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Anthropology

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Podcasts from the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. The School is renowned for its contributions to anthropological theory, its commitment to long-term ethnographic fieldwork, and its association with the Pitt Rivers Museum and the anthropology of visual and material culture. Home to over forty academic staff, over a hundred doctoral students, twelve Master’s programmes, and two undergraduate degrees (Human Sciences; Archaeology and Anthropology), Oxford anthropology is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant centres for teaching and research in the discipline. It came top of the Power (research excellence + volume) rankings for anthropology in the UK in RAE 2008.

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Episodes

Studying the origins of human material culture in young chilldren

Sep 14, 2018 2506

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This Anthropology Departmental Seminar was delivered by Dr Eva Reindl (University of Oxford) on 2 February 2018

The grey area: fascism between the general and the particular

Sep 14, 2018 3020

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This Anthropology Departmental Seminar was delivered by Dr Paolo Heywood (University of Cambridge) on 25 May 2018

Why Are There Always Candomblés? Situated Knowledges of Miscegenation and Syncretism in Brazil

Sep 14, 2018 3211

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This Anthropology Departmental Seminar was delivered by Professor Marcio Goldman (National Museum, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) on 11 May 2018

Rights and justice: reproductive politics and legal activism in India

Jul 31, 2018 3212

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This Anthropology departmental Seminar was delivered by Professor Maya Unnithan (University of Sussex) on 26 January 2018

A petition to kill: efficacious appeals against big cats in India

Jul 31, 2018 3056

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Nayanika Mathur (Oxford) delivered this Anthropology Departmental Seminar on 5 May 2018

The seven moral rules found all around the world

Jul 31, 2018 2568

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This Anthropology Departmental Seminar was delivered by Oliver Scott Curry (Oxford) on 18 May 2018

The Marett Memorial Lecture 2018. Individualism in the Wild: Oneness in Jivaroan Culture

Jul 31, 2018 3161

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The Marett Memorial Lecture for 2018 (27 April) was given by Professor Anne-Christine Taylor (emeritus; Director of Research at the CNRS) on the Amazonian 'Individualism' of the Jivaroan people of Ecuador and Peru

The promise of the (foreign) image: post-post-internet art from the Philippines (and other notes from the field)

Mar 28, 2018 3304

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An Anthropology Departmental Seminar delivered by Rafael Schacter (University College London) on 1 December 2017

The concept of culture in cultural evolution

Mar 27, 2018 2644

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The Keynote speech by Tim Lewens (Professor of Philosophy of Science, Cambridge) for the Cultural Evolution Workshop held at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, on 28 February 2017

Sustaining one another: enset, animals, and people in the southern highlands of Ethiopia

Mar 27, 2018 3211

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An Anthropology Departmental Seminar delivered by Elizabeth Ewart and Wolde Tadesse (School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Oxford) on 13 October 2017

Existential mobility, migrant imaginaries and multiple selves

Mar 27, 2018 2455

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An Anthropology Departmental Seminar by Michael Jackson (Emeritus Professor of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School), 20 October 2017

Words and Deeds - the Astor Visiting Lecture 19 October 2017

Mar 27, 2018 3445

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Michael Jackson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, delivered the Astor Visiting Lecture at Oxford on 19 October 2017. Introduced by Ramon Sarró (Oxford). Abstract: 'In this talk, I share some vignettes from my recent fieldwork among African migrants living in Copenhagen, Amsterdam and London in order to reflect on the cultural and strategic reasons why migrants are often averse to speaking their minds, telling their stories, or sharing their feelings. In linking this parsimony in speech to economy in consumption, I explore not simply what words mean or are made to mean, but what words do – their social effects, their political repercussions, and their practical entailments. In this endeavor I am, to some extent, echoing Wittgenstein’s proposition that ‘one cannot guess how a word functions. One has to look at its use and learn from that,’ though I am also mindful of Malinowski’s emphasis on language as ‘a mode of action rather than as a countersign of thought.’ Words and Deeds

Ebola: A biosocial journey

Mar 27, 2018 3419

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The inaugural Geoffrey Harrison Prize Lecture delivered in Oxford on 3 November 2017 by Melissa Parker, Professor of Medical Anthropology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Possible Futures - Robert Foley

Sep 15, 2017 541

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A talk by Robert Foley (University of Cambridge) for Possible Futures, an event held at the Oxford University Natural History Museum on 3 November 2016 that celebrated the relaunch of Biological Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

Possible Futures - Rebecca Sear

Sep 15, 2017 1176

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A talk by Rebecca Sear (Dept. of Population Health) for Possible Futures, an event held at the Oxford University Natural History Museum on 3 November 2016 that celebrated the relaunch of Biological Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

Possible Futures - Peter Walsh

Sep 15, 2017 904

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A talk by Peter Walsh (University of Cambridge) for Possible Futures, an event held at the Oxford University Natural History Museum on 3 November 2016 that celebrated the relaunch of Biological Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

Possible Futures - Charlotte Roberts

Sep 15, 2017 875

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A talk by Charlotte Roberts (University of Durham) for Possible Futures, an event held at the Oxford University Natural History Museum on 3 November 2016 that celebrated the relaunch of Biological Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

Possible Futures

Sep 15, 2017 587

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Alexandra Alvergne and Nicholas Márquez-Grant introduce Possible Futures, an event held at the Oxford University Natural History Museum on 3 November 2016 that celebrated the relaunch of Biological Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

Ebola Emergence is Predictable

Sep 15, 2017 2675

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This talk was given by Dr Peter Walsh (University of Cambridge) at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine on 3 November 2016/

A War on People: The Drug War and the Hermeneutic Politics of Those who Resist it

Aug 1, 2017 3062

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This Anthropology Departmental Seminar was given by Jarrett Zigon (University of Virginia) on 2 December 2016.

The Indian Village: Marx to Modi

Aug 1, 2017 3281

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In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Ed Simpson (SOAS) discusses the issues raised by the re-study of an Indian village. 25 November 2016.

The Artist and the Stone: Ethnography of an Artistic Process

Aug 1, 2017 3746

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This Anthropology Departmental Seminar was given by Roger Sansi-Roca (Goldsmiths, University of London) on 18 November 2016.

A Brilliant Jewel: Celibacy and its Malcontents in the Brazilian Catholic Church

Aug 1, 2017 3430

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In this Departmental Seminar, Maya Mayblin (University of Edinburgh) discusses the relatively late and most challenged rule in the Brazilian Catholic Church - celibacy. 4 November 2016.

Formalization as Development: Accounting for the Proliferation of Village Savings Associations

Aug 1, 2017 2475

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In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Maia Green (University of Manchester) discusses village savings associations and small-scale credit in Sub-Saharan Africa. 28 October 2016.

‘I Can Feel the Mafia but I Can’t See it’: Investigatory Dilemma in Present-day Trapani

Aug 1, 2017 3033

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The opening Evans-Pritchard Lecture for 2017 given by Dr Naor Ben-Yehoyada (Columbia University) on 1 May. The theme of the series was: 'Getting Cosa Nostra: Knowledge and Criminal Justice in Southwestern Sicily'.

Gifts, entitlements, benefits and surplus: interrogating food poverty and food aid in the UK

Jul 27, 2017 2965

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The 2017 Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture was given in Oxford on 24 May by Prof. Pat Caplan of Goldsmiths, London.

The concept of culture in cultural evolution

Jul 27, 2017 2640

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In his keynote speech for the Cultural Evolution Workshop (held in the Pitt Rivers Museum on 28 February 2017), Prof. Tim Lewens of Cambridge examines the concept of culture in cultural evolution.

Why do children doubt magic, but believe in the miraculous?

