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LSE Anthropology Events

Seminar Programmes

Friday Seminar (Research Seminar on Anthropological Theory)

Our regular Research Seminar on Anthropological Theory takes place in OLD 6.05 (Seligman Library) from 10:30am - 12:30pm on Fridays during term time.

Visit the Seminar Series page for more information. 


Public Events

Department of Anthropology at LSE

Malinowski Memorial Lecture 

Primitivist Tourism and Anthropological Research: Awkward Relations

Dr Rupert Stasch, Lecturer, University of Cambridge

Rupert stasch_headshotDate: Thursday, 25 May 2017 at 6.00pm

Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building, Houghton Street, LSE, WC2A 2AE

This lecture draws on my fieldwork studying Cannibal Tours-type encounters between international visitors and Korowai people of Indonesian Papua. Korowai, tourists, and guides regularly assimilate me to tourism-relevant roles, and I regularly notice similarities between tourism participants’ ideas or practices and my own. In the lecture, I explore the ethnography of the anthropology-tourism relation in this research, following a wider well-established genre of productive reflection on anthropology’s alignments and disalignments with other social complexes it both studies and is historically co-implicated with. I emphasize that the diversity of alignments drawn or enacted by different participants does not fit one predictable construal of the anthropology-tourism relation. Concerning the side of tourists, I attach special significance to a minor but theoretically challenging pattern of tourists being “anthropological” not just in a sense of enacting primitivist ideology with historical connections to our discipline, but also being “anthropological” in a sense of taking tourism’s primitivist ideology itself as an object of inquiry, or otherwise developing ideas about tour interactions parallel to my own.

Rupert Stasch is a lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He previously taught at University of California-San Diego and Reed College, and is the author of Society of Others (2009). 

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. 

Recent Public Events

Department of Anthropology and Forum on Religion Public Lecture

Local Theory of Mind: why people experience the same God differently in different parts of the world

 Tuesday 19 January 2016
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Tanya Luhrmann
Chair: Professor Rita Astuti (LSE)

Cognitive science of religion has made significant advances in understandings of supernatural agency. Yet cultures emphasise mental processes in distinctive ways that matter for the experience of God.

Tanya Luhrmann  is Watkins University Professor, Stanford University and contributing opinion writer, New York Times

Info: m.engelke@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6494  #LSEanthro



Department of Anthropology public lecture

Anthropology and Neoliberal Capitalism: implications for theory and ethnography

Date: Wednesday 9 December  2015
Venue:  Old Theatre, Old Building
Professor Sherry Ortner
Professor Charles Stafford

In this lecture, Sherry Ortner will argue that the emergence of neoliberal capitalism since the 1980s has had profound effects on anthropology, at the levels of both theory and ethnography. At the level of theory, she will consider shifts in the ancestral status of the Marx-Weber-Durkheim set, and the significance of the rise of Foucauldian theory. At the level of ethnographic description and interpretation, she will consider the proliferation of work in which neoliberalism is either the framework or object of research.  

Sherry Ortner
is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at UCLA.

Charles Stafford
is Professor of Anthropology at the LSE and also the editor and publisher of the popular online review journal, Anthropology of this Century. 

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ or contact us at events@lse.ac.uk or 0207 955 6043.


Celebrating LSE’s 120th Anniversary in the Department of Anthropology

Click here to listen to the podcasts from the event.

On Friday, 11 December 2015, as part of the celebrations for the LSE’s 120th anniversary, the Department of Anthropology will hold a one-day event to explore its history in the formative period of Malinowski’s leadership and the years immediately after. In the 1930s, Malinowski, together with his younger colleagues and research students, who mostly worked in Africa, established the LSE department as the home of the new, fieldwork-based, functionalist social anthropology that would become dominant in Britain in the following years. Although several historians of British anthropology have described Malinowski’s achievements and their importance, most practising anthropologists have only a rough idea about them and, perhaps especially in LSE, Malinowski is often little more than a legendary name. Through a series of short talks and exhibits, designed to inform and entertain both anthropologists and others interested in the LSE’s history, this event will explore the department between the early 1930s and the 1950s, looking at some topics that have been thoroughly investigated by historians, as well as others that have not.

When: Friday, 11 December 2015 from 09:30 to 17:15
Where: Tower 1, Room G.01, LSE 


9:30 – 9:40: welcome/introduction by Katy Gardner, Head of Department

9:40 – 10:30: Michael Young’s new chapter on Malinowski at the LSE (read by Catherine Allerton in his absence) and with Adam Kuper’s commentary 

10:30 – 11:00: coffee break 

11:00 – 11:30: Michael Cox on the place of Anthropology in the LSE, c. 1930-1950

11:30 – 12:00: Sherry Ortner on Hortense Powdermaker, LSE PhD 1928

12:00 – 12:30: Jean La Fontaine on Audrey Richards, LSE PhD 1930 

12:30 – 1:30 lunch 

1:30 – 2:00: Chris Fuller on Anthropology and the LSE’s links with India and China

2:00 – 2:30: Stephan Feuchtwang on Fei Hsiao-t’ung, China, LSE PhD 1938

2:30 – 3:00: Filippo Osella on A. Aiyappan, India, LSE PhD 1937 

3:00 – 3:30: coffee break 

3:30 – 4:00: David Mills on what happens after Malinowski leaves the LSE

4:00 – 4:30: Adrian Mayer, LSE PhD 1953 on being a PhD student at the LSE + the seminar

4:30 – 5:15: Maurice Bloch on the Department in more recent times with commentaries and a round table discussion by Laura Bear and Hans Steinmuller

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Evenings of 12 November,  26 November and 10 December

to discuss their ethnographies

 These are OPEN SEMINARS of "The Anthropology of Revolution" 

SELIGMAN LIBRARY: All Staff, Students and Alumni welcome.  Come early for a seat!

