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LabUK | Ethnographies of Britain

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A Word of Welcome:

The Laboratory for the Ethnography of the UK (LabUK) is a research platform for the study of contemporary British society and culture through an anthropological lens. Along with other post-industrial societies, Britain is an implicit reference point in much anthropological thinking, imagined primarily as an exemplar of ‘the West’. But what does Britain look like as a subject of ethnographic enquiry? And what value does its study add to anthropology and broader public debates about contemporary British society and culture and their future?

LabUK provides a home for versatile ethnographic research, exploring cultural, political, ethnic, medical, visual and material aspects of living in Britain. A hub of diverse intellectual and research activities and events, LabUK promotes empirically driven thinking, comparison, ethnographic reflexivity, and readiness to experiment with unconventional themes and creative interdisciplinary methodologies.

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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A C D D B Studio of Material Life
Everyday Citizens Imagination, Body and Performance Fashioning Material Britain Organic and Built Landscape Health care, living and dying Studio of Material Life
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MSc in Human Evolution and Behaviour: high-quality publications – and PhD candidates

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 More...

Published: May 23, 2017 2:49:19 PM

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

Brexit Poster

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