The MRes in Primate Biology, Behaviour and Conservation @ Roehampton – why I chose it, what I studied, and where it has taken me

By Raphaela Heesen There are lots of different masters’ courses in the field of evolutionary anthropology; in this piece I wanted to explain how I came to join the MRes Primate Biology, Behavior and Conservation at Roehampton, and what I feel the course has given me. Having received a Bachelor of Science from the Rheinische Read More…

The messiness (and vulnerability) of field research

By Felicity Inns We all know the importance of considering ethics when doing research and to consider the emotional effects of research on participants – in my case when delving into memory (Halbwachs, 1992) and remembrance (Marshall, 2004). I was presenting a lecture on basic social research methods for my students, focusing on ethics, and Read More…

Organs without grief: the potentials of the pig model in Danish experimental transplantation research

This week in the CRESIDA seminar series, our speaker is Anja Jensen from the University of Copenhagen, who is sharing her research on the potentials of the pig model in Danish experimental transplantation research. Come and join us on Thursday, March 7th at 4.15pm in Room G070 at Parkstead House to learn more. Abstract In Danish transplant experiments, research Read More…

Two CRESIDA staff win teaching awards

Dr Nadine Beckmann and Dr Colette Berbesque have both won inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching, making CRESIDA the only centre in the University to have multiple staff members win awards. Dr Beckmann conducts research on HIV/AIDS and Islam; sexuality, reproduction and notions of morality and uncertainty in Zanzibar; and biopolitics and health Read More…

Does alloparental care vary across a rural-urban gradient in north-western Tanzania?

This week in the CRESIDA seminar series, our speaker is Anushe Hassan from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who is sharing his research on alloparental care in Tanzania. Come and join us on Thursday, February 14th at 4.15pm in Room G070 at Parkstead House to learn more. Abstract Human mothers receive substantial support from extended Read More…

Introduction to Social & Cultural Anthropology – Review of ‘The Mushroom at the End of the World’ by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

As part of our first year Introduction to Social & Cultural Anthropology  module, students complete a reading seminar where they have to read and review a significant anthropological monograph – Anna Tsing’s “The Mushroom at the End of the World”. This week, our featured review of the book is by Jana-Sharmila Sen. Jana’s bio: I’m a Read More…

Humans and other primates: the differences in cultural complexity between orangutans and chimpanzees

In our second year Humans and Other Primates  module, students are provided with a foundation in evolutionary anthropology through an understanding of primate biology and evolution. This week, our featured essay is by Daniel Wright. Daniel’s bio: I am a second year anthropology student from South East London. Since a very young age, I have been keen on Read More…