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SCI | Extending the imagination

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A Word of Welcome:

UCL Anthropology’s  research platform on Subjectivity and the Cultural Imagination (SCI) brings together anthropologists working on the role of the imagination in diverse social and cultural scales – from the intimate arenas of subjective experience to the most encompassing vistas of cosmological contemplation. Rooted in rigorous ethnographic research in settings across the globe, we explore comparatively the imaginative and intimate dimensions of history, politics, law, economy, religion, and cosmology. Using ethnographically-based insights we seek to refigure the ways in which we, as social scientists, imagine the social and cultural world, and ultimately to extend the anthropological imagination itself.

A hub for versatile anthropological research, activities and events, SCI promotes empirically driven thinking and a readiness to experiment with novel themes and contemporary theoretical frameworks. Our research activities range from informal, student-led reading groups and workshops to major internationally funded research programmes and networks. Combining the knowledge and skills of academic staff and research students at UCL and beyond, our research clusters around five core themes:

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Alternative Economies

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Cosmology, Religion, Ontology and Culture (CROC)

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Historical Consciousness

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Images of Democracy and Revolution

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Inner Worlds

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News and Events

Amalia Pica exhibits in Bogotá – inspired by Gashaka Primate Project

The Gashaka Primate Project (GPP), founded in 1999, is located at Gashaka Gumti National Park, Nigeria’s largest nature reserve. Here, a team led by evolutionary anthropologist Volker Sommer, conducts studies on wildlife ecology and biodiversity (www.ucl.ac.uk/gashaka). – In 2010, GPP initiated a dialogue between science and arts, by inviting artists to spend some time in the remote forests of the park and to interact with researchers. The first residency by Mexican artist Damián Ortega led to the exhibition "Apestraction" at the Freud Museum in London in 2013. – Argentinean artist Amalia Pica visited Gashaka in 2014, together with Mexican film maker Rafael Ortega. The result of this journey is Amalia Pica's exhibition "At Arm ́s Length", shown for the first time at NC-arte. – The third residency will commence in January 2018. More...

Published: May 23, 2017 11:02:05 AM

Gill Conquest

In Memory of Gill Conquest

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gill Conquest on May 5, 2017. More...

Published: May 16, 2017 1:20:00 PM

Mary Douglas Awards 2017/18

UCL Anthropology is delighted to announce the Mary Douglas Awards scheme - a series of partial fee waivers linked to our Masters programmes. Eight awards of £3,000 are available for the 17/18 academic year. More...

Published: Apr 4, 2017 11:27:23 AM

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The State We’re In: Anthropological Perspectives on Brexit and Trump

Join Anthropology Department staff and students including Haidy Geismar, Kit Opie, Chris Pinney, Mike Rowlands and Michael Stewart for a discussion of how anthropology might illuminate our current predicament.  More...

Published: Mar 3, 2017 4:18:12 PM

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"Making Nature: How we see animals" – Wellcome Trust Exhibition with Marcus Coates and Volker Sommer

Kicking off a year-long exploration into our relationship with nature, this major exhibition examines what we think, feel and value about other species and the consequences this has for the world around us. It brings together over 100 fascinating objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography. Organised around four themes – ‘Ordering’, ‘Displaying’, ‘Observing’ and ‘Making’ – the event charts the changing fashions of museum displays, examines the search for an authentic encounter with nature, and looks at how humans have intentionally altered other organisms. More...

Published: Feb 27, 2017 2:06:37 PM





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