SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Anthropology in London Day 2016


Date: 14 June 2016Time: 9:30 AM

Finishes: 14 June 2016Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: UCL Room: Anthropology Department

Type of Event: Conference

Anthropology and Politics

14 June 2016, 9.30am-6pm

UCL Anthropology Department, 14 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW

This year’s one day conference focuses on anthropological engagements in politics. We endeavour to consider the politics of doing anthropology in the broadest sense of the term. Two different concerns come to mind. First, the myriad different ways in which political relations have impacted upon anthropological fieldwork and writing. How do new funding regimes and political relations, both in the academy and in the field, facilitate and impede anthropological work? Are there places we do not go, and are their taboo topics that are simply too sensitive to write about? Second, the novel ways in which anthropologists have understood politics, and shaped political processes. What are the hidden political relations implicit in seemingly non-political activities such as leopard-hunting in India, midwifery in Europe, family planning in Nepal, food consumption in Italy, plastic surgery in Brazil, and debates about climate change in northern England? There are many examples of successful public engagements by anthropologists, in the United States for example. Boas’ contribution to anti-racist movements, Mead’s influence on childrearing, and Nash’s success in securing land for Native Americans all come to mind. Are there comparable contemporary British or other examples? We welcome any paper that explores these issues or related ones, and encourage presenters to draw connections between these different concerns about politics. 

The Anthropology in London day conference is an annual event. The main purpose of the conference is to enable post-fieldwork PhD students 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.

The event is open and free to attend for all anthropology staff and students within the University of London anthropology departments. Please register your attendance at: