Spotlight on… Kirsten Bell

Position: Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Roehampton Bio: Born in North Queensland in Australia, Kirsten completed her PhD in social anthropology at James Cook University in 2000 with a dissertation on Chondogyo, a new religious movement in South Korea. She worked in anthropology departments at the University of Northern Colorado in the Read More…

Spotlight on… James Davies

Position: Reader in Social Anthropology and Mental Health at the University of Roehampton Bio: James obtained his doctorate in social and medical anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2006 with a dissertation the construction of the psychotherapeutic practitioner. He is also a qualified psychotherapist and has practiced in various settings, including the NHS. James Read More…

Spotlight on… Istvan Praet

Position: Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Roehampton Bio: Born in Belgium, Istvan studied anthropology in Leuven. He then moved to the United Kingdom, where he obtained a doctorate in social anthropology from Oxford University in 2006 based on his research into conceptions and practices around shapeshifting amongst the Chachi – an indigenous Read More…

Spotlight on… Jonathan Skinner

Position: Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Roehampton Bio: Jonathan completed his PhD in Social Anthropology in 1997 at the University of St Andrews, focusing on colonial relations on the British overseas territory Montserrat. He was there whilst the 1995 volcano crisis started and has looked at risk, tourism regeneration and development work 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…

Potency, poison cultures, and the politics of toxicity: Processing mercury in Asian medicines

This week in the CRESIDA seminar series, Barbara Gerke (University of Vienna) is sharing her research on the politics of toxicity in Asian medicines. Come and join us on Thursday, November 21st at 2.30pm in Room 2025 at Parkstead House to learn more. Abstract This presentation introduces the key findings of Barbara Gerke’s second monograph Taming the Read More…