The Anthropology of Life & Death: Death and emotional jet lag

As part of our third year Anthropology of Life and Death module, students explore cross-cultural understandings of life and death. This week, our featured essay is by Olivia Mounsor. Olivia’s bio: I have just completed my third year at Roehampton studying Anthropology and over the duration of my course I have been fascinated with animism Read More…

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…

Silent but deadly: Farting across cultures

By Kirsten Bell (c) PopAnth – Hot Buttered Humanity – reproduced with permission While I was lecturing at a regional university in the USA, a colleague told me about a student (let’s call him Steve), who had asked for her anthropological opinion on a recent incident. While waiting for class to start, Steve yawned and Read More…