Jul 27, 2017 2985

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Prof. Paul Harris (Harvard Graduate School of Education) examines why children are skeptical about magical phenomena but are willing to believe in supposedly miraculous violations of everyday causal constraints. 12 May 2017.

Transformation through Ritual: Bodies as Sacred Space

Jul 27, 2017 2983

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A seminar of the Anthropology Research Group at Oxford on Eastern Medicines and Religions. Dr Ann R. David (University of Roehampton) focuses on Tamil worshippers in the UK to discuss the role of ritual in religion and dance. 18 January 2017.

Climate, weather, culture

Jul 27, 2017 3631

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In this Departmental Seminar, Prof. Steve Rayner examines the blossoming of anthropological attention to climate change over the last ten years. 17 February 2017.

The great migration of summer 2015: trajectories, journeys and hubs

Jul 27, 2017 3593

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In this Departmental Seminar, Dr Franck Düvell (COMPAS) focuses on the great migration of 2015 when it is estimated that 12 million people were newly displaced. 20 January 2017.

Exhibiting violence and social change in Brazil

Jul 27, 2017 3432

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Prof. Elizabeth B. Silva (The Open University) discusses the role of staged events in remembering the establishment of dictatorship in Brazil in 1964. 19 May 2017.

Women in India’s waste economy

Jul 27, 2017 4385

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In this Departmental Seminar, Prof. Barbara Harriss-Whiten draws on anthropology, economics and politics to examine the role of women in Indian society. 12 May 2017.

The Gorongosa Restoration Project, Mozambique

Jul 27, 2017 1781

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Greg Carr, the President of the Gorongosa Restoration Project in Mozambique, gives an overview of how the Gorongosa National Park has evolved since Mozambique's civil conflict ended in 1992. 5 May 2017.

Exploring the city's 'sutures'

Jun 15, 2016 3108

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Filip De Boeck (KU Leiden) explores 'urban life between want and wish', drawing on examples from the DRCongo (4 March 2016)

Plantain island sirens

Jun 15, 2016 3346

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Jennifer Diggins (Oxford Brookes) discusses 'tales of poverty, fish, and seduction from maritime Sierra Leone' (26 February 2016)

Science, stories and indigenous wisdom: is the wider world waking up at last?

Jun 15, 2016 2749

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Joy Hendry (Oxford Brookes) examines indigenous knowledge and specific projects across the world, including Canada, Australia and New Zealand (13 May 2016)

The charm of 'things': ethnography and performance

Jun 15, 2016 3247

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Marta Rosa Jardim (UNIFESP, Brazil) examines the role of sculptures of Hindu gods in Mozambique and the influence of art history on her anthropological research (20 May 2016)

The certainty of futures lost

Jun 15, 2016 2557

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Lucy Lowe (Edinburgh) discusses motherhood, Caesarean sections and migration in 'Little Mogadishu', Mairobi (3 Fecember 2015)

The fragility of conviction

Jun 15, 2016 3125

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Mathijs Pelkmans (LSE)'s seminar is based on 'walking with the Tablighi Jammat in Kyrgyzstan (12 February 2016)

Profane relations: the irony of offensive jokes in India

Jun 15, 2016 3174

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Andrew Sanchez (Kent) discusses why a multi-ethnic workforce in eastern India exchanges jokes about each other's religion and cultures as a form of irony (19 February 2016)

The developmental origins of health and disease: adaptation reconsidered

Jun 8, 2016 2302

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Ian Rickard (Durham) places the origins of the science of health and disease within a framework of evolutionary theory and a medical anthropology perspective (18 January 2016)

Obstructed labour: the classic obstetric dilemma and beyond

Jun 8, 2016 2996

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Emma Pomeroy (Cambridge) places obstructed labour within an evolutionary perspective. A medical anthropology seminar given on 15 February 2016.

Inflammaging and its role in ageing and age-related diseases

Jun 8, 2016 3080

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Cristina Giuliani (Bologna) places inflammaging, and genetics, within an evolutionary perspective. A medical anthropology seminar given on 1 February 2016.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Jun 8, 2016 3257

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Charlotte K. Russell (Parent-Infant Sleep Lab, Durham) looks at how evolutionary anthropology and cross-cultural perspectives can have a huge impact on specific healthcare issues such as SIDS (22 February 2016)

The dawn of Darwinian critical care medicine

Jun 8, 2016 3334

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James G. Morgan (Dept of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, Leeds General Infirmary) discusses how an evolutionary approach can help one understand medicine, such as adaptive defence mechanisms in the body (8 February 2016)

Maternal capital and offspring development

Jun 8, 2016 3526

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Jonathan Wells (UCL Institute of Child Health) presents an intergenerational perspective on the development origins of health and disease. A medical anthropology seminar given on 29 February 2016.

Tracing the origins of the HIV/AIDS pandemic

Jun 8, 2016 3754

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Nuno Fario (Oxford) investigates the development of HIV since the discovery of its first, and diverse, genomes in 1959 and 1960. A medical anthropology seminar given on 7 March 2016.

Agrarian change, climate stress and shifting class relations in the Nepal-Bihar borderlands

Jun 2, 2016 2998

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A special lecture by Dr Fraser Sugden, a Kathmandu-based social scientist at the International Water Management Institute (19 May 2016)

Marett Memorial Lecture 2016: The Creole world between inequality and difference

Jun 2, 2016 3842

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Professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen (Oslo) delivered 2016's Marett Memorial Lecture on 29 April at Exeter College. The lecture examined controversies over Creole identity which are related to fundamental questions in anthropology.

Paying attention to the journey

Mar 14, 2016 2394

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In this Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group seminar, Ginny Mounce (Oxford) discusses couples' experiences of investigating and starting infertility treatments, 19 October 2015

Does 21st-century technology change the experience of early pregnancy and miscarriage?

Mar 14, 2016 2680

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In this Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group seminar, Ingrid Gramme (Oxford) discusses how our basic understanding of pregnancy and miscarriage has changed enormously over the last eighty years, 9 November 2015

Birds in heaven: social positioning of lost babies and their mothers in Qatar

Mar 14, 2016 2746

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In this Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group seminar, Susie Kilshaw (UCL), discusses the impact of pregnancy and loss on mothers and fathers, and other family members, in Qatar, 2 November 2015

Microbes and other spirits

Mar 14, 2016 2758

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In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, César Enrique Giraldo Herrera (Oxford) discusses the role of hallucinogenics in interpreting reality and the role of visions in Lowland South America, 23 October 2015 (the opening few seconds are missing)

Revisiting uncertainty: provisional electricity infrastructure and livelihoods in an African city

Mar 14, 2016 3013

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In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Idalina Baptista (Oxford), discusses the governance of electricity in urban sub-Saharan Africa, drawing on a case study focused on Maputo, Mozambique, 13 November 2015

Negotiating enemy lines

Mar 14, 2016 3076

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In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Lauren Greenwood (University of Sussex) discusses the complexities of collaboration with the British military, 29 May 2015

Medical and psychological issues in the treatment of recurrent miscarriage

Mar 14, 2016 3083

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In this Fertility and Reproduction Seminar, Raj Rai (Imperial College and St Mary's Hospital) discusses the role of clinical trials and ways of addressing the potential exploitation of vulnerable couples, 26 October 2015

Crossing religious borders: Jewish Cabo Verdeans

Mar 14, 2016 3108

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In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Alma Gottlieb (Illinois) discusses the blend of religious traditions that have developed on the Cape Verde islands, particularly early Jewish settlers, 6 November 2015

'Fat knowledge', epigenetics and the enchantment of relational biology

Mar 14, 2016 3229

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An Anthropology Departmental Seminar presented by Megan Warin (Adelaide) on the ways in which obesity is understood, embodied and enacted, 16 October 2015

