Studying the origins of human material culture in young chilldren
Sep 14, 2018 2506
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Sep 15, 2017 587
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Lucy Lowe (Edinburgh) discusses motherhood, Caesarean sections and migration in 'Little Mogadishu', Mairobi (3 Fecember 2015)
The fragility of conviction
Jun 15, 2016 3125
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Anthropologists from ISCA discuss the research and inspiration behind six recent publications
'Native Life', or, Being outside the carbon imagery
Apr 29, 2014 3173
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Feb 3, 2014 2887
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Carlo Severi (CNRS, Paris) presents an Anthropology Departmental Seminar (1 February 2013).
Re-thinking 'Untamed Thoughts' Fifty Years On
Apr 19, 2013 3847
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.