SOAS University of London

Academic Services: Widening Participation

Anthropology and Sociology Masterclass



Dr Naomi Leite

Date: 25 March 2020Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 25 March 2020Time: 4:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: DLT

Type of Event: Workshop

“Social identity: How do you know who you are, and why does it matter?”

When asked, most of us can readily describe who we are in terms of ethnicity, religion, class, gender, sexuality, and the like. Many people believe that identity is a fixed part of the self, something that emerges from within. But how do we come to understand ourselves as we do, and how do we reveal it to others in our everyday actions? Does it matter how others see us? How free are we do decide who we want to be? And what does that have to do with the future of life on Earth?

This masterclass will introduce how anthropology, the study of human commonality and diversity, helps us understand the social categories that define and divide us. Using examples from around the world, including here in the UK, we will look factors that shape personal and collective identities, and then examine the role they play in some of the major concerns of today’s world—from climate change activism to migration policy, mass consumption to equal rights.

Participants will develop their critical thinking, public speaking and analytical skills.

This masterclass is for students in year 12 and 13 attending state schools and colleges within the UK. Priority should be given to those who would be the first in their family to attend university in the UK; this is a widening participation activity designed to give students a first-class experience of study at HE level.

There are a limited number of places available for the masterclass and a mixture of academic and widening participation criteria will be used to allocate places.

To apply for the masterclass please submit an application form by Friday 6th March 2020.

Organiser: Sarah Tucker

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Contact Tel: 020 7898 4043