Evolutionary origins of technological behaviour: a primate archaeology approach to chimpanzees

Mar 14, 2016 3375

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An Anthropology Departmental seminar presented by Susana Carvalha (Oxford) on the archaeological sites of non-humans, 27 November 2015

The 'Unfortunate Mesopotamian Foetus'

Mar 14, 2016 3382

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Pregnancy loss and miscarriage in the ancient Near East - a Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group seminar, 30 November 2015 given by Marie-Françoise Besnier (University of Cambridge)

The Limits of collaboration: attempting a reciprocal Gypsy/Roman life story

Aug 4, 2015 3584

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In this Anthropology departmental seminar, Paloma Gay y Blasco (St Andrews) evaluates a twenty-year collaborative project she has undertaken with her Gypsy informer (15 May 2015)

Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2015: The Societalization of Social Problems

Aug 4, 2015 3504

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Professor Jeffrey C. Alexander (Yale University) delivered the Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture on 3 June 2014 at Oxford. The lecture was 'The societalization of social problems: recent social crises and the civil sphere' Drawing from cultural sociology, this lecture develops a theory of “societalization” to explain social reaction to three recent, globally significant upheavals – the financial crisis, church pedophilia, and media phone-hacking. While these problems were endemic for years and even decades, they had failed to generate broad crises: Reactions were confined inside institutional boundaries and handled by intra-institutional elites according to the cultural logics of their particular spheres. When intra-institutional strains become interpreted as challenges to civil discourse and interests, there is societalization. Inter-sphere boundaries become tense and there is widespread anguish about social justice and the future of democratic society. A war of the spheres ensues and, eventually, there is movement back to steady state. Societalization cannot prevent the future eruption of social strains. In a differentiated and plural society, tensions between spheres is endemic, and civil repair depends upon the possibilities generated by societalization.

Stacking Ontologies: Mundane Technoscience in the Silk Mill

May 28, 2015 2787

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Dimitris Papadopoulos (University of Leicester) discusses different ways to think about technoscience beyond its core institutions (13 March 2015)

Obsessed by Love: Erotic Magic, Delirious Love and Female Power in Mozambique

May 28, 2015 2430

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Christian Groes-Green (Roskilde University Copenhagen) discusses the nature of being in love and how this is seen and discussed in Mozambique and written about in other African nations (6 March 2015)

Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, the Anthropology of Dance: Same Difference?

May 28, 2015 2890

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Andrée Grau (University of Roehampton) discusses the anthropology of dance and its development as a discipline of anthropology. The talk also reflects on the discipline's neglected figures (27 February 2015)

The Agency of Eating: Mediation, Food and the Body in Highland Ecuador

May 28, 2015 2581

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This Anthropology departmental seminar by Emma-Jayne Abbots (University of Wales Trinity St David) aims to define and extend the theoretical boundaries of food studies

Lost objects, imaginary assemblages and the mass graves of the Spanish Civil War

May 8, 2015 3167

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Layla Renshaw (Kingston University London) discusses objects recovered during the exhumation of Civil War victims and considers their imaginative power and life cycle (6 February 2015)

On representation and power: portrait of a Vodun leader in present-day Benin

May 8, 2015 2611

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An Anthropology Departmental Seminar by Emmanuelle Kadya Tall of IRD, Paris (30 January 2015)

Moving the cracks: motorcycle taxis, politics and the fragility of power in Bangkok

May 8, 2015 3056

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Claudio Sopranzetti (Oxford) discusses the Red Shirts, the motorcycle taxi drivers whose protests in 2010 brought Bangkok to a standstill (23 January 2015)

Ecology of undernutrition and infection

May 8, 2015 3398

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Professor Stanley Ulijaszek (University of Oxford) presents a lecture on undernutrition and infection (14 November 2014)

Biocultural approaches to Type 2 diabetes

May 8, 2015 3277

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Stanley Ulijaszek (University of Oxford) presents a lecture on Type 2 diabetes from the Disease Ecology Lecture series (28 November 2014)

Obesity: epidemiology and biocultural factors

May 8, 2015 3496

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Professor Stanley Ulijaszek (University of Oxford) presents a lecture on obesity from the Disease Ecology Lecture series (21 November 2014)

From Amazonian couvade to neo-couvade in cosmopolitan trends of co-parenting: a comparative analysis

Apr 14, 2015 3905

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In this Fertility and Reproduction Seminar Françoise Barbira-Freedman (Cambridge) examines ideas and behaviour that intimately associates a man with the birth of his child (1 Dec 2014)

Infant feeding and child health and survival in early twentieth-century England

Apr 14, 2015 2909

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A seminar for the Fertility and Reproduction Group by Alice Reid of the University of Cambridge (24 November 2014)

Revisiting breastfeeding in light of the gift logic. Is a comparison of Gogo and Italian women possible?

Apr 14, 2015 3025

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A seminar for the Fertility and Reproduction Group by Mara Mabilia of the University of Padua (17 November 2014)

How to protect your newborn from neonatal death: spirits and infant feeding practices in the Gambia

Apr 14, 2015 2208

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A seminar for the Fertility and Reproduction Group by Sarah O'Neill of the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (10 November 2014)

Bangladeshi women's experiences of infant feeding in Tower Hamlets

Apr 14, 2015 2291

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This Fertility and Reproduction Seminar by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Public Health Team looks at why so many Bangladeshi women in the borough are mix feeding with breast and bottle (3 Nov 2014)

Breastpump technology and 'natural' motherly milk in Enlightenment France

Apr 13, 2015 2255

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In this Fertility and Reproduction Seminar Margaret Carlyle (Cambridge) discusses developments in breastpump technology in 18th-century France (27 October 2014)

Hiring a wetnurse in seventeenth-century England

Apr 13, 2015 2931

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In this Fertility and Reproduction Seminar Leah Astbury (Cambridge) discusses the increase of maternal breastfeeding in 17th-century England (20 October 2014)

Negotiating nutrition: from baby to toddler in the Peruvian Andes

Apr 13, 2015 2621

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In this Fertility and Reproduction Seminar Bronwen Gillespie (Sussex) examines the the use of Sprinkles, a multiple-micronutrient product recommended by the state, in Peru (13 October 2014)

Can there be an anthropology of Hinduism?

Jan 30, 2015 3127

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A discussion of the anthropology of Hinduism and the difficulties of categorizing religion. Anthropology Departmental Seminar by David Gellner of Oxford (5 December 2014)

Cleaning up and moving on

Jan 30, 2015 3643

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A discussion of Kazakhstan's 'nuclear renaissance' and the transformation of the region from nuclear test site to wasteland to a centre for civilian research. Anthropology Departmental Seminar by Catherine Alexander of Durham (28 November 2014)

Biosecurity practices in labs and museums: sentinels, simulation, stockpiling

Jan 30, 2015 3440

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A discussion of the relationship between the anthropology of biosecurity and the rationality of risk as well as the anthropology of human-animal relationships. Anthropology Departmental Seminar by Frédéric Keck, Musée de quai Branly (21 November 2014)

Ways of speaking, ways of knowing

Jan 30, 2015 2891

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A discussion of the ethnolinguistic identity of the Inugguit based on 12 months of fieldwork in NW Greenland. Anthropology Departmental Seminar by Stephen Leonard of the University of Oxford (14 November 2014)

On forms of mental discipline and understanding of national psyche in contemporary Serbia

Jan 30, 2015 2675

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An ethnography of mental hygiene and neuro-security in contemporary Serbia. Anthropology Departmental Seminar by Maja Petrović-Šteger of the ISRF and Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (31 October 2014)

Martyrs, militants and emotions

Jan 30, 2015 3069

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A discussion of Albanian radicalisation in Kosovo begore 1999. Anthropology Departmental Seminar by Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers of the University of Bournemouth (17 October 2014).

