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HIV/AIDS & Global Health: HIV among older adults in South Africa

Our third year HIV/AIDS and Global Health module, which explores broader anthropological questions around HIV/AIDS, illness and healing, sexual and reproductive relationships, and global health. As part of the module students are required to design a HIV awareness poster or research proposal. This week, we are featuring a poster assignment by Hovnan Gulbenkian Eayrs on HIV among Read More…

Studying the effects of virtual substitutes for social interactions in a time of coronavirus

Human beings are social animals who rely heavily on face-to-face interactions and touch to deal with everyday stresses. Socially well-connected individuals are healthier, live longer and are generally less stressed. However, due to the social restrictions engendered by the Covid-19 pandemic, most people are suddenly cut off from physical contact with their friends and must Read More…

The anthropology of hair: Body hair removal

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…

New CRESIDA doctoral dissertation on cockfighting in the Canary Islands

Ricardo Ontillera Sanchez, a CRESIDA student, recently completed his PhD Viva based on his study of cockfighting in the Canary Islands. Originally from Spain, Ricardo is the last of several PhD students who have been working on the multi-disciplinary AHRC-funded research project ‘Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interaction’. His thesis, titled ‘Of casteadores, gallos y galleras: the Read More…

The anthropology of outer space

Social scientists study the exploration of outer space as an arena where geopolitical, environmental and neo-colonial imaginaries are taking shape. Commercial space projects, asteroid mining endeavours and futuristic off-Earth settlement schemes also have imaginative and ideological dimensions, which tend to remain unacknowledged — identifying those dimensions is one of the key aims of Istvan Praet’s Read More…

Primates, penguins and the evolution of language

Analyses of human language and the behaviour of a range of non‐human animal species have provided evidence for a common pattern underlying diverse behavioural phenomena. This is a longstanding research interest of CRESIDA’s Stuart Semple, who has extensively studied this phenomenon in primates – including a recent study demonstrating that compression underpins chimpanzee gestural communication. Drawing Read More…