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Anthropological Demography

(Coordinated by Emily Emmott)

WHERE AND WHEN: Alternate Mondays, 1–2pm, Room 128, Anthropology
FIRST MEETING: 27th October 2014, 1-2pm, Room 128, Anthropology

This is a fortnightly meeting of graduate students and staff from various backgrounds who share an interest in diverse anthropological approaches to studying and theorising human demography. A previous incarnation of the group (repro lunch) focused on issues around fertility and reproduction and we now want to expand the remit to other dimensions of demography: mortality, migration, ageing etc. The group aims to provide a forum for cross-disciplinary exchange between social, medical and evolutionary anthropology on diverse demographic phenomena such as variation in fertility rates, mortality differentials, beliefs and attitudes regarding reproduction, maternal and child health, parenting behaviours, and related demographic and social phenomena. The group shares a commitment to communication across the traditional barriers dividing perspectives in anthropology with the aim of enriching the research and learning environment of group members. Meetings are held Monday lunchtimes (1pm-2pm) and members are encouraged to bring their lunch to eat (or share) at the meeting.

Each week, two or more readings are assigned by the group and used as the basis of discussion (~1 hour). Each pre-circulated reading will take a different, and often contrasting, theoretical perspective on the same reproductive phenomena. Readings may include classic readings on a topic or recently published research. On occasion the meeting may also be used to discuss work in progress of group members, such as draft articles, thesis chapters, project proposals or research/data collection instruments.

For more information contact Emily Emmott at

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