Water, human evolution and diet

Oct 3, 2014 2307

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This public lecture on the role of water in human evolution took place at Somerset House in London as part of its 'Month of Water'. 17 June 2014.

Marett Memorial Lecture 2014: How to capture the wow. Awe and the study of religion

Oct 3, 2014 2943

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Professor Birgit Meyer delivered the 2014 Marett Memorial Lecture on the interplay of religious things and bodily sensations. Introduced by James Grant. 2 May 2014

Choreographing lived experience: the stories that dancing bodies tell

Oct 3, 2014 2707

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This Anthropology seminar looks at the role of dance and movement of the body as a theme in itself; using dance to understand embodied experience. 21 February 2014

Models, muddles and metaphors

Oct 3, 2014 3403

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This seminar, on the theme of Models in Anthropology, draws on examples from the fields of Amazonian and obesity studies. 9 May 2014

Social anthropology of the arts: expression, genre and agency

Oct 3, 2014 4096

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This seminar, on the theme of Art and Creativity, explores the anthropology of artistic and imaginative processes, a field that is interdisciplinary by nature. 23 May 2014.

Intersections: an ethnography of everyday togetherness and intensified diversity in Elephant and Castle

Oct 3, 2014 3543

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This Anthropology seminar, on the theme of Diasporas and Migration, presents emerging findings from a collaborative ethnography in a 'super-diverse' South London area. 30 May 2014

Photo archives as historical resources: the Jeffrys and Dalrymple archives compared

Apr 30, 2014 3375

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Professor Verkijika G. Fanso of Yaounde University in Cameroon compares two photo archives both taken around the same time, which are now held in Cambridge and South Africa

Fifty years of Cameroon unification: controversies and archival echoes

Apr 30, 2014 2878

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A special lecture in Oxford by Professor Verkijika G. Fanso from the University of Yaounde in Cameroon

Inspirations for publications - ISCA Anthropology Book Launch

Apr 29, 2014 1571

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Anthropologists from ISCA discuss the research and inspiration behind six recent publications

'Native Life', or, Being outside the carbon imagery

Apr 29, 2014 3173

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Professor Elizabeth Povinelli of Columbia University examines contemporary scientific discussions of the Anthropocene and climate change and theoretical theories of New Vitalism, New Animism and Relational Ontology

Inequality, insecurity and obesity

Apr 29, 2014 2755

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A seminar for the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism by Professor Stanley Ulijaszek of ISCA, Oxford

Cultural understandings of roles and responsibilities in addressing obesity

Apr 29, 2014 2736

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Emily Henderson of Durham University discusses the causes of obesity, those responsible for it and how it should be addressed.

Culture and motivation: long distance running in Japan and the UK

Apr 29, 2014 3603

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Anthropologist Emma Coleman-Jones and distance runner Mara Yamauchi compare their experiences of running in the UK and Japan

Intellectual property and informal economy: a commodity chain from China to Brazil through Paraguay

Apr 29, 2014 3093

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Rosana Pinheiro-Machado (of ODID, Oxford)'s anthropology departmental seminar focuses on the transmission of diverse goods in a commodity chain that was formed in the 1980s.

Claiming resources, honouring debts: miners, herders and the land masters of Mongolia

Apr 29, 2014 2837

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Rebecca Empson of UCL discusses the form of capitalism emerging in Mongolia's mineral economy. An anthropology departmental seminar.

Do not resuscitate orders in a UK hospital: an ethnography of the future-present

Apr 29, 2014 3298

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Simon Cohn of Cambridge University looks at the ways health professionals and their activities construct an understanding of the human body according to particular temporal framings. An anthropology departmental seminar.

The sharia as a vocation: Islam, law and civility in Lebanon

Apr 29, 2014 3354

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This discussion of sharia discourse in different contexts focuses on the experiences of four individuals. An anthropology departmental seminar by Morgan Clarke (ISCA, Oxford)

Victor Turner, anthropology and Christianity

Apr 29, 2014 2985

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Timothy Larsen (Wheaton College, Illinois) discusses the impact of Christianity on the research and careers of Victor and Edith Turner, looking in particular at their work in Rhodesia. An anthropology departmental seminar.

Discovering 'justice': the magic of law in the Upper Amazon

Apr 29, 2014 3052

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An anthropology departmental seminar on legal anthropology in lowland South America given by Harry Walker of the LSE.

The end of history? What follows the demographic transition?

Apr 29, 2014 3361

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An overview of the demographic transition, and the demographic regime, since its development in the 1940s. An anthropological departmental seminar by Chris Wilson of ISCA (Oxford)

Political ecology of disease

Feb 3, 2014 3167

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This lecture by Professor Stanley Ulijaszek of ISCA, the University of Oxford, is part of the Disease Ecology series and was delivered on 22 November 2013

Disease transitions

Feb 3, 2014 2887

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This lecture by Professor Stanley Ulijaszek of ISCA, the University of Oxford, is part of the Disease Ecology series and was presented on 13 November 2013.

Generational change and continuity amongst British mothers

Feb 3, 2014 2425

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Angela Davis of the University of Warwick discusses the sharing of beliefs, knowledge and practice amongst British mothers between 1940 and 1990 (a Fertility and Reproduction seminar from 14 October 2013)

Contextualising the 'new parenting culture'

Feb 3, 2014 2628

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Charlotte Faircloth of the University of Kent presents historical and sociological perspectives on adult-child relations (a Fertility and Reproduction seminar from 21 October 2013)

Caring and being cared for in north-western Amazonia

Feb 3, 2014 2168

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Elizabeth Rahman of the University of Oxford discusses the perinatal practices of a small group of Amazonian Indians with whom she lived (a Fertility and Reproduction seminar from 4 November 2013)

'Don't worry, you'll be a grandmother soon!'

Feb 3, 2014 3110

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In this Fertility and Reproduction seminar from 18 November 2013, Robert Pralat of the University of Cambridge investigates how non-heterosexual people discuss becoming a parent with their own parents

'I did not know how to tell my parents, so I thought I would have to have an abortion'

Feb 3, 2014 2126

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Ekaterina Hertog of the University of Oxford explores the negotiations between premaritally pregnant women and their parents in Japan (a Fertility and Reproduction seminar from 25 November 2013)

Be(com)ing papa: kinship senescence and the ambivalent inward journeys of ageing men in the Antilles

Feb 3, 2014 2660

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Adom Philogene Heron of the University of St Andrews investigates grandfatherhood in the Antilles (a Fertility and Reproduction seminar from 2 December 2013)

Of untold riches and unruly homes: gender and property in neoliberal middle-class Kolkata

Feb 3, 2014 3476

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In this Anthropology departmental seminar from 1 November 2012, Henrike Donner of Oxford Brookes University looks at how different kinds of property and ownership arrangements affect relationships between people among the urban middle classes of Kolkata

Experimenting with field experiments: moving the lab into the field in ethnographic research

Feb 3, 2014 2813

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In this Anthropology departmental seminar from 8 November 2013, Dimitris Xygalatas (Aarhus and Masaryk Universities) investigates ritual behaviour, bringing it into the lab, to work out why people put themselves through such ordeals

New York stories: the lives of other citizens

Feb 3, 2014 2896

Description:

In this Anthropology departmental seminar from 22 November 2013, Andrew Irving of the University of Manchester investigates memories, thoughts and reminiscences about New York City.

