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Digital Anthropology in Practice

Jennifer Fu and Gemma Tortella-Procter, MSc. Digital Anthropology at UCL

“What exactly constitutes ‘digital anthropology’?” While the practical projects we worked on may not provide a comprehensive answer to this question (perhaps a ‘comprehensive’ answer doesn’t exist), it provides an idea of the things we care about as digital anthropologists and the direction we hope to push a traditionally text-based discipline in.

As a part of the MSc Digital Anthropology core course, all of the students are given the task and opportunity to “produce a publicly accessible website which will present the results of a mini research project about an instance of digital technology use.” The challenge for the 2017-2018 class was to find a London marketplace and investigate it in the context of its digital mediation.…

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Oxford University Departmental Lecturer – Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology

Departmental Lecturer – Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology

School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography

DEPARTMENTAL LECTURER – VISUAL, MATERIAL AND MUSEUM ETHNOGRAPHY

Grade 7: £31,076-£38,183 p.a. 

Vacancy No. 133502

Applications are invited for a fixed-term Departmental Lecturer (Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology) post required for 12 months from mid-September 2018. The post is full-time (but applicants wishing to work on a part-time basis may be considered) and based at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Oxford. The role is needed for a limited time to provide cover for teaching and administration whilst arrangements are made for the recruitment of an Associate Professor.

The School is seeking an inspirational teacher with both breadth and depth of knowledge of one or more of the key subject areas of the post and a full command of the relevant literature.…

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Lecturer in Heritage Studies, Manchester University

The School of Arts Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester invites applications for a permanent, full-time lectureship in Heritage Studies, tenable from 1 September 2018.

The School seeks an exceptional individual, who will play a key role in an exciting expansion of research, teaching and learning, professional development and knowledge-exchange activities at Manchester in the area of Heritage Studies. Based in the Institute for Cultural Practices (ICP), You will join the team delivering our existing successful postgraduate programmes in the areas of Art Gallery and Museum Studies, and Arts Management and Cultural Policy, and will also contribute to its current, ongoing development of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and collaborative teaching and research capacity.

You will provide the capacity for expansion and development in the area of Heritage Studies by supporting our existing commitments to excellence in taught programmes, postgraduate research supervision and professional development, and by leading teaching within the new MA Heritage Studies, which will be launched in September 2018.…

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Lecturer in Digital Anthropology

The UCL Department of Anthropology has a new position, a lectureship in Digital Anthropology. Open to anyone with a strong ethnographic foundation to their research into the digital. Research areas can include robotics, artificial intelligence, the anthropology of data, social media, consumption, or other emerging topics within the field. For further details please click here or email Haidy Geismar for further details.

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Science Museum Group Journal: Writing Award for Early Career Writers

Via Haidy Geismar, UCL

The Science Museum Group Journal is a relatively new, and very exciting, open access journal that “provides an innovative voice in discussions worldwide about science and its history, material culture, communication, display and presentation in museums.”  [Disclosure – I’m on the editorial board]. Recent issues include a symposium on histories of use and tacit skills, articles on prosthetic limbs, developing museums of chemistry, and a special issue on sound objects.

The journal aims to support early career writers with a writing award:

£500 Academic Writing Prize – Submission date 1 March 2018 

The submission deadline for this year’s SMG journal writing prize is 1st March 2018. The prize aims to encourage writing and publication by early career scholars, and winners will receive £500 and the chance to publish in the SMG Journal.…

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Lloyd Coleman on How He Has Music at His Fingertips

Annamaria Dall’Anese – PhD Anthropology

 

 

Lloyd Coleman on How He Has Music at His Fingertips

 

Anthropology’s aim is to see the world through the native’s point of view (Malinowski 1961[1922]:25), and intersubjectivity is often the trigger of fruitful ethnographic discoveries, as well as human bonds in general (Jackson 1998:65). But what happens when a disparity between the sensory endowments of the actors intervenes in their encounter? To answer such an anthropological question, we turn to the relationship that Lloyd Coleman has with sound, music, and his clarinet. Educated at the Royal Academy of Music and recently appointed Associate Music Director of the Paraorchestra, the world’s only large-scale ensemble of disabled musicians, he is a hearing- (and visually) impaired composer.

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Materiality and politics in Latin America.

Objetos Poderosos

 

Via Ricardo Andres Labra Mocarquer

Symposium in Santiago, Chile. November.

 

The way “things” are analyzed in the contemporary world had changed, from antiquarians to different approaches in social science, philosophy, arts, arquitecture and other discipline witch  have ascertained the importance of the role that objects play in societies.

 

The objects with which we interact predetermine the existence of various struggles around certain economics of power in the contemporary world. Tools, technologies, images, all of these can become agents on the road to empowerment or inequality, ranging from the performative elements of current or daily protests to the mechanisms of vigilance and repression.

 

We would like to invite scholars in various disciplines to join us in discussing the role of objects in the ways politics is conceived and practiced.…

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Call for Panels: Art Materiality and Representation

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ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE
MAJOR CONFERENCE: ART, MATERIALITY AND REPRESENTATION
BRITISH MUSEUM/SOAS 1st-3rd JUNE 2018
CALL FOR PANEL PROPOSALS
We are very pleased to announce the call for panel proposals for the fourth of the RAI’s recent major conferences. As before, it will be jointly organised by the RAI and the BM’s Department for Africa, Oceania and the Americas, and held in the Clore Centre of the British Museum. We are also very pleased to be joined by the Department of Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where a portion of the break-out rooms for the conference panels will be located in the newly refurbished Paul Webley Wing of Senate House.

The RAI welcomes panel proposals on any of the themes below.…

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In Memory of 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.

Gill joined the anthropology department as a Masters student in Anthropology, Environment and Development in 2011. Her masters’ dissertation examined the potential of new technologies to support environmental justice movements lead by indigenous peoples.

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