UCL Anthropology


Cosmology, Religion, Ontology and Culture (CROC)

(Coordinated by Allen Abramson & Martin Holbraad)

WHERE AND WHEN: Alternate Fridays 4-6pm, Staff Common Room
: Friday 16th October

CROC is a fortnightly gathering of graduate students and staff who share an interest in cosmologically informed approaches to anthropology. Conceived as a space to share ideas, read good books and discuss each other's work, the group has for the past five years brought together people working on such topics as religion and ritual, mythical landscapes, risk and death in the modern world, indigenous mathematics, cosmologies of exchange, ontologies of emotion and seduction, and much more.

The group runs fortnightly in 1- to 2-hour meetings, in which pre-circulated texts are discussed. These may be published texts relevant to the themes of the group or texts written by the group's members (draft articles, thesis chapters, project proposals, etc.). The group is envisages as a prime intellectual forum for students conducting research in the fields of cosmology, religion, ritual, myth, imagination and so on. In some years the group has continued to meet during Term 3 and/or the summer. In addition, every year we welcome external speakers - in the past these have included Bruce Kapferer, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and the late Mary Douglas. CROC also regularly organises international workshops, which have in recent years included such figures as Marshall Sahlins, Gregory Schrempp, Caroline Humphrey, Don Handelman, Daniel Miller and Marilyn Strathern among many others.

For more information on CROC's activities visit CROC's homepage.