The adoption of modern contraception in rural Ethiopia: a biocultural approach

Feb 3, 2014 2562

Description:

A School of Anthropology departmental seminar from 29 November 2013 by Alexandra Alvergne of ISCA, University of Oxford

Gift, sacrifice, and deadly rumours (3 May 2013)

Nov 14, 2013 3314

Description:

In this seminar, Dr Julien Bonhomme (École normale supérieure, Paris) discusses the cultural significance of rumours of deadly alms and gift giving that first appeared in Senegal in 2010.

Geology, potentiality, speculation: on the indeterminacy of natural resources (10 May 2013)

Nov 14, 2013 3215

Description:

In this seminar, Dr Gisa Weszkalnys (London School of Economics) focuses her study of the indeterminacy of natural resources on the small island state of São Tomé and Príncipe in the Gulf of Guinea.

Conceptualizing new age and neopagan ritual (17 May 2013)

Nov 14, 2013 2475

Description:

In this seminar, Professor Michael Houseman (l'École pratique des hautes études, Paris) presents a brief analysis of several small ceremonies to make a theoretical argument about ritual in a new age and neopagan context.

Brazilian serialities: imagining persons (24 May 2013)

Nov 14, 2013 3065

Description:

In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Professor Joao de Pina-Cabral (University of Kent) discusses the creative use of personal names in Brazil.

Dorr-e Dari (The Pearl of Dari): An Ethnography of Poetry as a Social Practice among Afghans in Iran (23 May 2013)

Nov 14, 2013 3370

Description:

This lecture formed part of the 2013 Evans-Pritchard Lecture series held at All Souls College, Oxford, in which Zuzanna Olszewska discussed 'Authentic Voices, Modern Selves: An Ethnography of Afghan Refugee Poetry and Personhood in Iran'.

Provocations for digital anthropology (30 May 2013)

Nov 14, 2013 1428

Description:

David Zeitlyn discusses parallels between visual and digital anthropology and the dangers of historical myopia. It is too easy to disregard earlier parallels because of the mistaken claim that everything is new and different.

Looking forward looking back (18 May 2013)

Nov 14, 2013 2888

Description:

Professor David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford) argues for a pluralisation of past, present and future. There are many unconnected or only partially connected literatures on time related issues. To embrace them we need to start thinking about pasts, presents and futures.

Alternative Utopias and the Crisis of Imagination (20 June 2013)

Nov 14, 2013 2155

Description:

Professor Alexander Kiossev (University of Sofia in Bulgaria)drawing on his background in cultural studies, spoke about the ways in which 'alternative utopias' can enable creative imaginaries for the types of futures we are able to realise or create.

Divine kingdoms in the western Himalayas

Apr 19, 2013 2843

Description:

This Anthropology Departmental Seminar (22 February 2013) by William Sax of the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, focuses on 'oracular authority and distributed agency' in the western Himalayas.

Capital's new frontier

Apr 19, 2013 2838

Description:

Dr Catherine Dolan of the Saïd Business School, Oxford, discusses 'yoghurt mamas, solar sisters and the remaking of 'unusable Africa' at the bottom of the pyramid'. An Anthropology Departmental Seminar from 15 February 2013.

Re-making the dead, uncertainty and the torque of human materials in northern Zimbabwe

Apr 19, 2013 2826

Description:

This Anthropology Departmental Seminar (8 February 2013) by Joost Fontein from the Department of Social Anthropology at Edinburgh focuses on northern Zimbabwe fieldwork and research.

Unexplored agencies: the case of Donna Sebastiana

Apr 19, 2013 3023

Description:

Carlo Severi (CNRS, Paris) presents an Anthropology Departmental Seminar (1 February 2013).

Re-thinking 'Untamed Thoughts' Fifty Years On

Apr 19, 2013 3847

Description:

In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar (25 January 2013), Dr Laura Rival discusses 'Claude Lévi-Strauss and the science of the concrete'.

Synchrony and Similiarity in Human Cooperation

Apr 19, 2013 3836

Description:

This Anthropology Departmental Seminar (30 November 2012) is presented by Emma Cohen of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, Oxford.

The Evolution of Human Egalitarianism

Apr 19, 2013 3036

Description:

This Anthropology Departmental Seminar (9 November 2012) is by Dr Frank Marlowe (University of Cambridge, Department of Biological Anthropology) and is on the theme of evolutionary anthropology.

Digital Heritage Technologies and Issues of Community Engagement and Cultural Restitution in 'New Style' Ethnographic Museums

Apr 19, 2013 3604

Description:

This Anthropology Departmental Seminar (2 November 2012) is by Professor Mike Rowlands (University College London), in collaboration with Graeme Were (Brisbane). Its theme is material anthropology.

Scientists as Abstainers

Apr 19, 2013 3082

Description:

Matei Candea (University of Durham) presents 'An ethnography of inter-species trust without belief'. An Anthropology Departmental Seminar (26 October 2012) with a theme of science and technology studies.

City Dwelling and the Cultures of Migrant Urbanism

Apr 19, 2013 3215

Description:

This Anthropology Departmental Seminar (19 October 2012), is presented by Professor Michael Keith, the Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, Oxford.

The Biography of the Holy Ghost

Apr 19, 2013 3277

Description:

In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar (12 October 2012), Dr Ramon Sarró explores a prophetic landscape in Lower Congo.

The Ethnographic Dream

Apr 19, 2013 3178

Description:

In this seminar for the anthropology research group at Oxford on Eastern Medicines and Religions (10 October 2012), Dr Katherine Swancutt discusses 'doing fieldwork among native scholars and shamans', focusing on southwest China.

Learning that emerges in 'Times of Trouble'

Jun 27, 2012 3004

Description:

In this Ethnicity and Identity Seminar, Professor Joy Hendry (Oxford Brooks University) presents a few cases from Japan. 2 March 2012.

Epidemiological crises, epistemological divisions

Jun 27, 2012 3140

Description:

In this seminar held by the Anthropology Research Group at Oxford on Eastern Medicines and Religions (ArgO-EMR), Assoc. Professor Marta Hanson (Johns Hopkins University) discusses 'the new discourse on epidemics in 17th-18th century China'. 7 March 2012.

Collective Effervescence as Embodied Intoxication

Jun 27, 2012 2542

Description:

Philip Mellor, Professor of Religion and Social Theory at the University Leeds, presented this paper at a workshop held in Oxford by the British Centre for Durkheimian Studies in February 2012.

Reflections on geneticisation

Jun 27, 2012 3319

Description:

In this Medical Anthropology Research Seminar, Professor Paul Martin (University of Nottingham) examines 'social science and the making of biofutures'. 6 February 2012.

Everyday aesthetics in forced displacement

Jun 27, 2012 3692

Description:

In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Sandra Dudley (University of Leicester) looks at 'material culture and Karenni forced migrants in a Thai-Burma border camp'. 10 February 2012.

Sweetness and Light

Jun 27, 2012 2992

Description:

In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Professor Ann Gold (Syracuse University) examines 'ordinary pluralisms in a North Indian town'. 24 February 2012.

Negotiating Space, Buying Time

Jun 27, 2012 3126

Description:

In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Professor Michael Herzfeld (Harvard University) discusses 'the performance of housing politics in a Bangkok community under siege'. 2 December 2011.

What Shan ethnography can tell us about Theravada Buddhism

Jun 27, 2012 3311

Description:

Nicola Tannenbaum, Professor of Anthropology at Lehigh University in the United States, discusses Theravada Buddhism for this Anthropology Departmental Seminar. 4 May 2012.

Conflict in the Plural

Jun 27, 2012 3426

Description:

In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Jonathan Spencer (University of Edinburgh) examines 'eastern Sri Lanka as a complex religious field'. 18 May 2012.