For any enquiries, please write to Dr Alpa Shah: a.m.shah@lse.ac.uk (Course Convenor of Anthropology of Revolution)

Anthropology and Development: challenges for the 21st century

Department of Social Policy and Department of Anthropology public discussion

Date: Wednesday 28 October 2015
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Professor James Fairhead,  Professor Katy Gardner, Professor David Lewis, Professor David Mosse
Professor Deborah James

This is a panel discussion in support of the following publication Anthropology and Development Challenges for the Twenty-First Century, which will include both authors, Katy Gardner and David Lewis who are both LSE academics.

James Fairhead is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex.
Katy Gardner is Professor of Anthropology and Head of the Department of Anthropology at LSE.

David Lewis (@lewisd100) is Professor of Social Policy and Development and Head of the Department of Social Policy at LSE.

David Mosse is Professor of Social Anthropology at SOAS. 
Deborah James is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at LSE.


Department of Anthropology at LSE

Malinowski Memorial Lecture

Equality Without Equivalence: An Anthropology of the Common

Dr Harry Walker, Assistant Professor, LSE

Walker HeadshotDate: Thursday, 28 May 2015 at 6.00pm
Venue: Old theatre, Old Building, Houghton Street, LSE, WC2A 2AE

What would individualism and equality look like if detached from their foundations in a logic of equivalence? How might we rethink these increasingly fraught values in relation to other ways of establishing what people hold in common? Dr Walker will explore these questions and their significance with reference to Amazonia.

Harry Walker is an Assistant Professor at the LSE. He is the author of Under a Watchful Eye: Self, Power, and Intimacy in Amazonia.

Displacement, Belonging, and Longing: Notes on Traveling Heavy

Professor Ruth Behar (University of Michigan)


Date: Thursday, 30 October 2014
Time: 6.30 - 8pm
Venue: Ground Floor 1, Tower One, LSE
Chairs: Dr Ana Gutierrez and Olivia Mena

Travelers are those who go elsewhere because they want to. Immigrants are those who go elsewhere because they have to. Professor Ruth Behar explores these two different contemporary forms of movement across spatial borders. Drawing from a range of family stories and ethnographic travels described in her new book, Traveling Heavy, she will speak about issues of identity and place and the dilemmas of doing research in Cuba.

Ruth Behar was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in New York. She is the Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Among her honors, she is the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University. Ruth has worked as an ethnographer in Spain, Mexico, and Cuba, and is known for her humanistic approach to understanding identity, immigration, and the search for home in our global era.

Her books include The Presence of the Past in a Spanish Village; Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza’s Story; The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart; and An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba. She is co-editor of Women Writing Culture, editor of Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba, and co-editor of The Portable Island: Cubans at Home in the World. Her documentary, Adio Kerida/Goodbye Dear Love: A Cuban Sephardic Journey, has been shown in festivals around the world.

As much a provocative scholar as a creative writer, Ruth is also known for her essays, poetry, and fiction. Her literary work can be found in King David’s Harp: Autobiographical Essays by Jewish Latin American Writers; Telling Stories: An Anthology for Writers; Burnt Sugar/Caña Quemada: Contemporary Cuban Poetry in English and Spanish; and The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. Her latest book is Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in between Journeys.

This public lecture is part of the Sociology Department ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies (REPS) PhD Network Seminar Series and is put on jointly with the Department of Anthropology. It was also made possible through additional support from the LSE Student Union and Mike Savage's ESRC Professorial Fellowship.

To find out about other REPS events visit: http://www.lse.ac.uk/sociology/research/REPS-PhD-Network-.aspx

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ or contact us at events@lse.ac.uk or 0207 955 6043.

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From time to time there are changes to event details so we strongly recommend that if you plan to attend this event you check back on this listing on the day of the event.  

Forum on Religion Events

The Forum on Religion, originally based in the LSE's European Institute, has become part of the new Programme for the Study of Religion and Non-Religion. The Forum hosts the Programme's public lectures and an interdisciplinary seminar series, which are free and open to all.

Visit the Programme for Religion and Non-Religion to find out about Forum on Religion events.

Inequality and Poverty Events

The Programme of Research on Inequality and Poverty, funded by the ERC Starting Grant and the ESRC, runs a series of seminars, lectures, workshops and conferences.




For seminars related to specific research projects (e.g. Conflicts in Time, Popular Economies) please visit their Research Pages.