Hands, shadows and puppets: transcending puppetry

By Yu-Chun Chen Yu-Chun Chen is currently a PhD candidate in social anthropology in the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Roehampton. Her thesis ‘Become and becoming a dancer: an ethnography of the Taipei Dance Circle’ focuses on the liminality across bodies, space and time in this dance troupe which lost their leader. Puppets, the inanimate things off Read More…

HIV/AIDS and Global Health: Hijras and HIV

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 Jana-Sharmila Sen on HIV among the Read More…

The trickster’s burden: carpet sellers and the manufacture of authenticity in the Istanbul Grand Bazaar

This week in the CRESIDA seminar series, our speaker is Patricia Scalco from the University of Helsinki, who is sharing her research with carpet sellers in the Istanbul Grand Bazaar. Come and join us on Thursday, March 21st at 4.15pm in Room G070 at Parkstead House to learn more. Abstract  The oldest and largest covered market in 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…

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…

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…