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…

The anthropology of hair

In our first year Key Skills in Anthropology module, students are introduced to the fundamental academic skills necessary to succeed in university and post-university employment. As part of the course, students are asked to write an essay on the topic of hair from a social and biological anthropological perspective. This week we are featuring an essay by Read More…

Kinship: The effects of migrating to the West on Luo kinship and tradition

In our second year Kinship: Comparative & Contemporary Studies module, students are introduced to key theories and debates in the anthropological study of kinship. This week, our featured essay is by Tiffany Ayieko. Tiffany’s bio: After two years of Anthropology, both biological and social, I’ve fallen more for social anthropology – although the biological discipline still fascinates Read More…

Geographic variation in the human birth canal and its implications for the ‘obstetrical dilemma’ theory

The human birth canal is just large enough for the newborn, making childbirth a difficult and often dangerous process. In a recent study published in the Royal Society, Lia Betti (University of Roehampton) and Andrea Manica (University of Cambridge) show that there is substantial variation in the shape of the female pelvis across human populations, and that most Read More…