars Højer's Copenhagen-based project on Escalations, CARP hosted the event on Rupture at UCL on 13-15 February 2017, with approximately 60 people attending. The idea was to take the concept of rupture as the lens that brings into focus an urgent concern with radical change. Linking the possibility of a new departure with a deliberate break with existing orders, we sought to thematise disavowal, negation and violence as constituents or moments that are immanent to the production of difference, and thus lend a harder edge to the talk of novelty, creativity and emergence with which anthropological and broader theoretical theorizing, reflecting global trends in social discourse, is currently awash. The event included keynote speeches by Saskia Sassen and Carol Greenhouse, as well as a forum held on the third day, dedicated to discussing the work of PhD students from across the UK and beyond, whose work addresses questions of rupture from different angles. For more information on the event see the event programme.

November 2016 - panel in Havana on queuing


On 25th November 2016 Martin Holbraad chaired a panel in the biannual Anthropology Event of the Cuban Institute of Anthropology in Havana, presenting the first results of his Cuba-based ethnographic research team on the study of the sociality of queuing and state provisioning. Students and collaborators at the Institute presented papers on different aspects of the sociality of queues in Cuba today, followed by a lively discussion involving approximately 50 conference participants. On the same day, in the evening, Fidel Castro died - an event Holbraad describes ethnographically in his online article, Hasta siempre, Comandante!

June 2016 - keynote address and stakeholder workshop in La Paz


In June 2016 CARP sponsored a stakeholder workshop held in La Paz at the Centro de Investigaciones Sociales, under the aegis of the Vice-Presidency of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. Approximately 25 stakeholders from Bolivian government, media and academia attended a day of discussion on the comparative study of revolutionary politics, instigated in relation to papers presented by CARP members Nico Tassi (who co-organised the event with local collaborators), Igor Cherstich, Lucia Michelutti and Martin Holbraad. Holbraad also delivered a keynote address at the Vice-presidency's headquarters on the ontology of revolution in Cuba, with a response by Bolivian Vice-Minister for Higher Education, Jiovanni Samanamud, and extensive media coverage.   

September 2015 - stakeholder workshop on the 'New Man' at the University of Havana


On 10-12 September 2015, CARP sponsored a stakeholder workshop at the University of Havana, co-organised with the Cuban Institute of Philosophy. Titled "How goes it with the New Man? Revolutionary subjectivity in social theory and practice", the event brought together the core research team of CARP with researchers, policy makers and activists in Cuba and other countries of Latin America (including Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia), to present and discuss papers on the formation of revolutionary subjectivities, the ways in which these have been approached in social and political theory, as well as their manifestations in practical, political and cultural experience. The event was attended by approximately 80 participants from across academic and political life in Cuba and beyond.

December 2014 - CARP's launching event


The opening workshop of the project took place in the Department of Anthropology at UCL on 15 & 16 December 2014. Its objective was to present in the round the project's agenda, discussing its key intellectual concerns, as well as issues of research design and methodology. As detailed in the workshop programme, the event was an opportunity for each of the project team's core members to present their own research focus, and get reactions from the project's Advisory Board.