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…

The worldwide absence of aliens: An anthropological perspective

This week in the CRESIDA seminar series, the speaker is Istvan Praet (University of Roehampton), who is sharing his research on astrobiology, metaphysics and conceptions of alien life.  Come and join us on Thursday, October 24th at 4.15pm in Room G070 at Parkstead House to learn more. Abstract Based on ethnographic research with astrobiologists and planetary scientists, this Read More…

Cultural Politics on Tour – Across Northern Ireland

As part of our second year Cultural Politics on Tour module, students complete an expense-paid trip to Northern Ireland in order to apply the theories of cultural production, consumption, domination and resistance they learn to the ‘real-world’, culminating in a reflection piece. This week, our featured essay is by K. Gratia Mittelman. Gratia’s bio: K. Gratia Mittelman is a Read More…