SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Anthropology in London Day 2019

UCL Anthropology Department

Date: 18 June 2019Time: 9:30 AM

Finishes: 18 June 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: UCL Room: 14 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW

Type of Event: Conference


New tensions form and old tensions re-emerge on the local and global level in response to shifts in attitudes, politics, and perceptions in a moment where seemingly solid categories and boundaries are being rethought, reimagined, and reconfigured. As a discipline we are also in a process of uncomfortable reappraisal, as attempts to confront the history of the discipline and our teaching of it through processes of decolonising or decentring Anthropology shake things up. How can we productively engage with and navigate the turbulence these shifts, confrontations, and slippages produce in the current moment?

We broadly conceptualise ‘turbulence’ as a time of uncertainty and precarity that also offers great possibility. An exploration of turbulence opens up discussions on a broad range of topics including (but not limited to) migration and borders, the environment and climate change, resurgent nationalisms, gender and sexuality, disciplinary methods and boundaries, ethics and representation, the past and the future, and agency or lack of agency. What can an examination of these issues in relation to turbulence offer? What types of turbulence do we choose and purposefully activate, what types do we passively consent to, and what types do we struggle against? In what ways do our research methods need to change to respond productively to turbulence? Can hope and possibility emerge out of the uncertainty that turbulence generates?

Anthropology in London Day is an annual event. The main purpose of the conference is to enable post-fieldwork PhD students from across London to present their fieldwork and for staff and students to discuss issues of pertinence to the discipline. The conference is free to attend and supported by the main anthropology departments in the University of London at SOAS, LSE, UCL, Brunel, Goldsmiths and UEL. This year, the lead organisers are Goldsmiths. The event is open to all anthropology staff and students within the University of London anthropology departments. Others wishing to participate can be considered.