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


Cosmology, Religion, Ontology and Culture (CROC)


Historical Consciousness


Images of Democracy and Revolution


Inner Worlds

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News and Events

Undergrasuate Open Day

Undergraduate Open Day

The Department of Anthropology invites all prospective candidates for the BSc Anthropology/ BSc Anthropology with a Year Abroad degree to our Open Day on Wednesday 2 December 2015 at 1.00pm. More...

Published: Nov 25, 2015 11:32:00 AM

MOOC Social Media

UCL Anthropology creates first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

The very first University College London MOOC (free on-line Open Access university course) to be launched on the FutureLearn platform, has been created by The Department of Anthropology.

Published: Nov 17, 2015 11:06:23 AM

Parallel Worlds

Tasting Culture, Writing Rhythm, Dreaming Worlds: Where Anthropology and Literature Meet

Special seminar with Prof Alma Gottlieb & Prof Philip Graham, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign More...

Published: Nov 13, 2015 12:24:46 PM

British Museum William Fagg Lecture 2015

Jerome Lewis Presents William Fagg Lecture

Dr Jerome Lewis will present at the Annual William Fagg Lecture to be held on Friday 18 December at the British Museum.

Published: Nov 12, 2015 12:52:29 PM

Pigs Food washing

"Not eating like a pig". Research on boars washing their food makes headlines

by Volker Sommer (Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology) More...

Published: Nov 1, 2015 10:40:01 PM

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