Opportunistic violence and the impossibility of intimacy

Jun 27, 2012 2294

Description:

In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Dhana Hughes (St John's College, University of Oxford) examines 'memories of revenge and denunciation in Sri Lanka's Southern Terror'. 11 May 2012.

Neighbouring China in Northern Nepal

Jun 27, 2012 2703

Description:

In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Martin Saxer (National University of Singapore)discusses 'Hidden Valleys, New Roads and Remote Cosmopolitans' in northern Nepal. 25 May 2012.

Marett Memorial Lecture 2012: Anthropologists and the Bible

May 24, 2012 2926

Description:

In the 2012 Marett Memorial Lecture, Professor Adam Kuper of the LSE and Fellow of the British Academy reviews a century of debate surrounding the anthropology of religion. The lecture took place at Exeter College, Oxford on 27 April 2012.

Altruism in cyberspace?

May 24, 2012 3506

Description:

In this seminar for the International Gender Studies Centre, Elinor Bastin presents an exploration of an on-line community for women and men with bipolar disorder. 10 November 2011.

Beyond globalisation and localisation

May 24, 2012 2701

Description:

In this Departmental Seminar, Holger Jebens discusses local Christianity and 'Pluralism in a Papua New Guinea village'. 18 November 2011.

The 'down side' of assisted reproductive technologies

May 24, 2012 2891

Description:

In this seminar for the Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group, Soraya Tremayne (Director of the FRSG) discusses 'Third party donation and the 'happy family' rhetoric in Iran'. 17 November 2011.

Meat and Health

May 24, 2012 2612

Description:

In this Health, Environment and Development seminar, Peter Scarborough (a UL in Public Health) discusses the impact of achieving environmental sustainable diets on deaths from cardiovascular disease and cancer in the UK. 18 October 2011.

Brain microcircuits in champanzees and humans

May 24, 2012 2919

Description:

Stephen Chance of the Neuroanatomy and Cognition Group, based at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, presents insights into IQ and social cognition in chimpanzees and humans. An ICEA Seminar from 1 June 2011.

Venom, pollinators and parasites

May 24, 2012 3100

Description:

Anna Nekaris of Oxford Brookes University discusses 'how the poisonous slow loris may reveal the origins of social grooming amongst primates'. An ICEA seminar from 2 November 2011.

Extreme climatic events as drivers of early human behaviour in Africa?

May 24, 2012 2153

Description:

In this seminar for the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, Sallie Burrough of Oxford University's School of Geography and the Environment presents an environmental perspective from the Kalahari Desert (23/11/11).

How niche construction affects inheritance systems in human evolution

May 24, 2012 2937

Description:

A seminar for the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology by John Odling-Smee (an Emeritus research fellow from Oxford University), 30 November 2011.

Implementing a Research Culture in the NHS. Medical Anthropology at Oxford

May 11, 2012 3125

Description:

The conference 'Medical Anthropology at Oxford: 10 Years at the Intersections', held at ICSA on 23-24 June 2011, marked the first ten years of Medical Anthropology at Oxford. This podcast by Olivier Bazin formed part of the first panel.

The self-management of misfortune by use of amulets and charms. Ethnicity and Identity Seminar

May 11, 2012 3286

Description:

In this Ethnicity and Identity Seminar on 'Managing Disasters and Misfortune', Eric Edwards (Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford) discusses 'The self-management of misfortune by use of amulets and charms' (3 February 2012).

There is no such thing as Dian cuisine. Anthropology Departmental Seminar

May 11, 2012 2999

Description:

In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Jakob Klein (SOAS) discusses 'Food and locality in twenty-first century China' (11 March 2011).

Don't throw the baby out with the bathos. Anthropology Departmental Seminar:

May 11, 2012 2277

Description:

In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Stephen Reyna (MPI-Halle) discussed 'regimes of truth in an anthropology of hypocrisy' (25 February 2011).

On the concept of cultural transmission. Anthropology Departmental Seminar

May 11, 2012 4628

Description:

In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Roy Ellen (University of Kent) discusses 'On the concept of cultural transmission' (18 February 2011).

Re-Defining the Museal Object in Mao and post-Mao China. Anthropology Departmental Seminar

May 11, 2012 3921

Description:

In this Anthropology Departmental seminar Michael Rowlands (University College London) discusses 'Re-Defining the Museal Object in Mao and post-Mao China'. 13 May 2011.

The evolutionary history and genetics of primate brain size

May 11, 2012 3104

Description:

In this Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Seminar, Stephen Montgomery (University of Cambridge) discusses "The evolutionary history and genetics of primate brain size." 15 June 2011.

Dept Seminar: Beyond 'terroir'

Nov 29, 2011 3292

Description:

In this Anthropology Dept Seminar Marion Demossier of the University of Bath discusses 'territorial construction, hegemonic discourses and French wine culture'. 11 November 2011.

Dept Seminar: Discovering Anthropological Practice through Fieldwork

Nov 29, 2011 3099

Description:

In this Anthropology Dept Seminar, Professor Judith Okely of Hull University (and an associate of ISCA, Oxford) looks back over her anthropological career, especially her time spent working with gypsies. 4 November 2011.

Dept Seminar: Saints of Justice, Spirits of Devastation

Nov 29, 2011 2826

Description:

In this Anthropology Dept Seminar, Helene Basu of Münster University examines 'Sorcery, Madness and Modernity in Western India'. 28 October 2011.

Dept Seminar: The Oil Company, 'Partnership' and the Moralities of Giving and Receiving

Nov 29, 2011 3520

Description:

In this Anthropology Dept Seminar, Katy Gardner of the University of Sussex examines the impact of oil companies on 'corporate community engagement' in Bangladesh. 21 October 2011.

Dept Seminar: Spirit in Motion

Nov 29, 2011 2569

Description:

In this Anthropology Dept Seminar, Thomas Kirsch of Konstanz University, discusses the 'Morphology and Mobility of the Holy Spirit in Africa'. 14 October 2011.

Medical Anthropology at Oxford: Autopathographies - How 'sick lit' shapes knowledge and the illness experience

Jul 26, 2011 1329

Description:

This presentation by Dr Rachel Hall-Clifford (Primary Health Care, Oxford) was delivered at the conference Medical Anthropology at Oxford: 10 Years at the Intersections.

Medical Anthropology at Oxford: Oxford's 'Two Bodies' in Medical Anthropology

Jul 26, 2011 1185

Description:

This presentation by Dr Caroline Potter (ISCA, Oxford) focuses on how Oxford's Medicial Anthropology bridges the biological and social divide. It was delivered at the 10 Years at the Intersections conference in June 2011.

Medical Anthropology at Oxford: Healing earth and sacred clay among the Mun, SW Ethiopia

Jul 26, 2011 1184

Description:

This presentation by doctoral candidate Kate Fayers-Kerr was delivered at the Medical Anthropogy at Oxford conference, 10 Years at the Intersections, June 2011.

Medical Anthropology at Oxford: Moving from Efficacy to Safety

Jul 26, 2011 838

Description:

This presentation by Dr Barbara Gerke discusses 'A changing focus in the study of Asian medical systems' and was delivered at the Medical Anthropology conference 10 Years at the Intersections, June 2011.

Medical Anthropology at Oxford: Maize, Men and New Medical Models

Jul 26, 2011 955

Description:

This presentation by doctoral student Kristina Baines was delivered at the Medical Anthropology at Oxford conference 10 Years at the Intersections. It focuses on embodied ecological heritage and health in Southern Belize.

