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MSc in Human Evolution and Behaviour: high-quality publications – and PhD candidates

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The Master in Human Evolution and Behaviour at the UCL Department of Anthropology has run for two decades. Many of our graduates have since become leading academics in their own right. Below is a selection of career trajectories and current publications of some of our recent graduates – including a student blog that garnered 700.000 views... Prof Volker Sommer, Tutor, MSc HEB

Amalia Pica exhibits in Bogotá – inspired by Gashaka Primate Project

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Amalia Pica exhibits at NC-arte, Bogotá, Columbia

  • "A un Brazo de Distancia" / "At Arm's Length", 22 April – 24 June, 2017 (www.nc-arte.org)
  • in collaboration with Rafael Ortega
  • curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas and Claudia Segura Campins
  • enabled by Gonçalo Jesus and Volker Sommer

In Memory of Gill Conquest

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Gill Conquest

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

Gill was an exceptional student and an exceptional person. Her interests were broad-ranging, extending well beyond the academic through performances of traditional stories and pantomimes, to writing plays and science fiction, sailing and playing games, and to music and dancing, all alongside her passionate commitment to developing the interfaces of technology and citizenship to support cultural and ecological diversity. She brought a sense of wonder and fun to all of her activities, embracing new experiences and opportunities at every chance with good humour and enthusiasm.

Mary Douglas Awards 2017/18

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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.

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

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Start: Mar 15, 2017 5:00:00 PM
End: Mar 15, 2017 7:00:00 PM

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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. 

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

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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.

Human Sciences Symposium 2017

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Start: Mar 4, 2017 2:00:00 PM
End: Mar 4, 2017 5:30:00 PM

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Join this UCL Human Sciences Society event for an afternoon of talks on the long-going quest of unraveling consciousness from experts from multiple fields.

Anthropology in London Day 2017

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Tuesday 13 June 2017, 9.30am-6pm
UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW

Obituary for Thomas Quick  (BSc Anthropology, 2006–2008)

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Thomas Quick

It is with great sorrow, that we post sad news about Thomas Quick, one of our outstanding former BSc Anthropology students, who has unexpectedly died of cancer – at the onset of a promising career and the young age of 29. His grief-stricken family kindly shared some memories about Thomas, from which we quote below. Myself and other colleagues at UCL who got to know Thomas as academics and administrators treasure the privilege and pleasure this has been. Our thoughts are with the loved ones he leaves behind. His fiancée Sarah and his family hope to acquire a piece of UK woodland that can be maintained in his memory, with an emphasis on careful stewardship to encourage biodiversity.

Rupture

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Start: Feb 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM
End: Feb 15, 2017 5:00:00 PM

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? We 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, rupture thematises disavowal, negation and violence as constituents or moments that are immanent to the production of difference. It thus lends 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. Counterpoising the dynamics of event, eruption, disruption, radical critique and brutal affirmation to the more organic language of potentiality, collaboration, resilience and transformation, our concern with rupture seeks to make a break for anthropology, and perhaps with it, too.

Non-Human Personhood - Volker Sommer on BBC Radio 4

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Start: Dec 20, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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"ALMOST HUMAN RIGHTS" - BBC Radio 4

20 Dec 2016 (Tuesday), 11:00–11:30
26 Dec 16 (Boxing Day), 21:00–21:30
& on BBC i-player 

Anthropolitan 2.0

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We are pleased to announce that our departmental magazine Anthropolitan will be upgraded to Anthropolitan 2.0 in the coming weeks. This not only means that there will be an enhanced and comprehensive online presence of the magazine – on a central dedicated website as well as social media platforms – but also that students and staff in the department will have more opportunities to get involved in promoting UCL Anthropology, raising awareness of anthropology globally. We are currently looking for student volunteers to help facilitate this process. It requires passion, some reporting and story-telling skills, as well as basic digital competence to be an editor. And our editorial team will be rewarded for their work. 

Sigrid Rausing PhD Studentship in Human Rights Research

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The Department of Anthropology at UCL is seeking applications for an MPhil/PhD candidate fully funded by The Sigrid Rausing Trust, to commence in the academic session 2017/18.

UCL partner with Twitter to broadcast lecture on Periscope

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A UCL lecture will be live-streamed around the world next week on the Periscope platform, in the first partnership of its kind with a UK university.

Funded MPhil/PhD Opportunities

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The Department of Anthropology at UCL is seeking 2 MPhil/PhD candidates to participate in an exciting ERC funded project “Citizens of Photography: The Camera and the Political Imagination” co-ordinated by Professor Christopher Pinney. Participants will be required to conduct fieldwork in one of the following locations: Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Nicaragua. “Citizens of Photography” is an empirical anthropological investigation of the relationship between photographic self-representation and different societies’ understanding of what is politically possible. Prolonged ethnographic fieldwork will study how local communities use photography to represent individuals, families, and other identities and explore whether this plays a role in the manner in which people articulate their political hopes and demands. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Christopher Pinney at c.pinney@ucl.ac.uk for further details.

Postgraduate Open Day

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Open Day

The Department of Anthropology at UCL invites all prospective candidates to the Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday, 15th June, 14 Taviton Street, London.

Engaging Refugee Narratives: Perspectives from Academia and the Arts

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Start: Jun 20, 2016 9:30:00 AM
End: Jun 21, 2016 5:00:00 PM

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People make sense of their lives through telling their own stories. These become an essential part of the work of the NGOs and artists as they collaborate with refugees and each other.

Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2016

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The 3rd Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture will be held on Wednesday 25 May at 6pm in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre, UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW, followed by a drinks reception.

Workshop: Everyday Politics and Social Media

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Start: Apr 21, 2016 9:30:00 AM
End: Apr 21, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Everyday Politics and Social Media

Convenors:

Dr Elisabetta Costa, British Institute at Ankara (BIAA)
Dr Razvan Nicolescu
, UCL Anthropology

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship: Workplace Design in the Digital Age

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The UCL Department of Anthropology is delighted to announce a fully funded 3.5 years (starting from 01 October 2016) collaborative doctoral studentship on Workplace Design in the Digital Age.

International Summer School for Undergraduates

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This summer, UCL will open its doors for the first International Summer School for Undergraduates (ISSU). This will provide undergraduate students from the UK and abroad with the opportunity to take credit bearing courses over the summer here at UCL.

The latest issue of ANTHROPOLITAN is available online

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Current Issue

Winter is drawing to a close, with spring offering fleeting glimpses of the bright blue skies it holds in store for us. The academic year 2015/16 is at its midpoint, and staff and students are now feeling settled into the year. Our new staff, Dr Emily Woodhouse in Human Ecology and Dr Maria Martinon-Torres in Paleoanthropology, have settled in well. Dr Martinon-Torres immediately set about to create a wonderful opportunity for our students to join a field-camp in Europe’s most important fossil excavation site in Atapuerca, Spain, as part of their coursework, and developments are underway to extend a special relation to paleoanthropological departments and associated field-sites in China. To our delight, our Teaching Fellows are staying with us for a further academic year to the end of 2016/17.

Ethnographies of Austerity

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Daniel Knight and Charles Stewart have edited a special issue of the journal History and Anthropology, with the title: Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe. The entire issue IS AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF FEBRUARY on open access at: www.tandfonline.com/toc/ghan20/27/1

First estimate of Pygmy population in Central Africa reveals their plight

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The forests of Central Africa could be home to up to 920,000 Pygmies, according to researchers from UCL, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Malaga, who have conducted the first measured estimate of the population and distribution of these indigenous groups.

Jerome Lewis Presents William Fagg Lecture

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British Museum William Fagg Lecture 2015

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

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