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UCL Anthropology launches joint cross-section seminar series on “resilience”

UCL Anthropology launches a joint cross-section seminar series titled “Resilience – Merits and Critique of a Concept.

Beginning after November reading week, the series will use insights from social anthropology, material culture studies, medical anthropology and biological anthropology to explore and critique peoples’ resilience in the face of social and/or ecological difficulty in a range of ethnographic settings.

The seminars will run from 11-1pm in the department and are open to students, academics and the public. For more information follow the link below:

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Object Lessons: the story of material education in eight chapters

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Duration: September 16, 2016 – January 16, 2017
Opening: Thursday, September 15, 7 p.m.

Milanese Mosaic Pastes, Cabinet of Factory Products, c. 1800, Collection Technical Museum Vienna, Photo: A.-S. Lehmann / Jars From a Teaching Aid Kit On Paper Fabrication, Lehrmittel-Verlag F. Rausch c. 1920, Collection Werkbundarchiv, Photo: A. Herrmann
If you know how to fabricate a candle from fat or a pen from a fishbone, you can survive in prison. If you know how blood reacts to lemon juice, you can remove stains. If you know why polylactide is more sustainable than polyethylene, you can change the world.

Today, knowledge about materials, their origins, and processing is more valued and desired than ever before. At the same time, such knowledge is specialized, concealed, and the domain of experts.

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Connecting Materialities / Material Connectivities

International Symposium at the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS), LMU Munich, 9–11 February 2017

Convened by


Call for Papers Deadline: 31 October 2016

This symposium aims at collectively thinking through connectivity and materiality. Our starting point is simple: things that move and thereby connect or, the other way round, connections made through things are central to anthropology’s concerns. From the Kula Ring to the journeys of museum objects, from the travels of empire-founding Buddha statues to the logics and logistics of shipping containers, connectivity and materiality are interwoven in various but particular ways. Somewhat akin to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, we take connectivity and materiality not as defined properties of some-thing but as two interrelated modes in which an entity is, or rather is becoming, in a world.…

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Call for Papers: Museums and Their Publics at Sites of Conflicted History

Via Barbara Kirschenblatt Gimblett

Museums of history face a particular challenge in societies that have experienced conflict and violence in recent memory and radical geopolitical and ideological change, not to mention socio-economic and technological challenges. Multiple and rival historical perspectives characterize the dynamics of public memory in these societies. Differing narratives of the past are told either in parallel, or appear in open conflict with each other, while memories still hidden and silent await their midwives for their public articulation at the right juncture.

We would like to invite both scholars in various disciplines (anthropology, sociology, history, memory studies, museology, political science), and museum professionals, including curators and museum educators, to join us in discussing the role of museums in negotiating contested histories in relation to their publics.

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Care on Display

Via Gabriela Nicolescu, Goldsmiths College
Thursday 23 June 2016 06:30pm – 08:30pm,

Film screening and discussion

Care on Display

Care on Display brings together documentary and artistic films by anthropologists interested in the subject of care for the elderly and for people suffering from dementia. The screenings, which will be followed by a discussion, aim to investigate how films explore notions of access and visibility of ‘care’ as ethical concerns and the intersection between care in the context of material and visual culture and care for the elderly as a subject to be put on display.  How to make visible something which is so private and very often perceived as immaterial?

This film series is conceived to continue a seminar series that Dr Gabriela Nicolescu organised in Goldsmiths, Economies of Care and Social Reproduction, in the autumn of 2015, with support from both Goldsmiths and the Wellcome Trust.

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Call for Papers: Visual Anthropology and The City

Via Barbara Knorpp, UCL Institute for Archaeology/Museum Studies

Photo: Paola Catrica

Photo: Paola Catrica

Photo: Paola Citric

Photo: Paola Catrica

Visual Anthropology and the City is a one-day-symposium at UCL, which brings together anthropologists, filmmakers, and artists and organised by the Institute of Archaeology, Department of Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY in collaboration with the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) on Friday 14th October 2016.

Urban anthropology has fascinated journalists, photographers and policy makers  with the emergence of the Chicago School since the 1920s.  Ethnography and long-term research facilitated deeper insights into the everyday lives of urban neighborhoods that were often associated with violence, crime and housing problems. Cinema and photography have also since their inception engaged with the urban, and their development is deeply entwined with that of the modern metropolis.…

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Creating African Fashion Histories

Via Helen Mears, Keeper of World Art, Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton

A conference hosted by Royal Pavilion & Museums, with the Sussex Africa Centre / University of Sussex, and the University of Brighton

 The Old Courtroom, 118 Church Street, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Wednesday 2 November 2016

Coinciding with the first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion, Fashion Cities Africa, this one-day conference will explore the possibilities and limitations of dress and fashion history to discuss current and past narratives in African fashion.

Panels will focus on the construction of African fashion histories; the role of African diasporas in the translation of African fashions; new directions in collecting and curating African fashion and the evolution of new platforms for the dissemination of African fashion.…

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Call for Papers and Visual Submissions: Photography and (con)text/Photography in Academic Research 8-9 September 2016

Via the Royal Anthropological Institute



photography + (con) text’ is pleased to announce a call for papers and visual submissions for a conference on ‘Photography in Academic Research’ to be hosted by UCL Museum and Heritage Studies, Institute of Archaeology, in collaboration with RAI (Royal Anthropological Institute) and Birkbeck, Department of Politics.

‘photography + (con) text’ was set up with the aim of promoting the collaboration and exchange between social researchers and practitioners who use photography in their research and practice. This conference comes together to provide a space of exchange, stimulating dialogue between social researchers and practitioners who engage with photography creatively and critically. This conference will serve as a platform for photography; encouraging its uses, analyses and practices in social research, expanding the possibilities of photographic practice beyond its current observational and illustrative uses within academia.…

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Austerity Bites: Food Stories from Lewisham

Via Gabriela Nicolescu, Goldsmiths

Exhibition organised by the Goldsmith’sDepartment of Anthropology

Venue: Weston Atrium, Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths
Private View: 24th May, 17.30 
Dates: 25th May – 6th of June 
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 9.00-21.00

The exhibition presents the result of our ethnographic project Austerity Bites conducted by the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The exhibition is based on an extensive phase of interviews, workshops, collections of objects and artefacts and interactions with different groups of local residents, to hear their stories, talk about their routines, and discuss the many meanings of everyday food consumption for these residents of Lewisham.   The London Borough of Lewisham is one of the most culturally diverse but also one of the most deprived areas of London and has been particularly affected by the politics of austerity that have compounded the effects of a deep economic recession. …

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Photography: Between Anthropology and History

Photography: Between Anthropology and History

Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

20-21 June 2016

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @PHRC_DeMontfort

Conference hashtag #PHRC16

PHRC16 Provisional programme

Keynote speakers:

Professor Steve Edwards (Open University, UK)

Dr Wayne Modest (National Museum for World Cultures, Leiden, The Netherlands)

On the occasion of Professor Elizabeth Edwards’ retirement, the 2016 PHRC Annual International Conference will address themes from her complex and wide ranging scholarship on the cultural work of current and historical social photographic practices. Thus, Photography: Between Anthropology and History aims to showcase scholarship driven by engagements with research methodologies that informed the material and ethnographic turns in the study of photographic history, and opened up a variety of innovative critical spaces for the re/consideration of photography and its history.…

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