Medical Anthropology at Oxford: Building Partnerships - a career path in research coordination and capacity building

Jul 26, 2011 821

Description:

This presentation by Dalia Iskander, a previous student of Anthropology at Oxford, was delivered at the conference Medical Anthropology at Oxford: 10 Years at the Intersections on 23 June 2011.

Medical Anthropology at Oxford: Beyond Language - Public Health Policy and Cultural Competency

Jul 26, 2011 843

Description:

This presentation by Hannah Graff, a previous MPhil student at Oxford, was delivered at the conference Medical Anthropology at Oxford: 10 Years at the Intersections on 23 June 2011.

Medical Anthropology at Oxford: 10 Years at the Intersections - opening comments

Jul 26, 2011 399

Description:

Professor Stanley Ulijaszek (School of Anthropology, Oxford) introduces 10 Years at the Intersections, a conference to celebrate 10 years of Medical Anthropology at Oxford. The conference took place 23-24 June 2011.

Human Sciences Symposium 2011: The Impact of Exceptional Early Cognitive Environments on Musical Development

Jul 26, 2011 2694

Description:

This presentation by Prof. Adam Ockelford was delivered at the 2011 Human Sciences Symposium on The Musical Brain held on 26 February in Oxford. It focuses on case studies of blind and autistic children.

Human Sciences Symposium 2011: The Musical Brain - Opening Presentation

Jul 26, 2011 1810

Description:

On 26 February 2011, the Human Sciences Symposium focused on the The Musical Brain and the links between music, evolution and human psychology. This podcast is the opening presentation by Dr Iain Morley on Music and its Evolutionary Context.

Social evolution in primates and other animals

Jun 7, 2011 2804

Description:

In this lecture, Dr Susanne Shultz (Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, Oxford) examines the social evolution of primates and other animals (10 March 2011).

Late Pleistocene Demography and the Appearance of Modern Human Behaviour

Jun 7, 2011 3814

Description:

In this seminar for the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, Professor Mark Thomas (University College London) discusses the origins of modern human behaviour (18 May 2011).

Marett Memorial Lecture 2011: Beauty and the beast

Jun 7, 2011 3283

Description:

In this year's Marett Memorial Lecture, Professor Terence S Turner (Cornell University) discusses 'Beauty and the beast: Humanity, animality and animism in the thought of an Amazonian people' (6 May 2011).

Dept Seminar: Heritage, hiking and the eradication of miracles

Mar 19, 2011 2858

Description:

In this Anthropology Dept seminar (4 February 2011), Dr Ian Reader (University of Manchester) discuss consumerism and the sanitisation of pilgrimage from Shikoku to Santiago.

Dept Seminar: Why do Bayaka Pygmies sing so much?

Mar 19, 2011 3697

Description:

In this Anthropology Dept seminar (28 January 2011), Dr Jerome Lewis (University College London) examines the place and cultural transmission of music and sound to the Bayaka Pygmies of the Central African Republic and Congo. Includes examples.

Dept Seminar: Money-go-round: personal economies of wealth

Mar 19, 2011 3018

Description:

In this Anthropology Dept Seminar (11 February 2011), Professor Deborah James (London School of Economics) discusses the personal economies of wealth, aspiration and indebtedness in South Africa.

The Anthropology of Production

Mar 19, 2011 2811

Description:

In this lecture for anthropologsts and archaeologists, Professor Chris Gosde, Institute of Archaeology, Oxford, examines the history and theory of production across different cultures and the difference between production and ownership.

Dept Seminar: Claudia's Life - Singular lives, Gypsy metonymy

Feb 22, 2011 3704

Description:

In this Anthropology Dept seminar (4 June 2010), Dr Paloma Gay y Blasco (University of St Andrews) looks at the place of women and marriage in Gypsy society and in ethnographic writings.

Dept Seminar: Dance culture and its dislocation

Feb 22, 2011 2907

Description:

In this Anthropology Dept seminar (3 December 2010) Dr Felicia Hughes-Freeland (University of Swansea) discusses the relationship between cyberspace and dance.

Dept Seminar: Neo-nationalism five years later

Feb 22, 2011 2141

Description:

In this Anthropology Dept seminar (26 November 2010), Prof. Gingrich (University of Vienna) examines a return to 'indigineity' in Central Europe.

Dept Seminar: The power of felted cloth through time and space

Feb 22, 2011 3137

Description:

In this Anthropology Dept seminar (19 November 2010), Dr Stephanie Bunn (University of St Andrews) examines the production and design of Eurasian felt, placing it in a domestic context.

Dept Seminar: Forms of detachment and ethical regard

Feb 22, 2011 2601

Description:

In this Anthropology dept seminar (29 October 2010), Dr James Laidlaw (University of Cambridge) focuses on forms of detachment in North India, including the role of the anthropologist as observer.

Dept Seminar: Kerala Muslim marriage, gender, and intimacy

Feb 22, 2011 2916

Description:

In this Anthropology Dept Seminar (22 October 2010), Dr Caroline Osella (SOAS, London) discusses the influence of migrant husbands on Kerala Muslim marriage and female households.

Money, Bodies, Materialism and Virtuality

Nov 24, 2010 2941

Description:

In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Dr David Graeber of Goldsmiths, London, examines the history of death and money and how the two can combine.

The Elementary School Teacher, the Thug, and his Grandmother: Brokers and Transnational Migration

Nov 24, 2010 2740

Description:

In this Anthropology Departmetal Seminar (February 2010) Associate Prof. Johan Lindquist (Stockholm University) discusses forced migration in Indonesia and its impact on male and female workers.

Interview with Professor Byron J Good, 2010 Marett Lecturer

Nov 24, 2010 1900

Description:

Byron J. Good, Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard Medical School, delivered the 2010 Marett Lecture at Exeter College, Oxford. He was first interviewed by Nick Shapiro (ISCA) about his life and work.

Religion and change (2003-04 Evans-Pritchard Lecture 5)

Nov 5, 2010 3077

Description:

5/5. In Autumn 2003 Professor David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford) presented the 2003/2004 Evans-Pritchard Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford. The theme was 'The life of Diko Madeleine and the History of Somi, Cameroon, in the Twentieth Century'.

Talking about Somié: from the social to the individual and back (2003-04 Evans-Pritchard Lecture 4)

Nov 5, 2010 2869

Description:

4/5. In Autumn 2003 Professor David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford) presented the 2003/2004 Evans-Pritchard Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford. The theme was 'The life of Diko Madeleine and the History of Somi, Cameroon, in the Twentieth Century'.

Talking about Diko: introducing a woman, and means of researching a life (2003-04 Evans-Pritchard Lecture 3)

Nov 5, 2010 3144

Description:

3/5. In Autumn 2003 Professor David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford) presented the 2003/2004 Evans-Pritchard Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford. The theme was 'The life of Diko Madeleine and the History of Somi, Cameroon, in the Twentieth Century'.

Writing history, talking historically: problems of biography, autobiography and social history (2003-04 Evans-Pritchard Lecture 2)

Nov 5, 2010 3343

Description:

2/5. In Autumn 2003 Professor David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford) presented the 2003/2004 Evans-Pritchard Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford. The theme was 'The life of Diko Madeleine and the History of Somi, Cameroon, in the Twentieth Century'.

Sample of One: joining the queue (2003-04 Evans-Pritchard Lecture 1)

Nov 5, 2010 3518

Description:

1/5. In Autumn 2003 Professor David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford) presented the 2003/2004 Evans-Pritchard Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford. The theme was 'The life of Diko Madeleine and the History of Somi, Cameroon, in the Twentieth Century'.

Race, kinship, genetics and the ambivalence of identity

Oct 27, 2010 2934

Description:

A paper presented at the University of Oxford School of Anthropology Departmental Seminar on Friday 15 October 2010 by Professor Peter Wade, University of Manchester.

