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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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News and Events

Michael Thompson

Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2016

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. More...

Published: Jan 25, 2016 2:42:39 PM

Ethnographies of Austerity

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 More...

Published: Jan 18, 2016 3:22:15 PM

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First estimate of Pygmy population in Central Africa reveals their plight

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. More...

Published: Jan 15, 2016 3:49:43 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.
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Published: Dec 14, 2015 11:50:00 AM

Turner Prize Winners

MA in Material and Visual Culture graduate Amica Dall along with her colleagues of the Assemble collective won this year's Turner Prize, Britain's most prestigious art prize. Read more in the Guardian.
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Published: Dec 9, 2015 1:25:58 PM