LabUK | Ethnographies of Britain


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:

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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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