What is social anthropology?

Oct 27, 2010 3277

Description:

First lecture of the series 'Introduction to anthropological theory' given to first year students on the Oxford BA degrees in Archaeology and Anthropology and in Human Sciences. Lecture given Tuesday 12 October 2010. Lecture delivered by Marcus Banks, Professor of Visual Anthropology, University of Oxford.

An Africanist's Legacy: Responsibilised citizens? - Discourses and practices around care of the self among HIV positive people in Tanzania

Aug 24, 2010 1967

Description:

Presented by Dr Nadine Beckmann (Leeds) at 'An Africanist's Legacy - A Workshop in Celebration of the Work of David Parkin', held at the School of Anthropology, Oxford, 8-9 July 2010.

An Africanist's Legacy: Performing fragmentary movements - perspectives on the life-history of a Muslim dancer-choreographer

Aug 24, 2010 1740

Description:

Presented by Asst. prof. Zulfiker Hirji (University of York, Toronto) at 'An Africanist's Legacy - A Workship in Celebration of the Work of David Parkin', held at The School of Anthropology, Oxford, 8-9 July 2010.

An Africanist's Legacy: Credit societies and the search for school fees in Uganda

Aug 24, 2010 1280

Description:

Presented by Dr David Mills (Oxford) at 'An Africanist's Legacy - A Workshop in Celebration of the Work of David Parkin' held at Oxford, 8-9 July 2010. Co-authored by Richard Vokes.

Part 1: Studying Anthropology at Oxford

Jul 13, 2010 1047

Description:

Current graduate students in the School of Anthropology at Oxford University talk about what it is like to study anthropology at Oxford and the different graduate degrees available.

Part 2: Studying at Oxford

Jul 13, 2010 909

Description:

Current students at the Department of Anthropology talk about what studying in Oxford is like, including choice of college and resources.

Obesity: A Personal View

Jul 13, 2010 3355

Description:

Stanley Ulijaszek, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford gives a Nutritional Anthropology talk on Obesity in different cultures around the world.

Cognition, Religion and Theology

Jul 13, 2010 3132

Description:

Justin Barrett gives a talk for the Cognition, Religion and Theology Project Conference, held at Merton College on the 28th-30th June 2010.

Tibetan Vampire Slayers in Nepal

Jul 13, 2010 3263

Description:

Dr Charles Ramble, of the Oxford University Oriental Institute, gives an Anthropology Departmental Seminar entitled The Mysterious Reluctance of Tibetan Vampire Slayers in Nepal (12 March 2010).

Measurement of Bodily Transformations (1 Feb 2010)

Jun 16, 2010 3502

Description:

Professor Stanley Ulijaszek, from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford, gave a talk on 1 February 2010 as part of the Medical Anthropology Research Seminar Series. It was entitled 'Measurement of Bodily Transformations'.

Dying for Islam: An Alternative History (12 Feb 2010)

Jun 16, 2010 3464

Description:

Dr Faisal Devji, from the Department of History and Anthropology at St Antony's College, Oxford, gave an Anthropology Departmental Seminar on 12 February 2010 entitled 'Dying for Islam: An Alternative History.

Nutritional Anthropology Lecture 5: Political Ecology of Food Security (15 March 2010)

Jun 16, 2010 3431

Description:

Professor Stanley Ulijaszek, of the Institute of Cultural Anthropology, Oxford, gave a lecture on 15 March 2010 forming part of the Nutritional Anthropology lecture series. It was entitled 'Political Ecology of Food Security'.

Nutritional Anthropology Lecture 4: Intensification of subsistence (10 Feb 2010)

May 28, 2010 3403

Description:

Stanley Ulijaszek, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford, delivers his fourth lecture in the Nutritional Anthropology series. This lecture focuses on agriculture and pastoralism.

Interview with Evans-Pritchard Lecturer Dr Charles Stewart (13 May 2010)

May 28, 2010 1918

Description:

Dr Charles Stewart (UCL) is interviewed by Anthropology graduate student Ana Ranitovic at All Souls, Oxford, about his longterm interest in dreams and historical consciousness in modern Greece.

Neither Freud nor Artemidorous, Evans-Pritchard Lecture by Charles Stewart (27 April 2010)

May 28, 2010 3461

Description:

The first Evans-Pritchard Lecture for 2010, presented at All Souls College on 27 April by Dr Charles Stewart (UCL). The series theme was Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece.

Facial tattooing among Drung women in Southwest China

Apr 13, 2010 1744

Description:

Facial tattooing is essentially a transition to what is and ought to be a woman. Gender performativity is associated with the materiality of the body: it is in fact the tattoo that makes a woman. 'The Viewpoint of the Technique: Managing Time and Crisis Resolution in Eastern Religions and Medicines' seminar series, 28-29 Jan 2010.

Qigong Deviation as a Diplomatic Disaster

Apr 13, 2010 2111

Description:

What has acknowledging the human-like qualities of 'qi' to do with preventing and treating qigong malpractice? 'The Viewpoint of the Technique: Managing Time and Crisis Resolution in Eastern Religions and Medicines' seminar series, 28-29 Jan 2010.

Nutritional Anthropology Lecture 3: Hunter-gatherer diet (5 Feb 2010)

Apr 8, 2010 2889

Description:

In this third Nutritional Anthropology lecture, Professor Stanley Ulijaszek (ISCA, Oxford) discusses hunter-gatherer subsistence ecology and its relevance to the modern world.

Medical anthropology: Famine, food crisis and living standards in North Korea (25 Jan 2010)

Apr 8, 2010 3124

Description:

Dr Daniel Jong Schwekendiek (ISCA, Oxford) examines the methodology and evidence for determining who has been 'better off' in North Korea between the 1940s and 2000s.

Anthropology seminar: Indigenous capitalism in Upland Indonesia (5 Feb 2010)

Apr 8, 2010 3481

Description:

Based on numerous field research trips over the last 20 years, Prof. Li (University of Toronto) describes how much attitudes and horizons have changed in this remote, mountainous area.

Nutritional Anthropology Lecture 2: Nutritional Quality and Child Growth

Mar 11, 2010 3064

Description:

Professor Stanley Ulijaszek (Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford) discusses nutritional factors that impact on the growth of children across the globe.

Anthropology seminar: Re-Tooling a Body with The Body

Mar 11, 2010 2986

Description:

Assistant Professor Adam Frank (University of Central Arkansas) describes Three Ways of Teaching Tajiquan to the White Guy.

Medical Anthropology: Drink me... Take me... Read me...

Mar 11, 2010 2571

Description:

Mark Lawrence, Director of First Read This (an Oxford company that aims to promote patient information leaflets), discusses how following instructions makes the patient feel better.

League of Nations; Minority Regime as Anthropological Object

Feb 19, 2010 3677

Description:

Jane K Cowan (Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Sussex) on rethinking minority, nationality, the international and international governance through history in an effort to understand the League of Nations in terms of anthropology.

People Losing Credit: Models and Innovation in Finance

Feb 19, 2010 2672

Description:

Dr Gillian Tett, Assistant Editor of the Financial Times gives a talk as part of the Ethnicity and Identity Seminar series on her experience of working for the Financial Times and how her background in Anthropology helps her in her journalistic work.

Nutritional Anthropology Lecture 1: What is the natural human diet?

Feb 19, 2010 2926

Description:

Professor Stanley Ulijaszek of the School of Anthropology gives a talk on the 'natural' human diet, and asks whether we, people living in an industrialised society, should be trying to follow the natural diet. Recorded 22nd January 2010.